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Johnson County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Johnson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 11, 1858
County Seat Wrightsville
Courthouse
Address Johnson County Courthouse
PO Box 269
Wrightsville, GA 31096-0269
Phone: 912.864.3388
Johnson County Website


County Information

Johnson County, Georgia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Johnson County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

1859

1860
1859
1859


County Courthouse

Johnson County Courthouse
PO Box 269
Wrightsville, GA 31096-0269
Phone: 912.864.3388

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court, and land records from 1858[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
East Elm St.
P.O. Box 321
Wrightsville, GA 31096
Telephone: (478) 864-3484
Fax: (478) 864-1343

Probate Court of Johnson County
2557 E. Elm Street
P.O. Box 264
Wrightsville, GA 31096
Telephone: 478-864-3316
Fax: 478-864-0528

History

Parent County

1858--Johnson County was created 11 December 1858 from Emanuel, Laurens and Washington Counties.

County seat: Wrightsville [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Emanuel County  • Jefferson County  • Laurens County  • Treutlen County  • Washington County  • Wilkinson County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
GAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
GAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.

  Members of Oakey Grove Church, near Wrightsville for 1818 Georgia Pioneers $

Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Johnson County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.

Maps

Gajohnson.jpg

Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Johnson County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Johnson County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 48th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project 


  • Meadows, Mattie Lee Hoover. 1995. Johnson County, Georgia Confederate soldiers. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 1598290 item 5
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Johnson County). 1966. Confederate roster, 1861-1865; and Confederate pension roll, 1890-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah. film 434497


Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online..

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

Birth
Marriage Records
  • 1859-1895 - Johnson County Marriage Books A and B Index 1859-1895. Batch M713151 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1873-1876 - Johnson County Loose Papers Marriage Index 1873-1876. Batch M713152 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Johnson County Historical Society
Wrightsville, Georgia

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Johnson County, Georgia. Page 157 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 38. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.