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Laurens County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Laurens County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 10, 1807
County Seat Dublin
Courthouse
Address Laurens County Courthouse
101 N Jefferson Street
Dublin, GA 31021-6198
Phone: 478.272.3210
Laurens County Website


County Information

Laurens County, Georgia Record Dates

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

1809

1810
1807
1808

County Courthouse

Laurens County Courthouse
101 N Jefferson Street
Dublin, GA 31021-6198
Phone: 478.272.3210

Probate Court has marriage and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court, and land records from 1807; County Health Department has birth and death records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
101 N. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 2028
Dublin, GA 31040
Phone: (478) 272-3210
Fax: (478) 275-2595

Probate Court of Laurens County
P.O. Box 2098
Dublin, GA 31040
Phone: (478) 272-2566

History

Parent County

1807--Laurens County was created 10 December 1807 from Wilkinson County. County seat:  Dublin [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

Bleckley County  • Dodge County  • Emanuel County  • Johnson County  • Treutlen County  • Twiggs County  • Wheeler County  • Wilkinson County  •

Laurens CountyTreutlen CountyEmanuel CountyBurke CountyJefferson CountyWashington CountyWilkinson CountyJones CountyJohnson CountyBibb CountyTwiggs CountyBleckley CountyHouston CountyPulaski CountyDodge CountyWilcox CountyTurner CountyBen Hill CountyTelfair CountyJeff Davis CountyAppling CountyWheeler CountyMontgomery CountyToombs CountyGALaurens.JPG


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
Georgia Interment
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.

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 Laurens 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

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Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Laurens 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 Laurens County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B, C and I
- 63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company H
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


  • Hart, Bertha Sheppard. 1941. The official history of Laurens county, Georgia, 1807-1941. (page 56-69) 975.8535 H2H digital version
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Laurens County). 1965. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1938; Confederate soldiers records; and Confederate soldiers license, 1901-1906. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422024

Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Laurens 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
  • 1885 - 1886 - Laurens County Marriages 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers $
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Laurens County Historical Society
311 Academy Ave
Dublin 31021-5219

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), Laurens 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 4.2 4.3 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.