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Guide to Charlton County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Charlton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Charlton County
Location in the state of [[Georgia]]
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1854
County Seat Folkston
Address Charlton County Courthouse
100 Third Street
Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: 912.496.2549
Charlton County Website
[[Category:Georgia Counties]]

Charlton County Georgia Courthouse

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death, burial
and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has
divorce, court and land  records from 1877[1]

Charlton County Georgia History

Local histories are available for Charlton 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.

Parent County

1854--Charlton County was created 18 February 1854 fromCamden County.  County seat:  Folkston [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1877 and February 19, 1928 - Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Charlton County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Charlton County Georgia Genealogy Resources



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.


  Bonds of City Officials 1877-1891 Georgia Pioneers


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.

  Index of Homesteads 1899-1912 Georgia Pioneers

Local Histories

  • McQueen, Alex. S. History of Charlton County. Atlanta, Ga.: Stein Print. Co., c1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

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


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).

  Index to Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1879-1889 Georgia Pioneers

  Index to letters of Administration 1884-1892 Georgia Pioneers

  Index to Will Book A 1868-1911 Georgia Pioneers

  Index to Will Book R 1912-1960 Georgia Pioneers

  Wills 1868-1912 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers


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.

  • 1859-60, 1869-70 - Charlton County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Charlton County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Charlton County Georgia Genealogy Websites 

  Georgia Pioneers Georgia Pioneers

Charlton County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Charlton County, Georgia. Page 152 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).