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

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Emanuel County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 10, 1812
County Seat Swainsboro
Address Emanuel County Courthouse
201 N Main Street
PO Box 787
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401-2042
Phone: 912.237.8911
Emanuel County Website

Emanuel County Georgia Courthouse

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and
probate records; Clerk Superior Court has
divorce, court and land records from 1812[1]

Emanuel County Georgia History

Parent County

1812--Emanuel County was created 10 December 1812 from Bulloch and Montgomery Counties.
County seat: Swainsboro [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1841, 1855, 1857, 1919, and 1938 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Emanuel County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Emanuel County Georgia Genealogy Resources





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





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).

  • Wills 1825-1857 (digital images). See list of testators. Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills 1857-1907 (digital images). See list of testators.  Georgia Pioneers
  • Index to Wills, Administrations, Guardians, Bonds, Book A, 1815-1868 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 

  • 1818-1885 - Emanuel County Birth Index 1818-1885. Batch C712751 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1817-1860 - Index to Emanuel County Marriages 1817-1860 Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1887-1895 - Emanuel County Marriage Book B Index 1887-1895. Batch M712753 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1859-60, 1879-80 - Emanuel County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Emanuel County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Emanuel County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Emanuel County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Emanuel County, Georgia. Page 155 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. 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.