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

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Online Records

Oconee County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Oconee County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded February 25, 1875
County Seat Watkinsville
Address Oconee County Courthouse
23 N Main Street
PO Box 1099
Watkinsville, GA 30677-2438
Phone: 706.769.3940
Oconee County Website

County Courthouse

Oconee County Courthouse
23 N Main Street
PO Box 1099
Watkinsville, GA 30677-2438
Phone: 706.769.3940

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court, and land records from 1875.[1]

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



Parent County

1875--Oconee County was created 25 February 1875 from Clarke County. County seat: Watkinsville [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

1887 Most of the town of Watkinsville and its courthouse burned 7 January 1887. Only the county commission records were lost.[3]

Judge R.M. Jackson and a local minister carried the rest of the courthouse records to safety during the inferno.[3]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



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.



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 Oconee 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.




Civil War

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

- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)



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


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).


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

  • 1875-2008 - Oconee County, Georgia Probate Court Birth Certificates, 1875-2008. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1875-1893 - Oconee County Marriage Index 1875-1893. Batch M713461 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875-2010 - Vital Records; Marriage Licenses. Watkinsville, Georgia: Oconee County Probate Court. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1894-1895 - Oconee County Marriage Index 1894-1895. Batch M713462 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1927-2010 - Vital Records; Marriage Licenses. Watkinsville, Georgia: Oconee County Probate Court. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oconee County, Georgia. Page 159 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. 3.0 3.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 47. 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/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.