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

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Online Records

Putnam County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 10, 1807
County Seat Eatonton
Address Putnam County Courthouse
100 S Jefferson Avenue
Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: 706.485.4501 
Putnam County Website

County Courthouse

Putnam County Courthouse
100 S Jefferson Avenue
Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: 706.485.4501 

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1807
Probate Court has birth records from 1866, marriage and probate
records from 1808, death records from 1919 and tax digest 1812-1848[1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[2]

Parent County

1807--Putnam County was created 10 December 1807 fromBaldwin County. 
County seat:  Eatonton [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




  Crooked Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Members 1807, 1820, 1824-1826 Georgia Pioneers



Local Histories



  Muster Roll of Brown Rifles,  C. S. A. Georgia Pioneers



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.

  • 1808-1842 - Putnam County Marriage Books A thru D Index 1808-1842. Batch M713541 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1842-1868 - Putnam County Marriage Books E and F Index 1842-1868. Batch M713542 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1869-1879 - Putnam County Marriage Books G and H Index 1869-1879. Batch M713543 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1878-1895 - Putnam County Marriage Books I and J Index 1878-1895. Batch M713544 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Georgia. Page 159 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Putnam County, Georgia," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  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/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.