Schley County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Schley County, Georgia
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Location in the state of [[Georgia]]
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Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 22, 1857
County Seat Ellaville
Address Schley County Courthouse
PO Box 352;
Ellaville, GA 31806
Phone: 912.937.2609 
Schley County Website
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County Courthouse

Schley County Courthouse
PO Box 352;
Ellaville, GA 31806
Phone: 912.937.2609 

Probate Court has birth, death and burial records from 1927,
marriage records from 1858 and probate records; Clerk Superior
has divorce, court and land records from 1850[1]


Local histories are available for Schley 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

1857--Schley County was created 22 December 1857 from Marion and Sumter Counties. County seat: Ellaville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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.


Concord Methodist Church

  • 1880-1882 - Concord Methodist Church Baptism Index 1880-1882. Batch C713661 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1880-1895 - Concord Methodist Church Marriage Index 1880-1895. Batch M713661 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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



  Veterans Records, World War I Georgia Pioneers


Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Schley 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).

  • Wills, 1858-1865 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Index to Will Book A, 1858-1905 Georgia Pioneers
  • Index to Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers, Appraisements, Dismissions, Book A, 1858-1869 Georgia Pioneers
  • Index to Annual Returns, Inventories, Appraisements, Vouchers, Dismissions, Book B, 1869-1885 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.

  • 1858-1895 - Schley County Marriage Index 1858-1895. Batch M713671 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1858-1901 - Schley County Marriage Index 1858-1901. Batch M734928 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1886 - Schley County Marriages from old newspapers 1885-1886 Georgia Pioneers

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Schley 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 3.2 3.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at