Screven County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Screven County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1793
County Seat Sylvania
Address Screven County Courthouse
216 Mims Road;
Sylvania, GA 30467-0159
Phone: 912.564.2622 
Screven County Website

County Courthouse

Screven County Courthouse
216 Mims Road;
Sylvania, GA 30467-0159
Phone: 912.564.2622 

Probate Court has birth and death record from 1927, marriage and probate 
records from 1817; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from
1816 and land records from 1790[1]


Parent County

1793--Screven County was created 14 December 1793 fromBurke and Effingham Counties. County seat: Sylvania [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1860's and 1896 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





All Saints Church, Sylvania

  • 1879-1885 - All Saints Church, Sylvania, Baptism Index 1879-1885. Batch C713701 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1879-1895 - All Saints Church, Sylvania, Marriage Index 1879-1895. Batch M713701 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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).


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.

  • 1815-1850 - Screven County Marriage Index 1815-1850 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1817-1851 - Screven County Marriage Index 1817-1851. Batch M713691 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1838-1869 - Screven County Marriage Index 1838-1869. Batch M713692 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Screven 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