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

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Online Records

Wilkinson County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Wilkinson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded May 11, 1803
County Seat Hettinger
Address Wilkinson County Courthouse]
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: 478.946.2221 
Wilkinson County Website

County Courthouse

Wilkinson County Courthouse
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: 478.946.2221 

Clerk Superior Court has some divorce records and land records from 1852[1]

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



Parent County

1803--Wilkinson County was created 11 May 1803 from Creek Indian Lands.  County seat:  Irwinton [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

1828, 1854, 1864, and 1924. The courthouse at Irwinton burned 16 March 1828. All of the county courthouse records were lost.[3]

7 February 1854 the courthouse burned down and all county records in it were destroyed.[3]

During the American Civil War sometime between 23 and 26 November 1864 Wilkinson County's courthouse was razed by divisions of the Fifteenth and Twentieth Corps of the Union Army on their march to the sea. Very few of the county's probate records before the Civil War are available. Nevertheless, some other types of records survived.[3]

Last, another fire burned the county's courthouse 15 February 1924. Early reports indicated little record loss, but it is telling that there are still significant gaps in Wilkinson County's records between 1864 and 1924.[3]

Deeds starting in 1854 still survive. Superior Court minutes begin in 1864.[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 Wilkinson 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.

  • Davidson, Victor. History of Wilkinson County. n.p.: John Ball Chapter, D.A.R., c1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

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

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies D, I and K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project



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

  • 1817-1860 - Wilkinson County, Georgia Wills 1817-1860 (abstracts) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1820-1853 - Index to Wilkinson County, Georgia Annual Returns and Estates 1820-1853 at Georgia Pioneers ($).


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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

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), Wilkinson County, Georgia. Page 162 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 3.4 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 60-62. At various libraries (WorldCat).