Macon County, Georgia Genealogy

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Guide to Macon County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Macon County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Macon County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1837
County Seat Oglethorpe
Address Macon County Courthouse
Sumter Street
PO Box 297
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: 912.471.7021
Macon County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Macon County Courthouse
Sumter Street
PO Box 297
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: 912.471.7021

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records; Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1857, birth and death records from 1927[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
121 S. Sumter St.
P.O. Box 337
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: (478) 472-7661
Fax: (478) 472-4775

Probate Court of Macon County
P.O. Box 216
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: (478) 472-7685

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


History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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The county is named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837).[2]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1837--Macon County was created 14 December 1837 from Houston and Marion Counties.
County seat:  Oglethorpe [3]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Variant Spellings[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


1857. The courthouse at Oglethorpe burned 25 February 1857. Most county records were lost. A few probate records survived.[4]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Dooly County  • Houston County  • Peach County  • Schley County  • Sumter County  • Taylor County

Template:GAMacon County, Georgia Clickable Neighbors

Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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  • Butler, John C. Historical Record of Macon and Central Georgia, Containing Many Interesting and Valuable Reminiscences Connected with the Whole State, Including Numerous Incidents and Facts Never Before Published and of Great Historic Value. Macon, GA, USA: J. W. Burke, 1879. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 4th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 10th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate),
- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 25th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) Companies C and K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other war's information is also given)

  • Hays, Louise Frederick. 1933. History of Macon County, Georgia. Atlanta, Ga: Stein Printing Company. (page 303-336; 345-359) 975.8513 H2h digital version
  • Butler, John C. 1989. Historical record of Macon and central Georgia, containing many interesting and valuable reminiscences connected with the whole state: including numerous incidents and facts never before published and of great historic value. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 1597554
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Macon County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1861-1865; Confederate pension roll, 1890-1920; and Confederate muster roll, 1890-1920. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 310941

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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Occupations[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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).

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 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[edit | edit source]

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

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

1828 - 1978 Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at — index and images $ 1699 - 1944 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at— index $

  • 1858-1880 - Macon County Marriage Books A and B Index 1858-1880. Batch M713251 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1879-1901 - Macon County Marriage Books C and D Index 1879-1901. Batch M713252 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

1919 - 1998 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at — index $

Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Macon County Historical Society,
PO Box 571
Montezuma , GA 31063-0571 ; (912) 472-9698

Macon County Historical Society
PO Box 304
Macon, MO 63552

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Macon County, Georgia. Page 158 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Nathaniel Macon", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 41. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at