Marion County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Marion County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 14, 1837
County Seat Buena Vista
Address Marion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Buena Vista, GA 31803-0000
Phone: 912.649.2603
Marion County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Marion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Buena Vista, GA 31803-0000
Phone: 912.649.2603

Courthouse fire in 1845; all records lost; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
100 Broad St.
P.O. Box 41
Buena Vista, GA 31803
Phone: (229) 649-7321
Fax: (229) 649-7931

Probate Court of Marion County
PO Box 196
Buena Vista, GA 31803
Phone: (229) 649-5542

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

History[edit | edit source]

Francis Marion.JPG

The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[2]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1827--Marion County was created 14 December 1837 from Lee and Muscogee Counties.
County seat:  Buena Vista [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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]


1845. The courthouse at Tazewell burned 4 November 1845, and almost all county records were destroyed.[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]

Chattahoochee County  • Schley County  • Stewart County  • Sumter County  • Talbot County  • Taylor County  • Webster County

Template:GAMarion 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]

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Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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  • Powell, Nettie. History of Marion County, Georgia. Columbus, Ga.: Historical Pub. Co., 1931. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 28th Battalion, Georgia Siege Artillery (Confederate), Company A
- 46th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G and H
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) , Company C
- 63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other war's information is also given)

  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty. 1995. Muster roll, Co. K, 12th Georgia Regiment, Infantry: "Marion Guards". [Anniston, Alabama]: M.B. Hageness. 975.8482 M2; film 6038690
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Marion County). 1966. Relief Committee book, money and goods provided for wives and children of soldiers of the war, 1861-1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422256
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Marion County). 1966. Confederate pension records, 1890-1948. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422233

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 $

  • 1844-1885 - Marion County Marriage Books A and B Index 1844-1885. Batch M713281 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1885-1895 - Marion County Marriage Books C and D Index 1885-1895. Batch M713282 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1885-1886 - Marion County Marriages 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers
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]

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), Marion County, Georgia. Page 158 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Francis Marion," 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