McIntosh County, Georgia Genealogy

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


McIntosh County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting McIntosh County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 19, 1793
County Seat Darien
Address McIntosh County Courthouse
PO Box 584
Darien, GA 31305-0584
Phone: 912.437.6671
McIntosh County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

McIntosh County Courthouse
PO Box 584
Darien, GA 31305-0584
Phone: 912.437.6671

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court, probate and land records[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
310 Northway St.
P.O. Box 1661
Darien, GA 31305
Phone: (912) 437-6641
Fax: (912) 437-6673

Probate Court of McIntosh County
PO Box Drawer 459
Darien, GA 31305
Phone: (912) 437-4888

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

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1793--McIntosh County was created 19 December 1793 from Liberty County. County seat:  Darien [2]

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]


1863, 1873, 1931, and 1881. During the American Civil War Federal troops destroyed the town of Darien, its courthouse, and the county's records on 11 June 1863. Later, a fire the night of 25-26 January 1873 burned the courthouse and all its contents.[3]

Courthouse fires on 23 March 1931 and 7 December 1981 did not result in any further loss of county records.[3]

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]

Glynn County  • Liberty County  • Long County  • Wayne County

Template:GAMcIntosh 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.

Episcopal[edit | edit source]

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Darien

  • 1895 - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Darien, Marriage Index 1895. Batch M713331 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien

  • 1871-1885 - St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien, Baptism Index 1871-1885. Batch C713341 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1871-1895 - St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien, Marriage Index 1871-1895. Batch M713341 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

First Presbyterian Church, Darien

  • 1864-1958 - First Presbyterian Church, Darien, Baptism Index 1864-1958. Batch C713321 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874-1947 - First Presbyterian Church, Darien, Marriage Index 1874-1947. Batch M713321 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

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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Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) , Company M
- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company M
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project  (War of 1812 pensions 1883 also)

  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (McIntosh County). 1958. Confederate veteran's pension roll, 1896-1923. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 184566
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy. McIntosh County Chapter, no. 438 (Darien, Georgia). 1958. Records of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, McIntosh County Chapter 438, Darien, Georgia. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 184505
  • McFeely, William S. 1994. Sapelo's people: a long walk into freedom. New York: W.W. Norton. (This book recreates the history of the descendants of slaves who live on a barrier island in Georgia by recounting the memories of the island's sixty-seven inhabitants.) 975.8737/S1 H2m
  • Description of historical markers in McIntosh County, Georgia. 1958. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 184586 item 2
  • History of McIntosh County, Georgia. 1958. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 184501 item 7

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 $

  • 1873-1895 - McIntosh County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1873-1895. Batch M713311 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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]

Lower Altamaha Historical Society,
Inc. PO Box 1405,
Darien, GA 31305-1405

Eufaula Memorial Library Genealogical Society The Eufaula Memorial Library Genealogical Society meets the 2nd Thursday of each month @ Eufaula Memorial Library.

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), McIntosh County, Georgia. Page 158 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 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 42-43. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at