Monroe County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Monroe County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded May 15, 1827
County Seat Forsyth
Address Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029-0189
Phone: 912.994.7000
Monroe County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029-0189
Phone: 912.994.7000

Probate Court has marriage, probate records from 1824, birth records from 1927 and death records from 1940; Clerk Superior Court has court and land records from 1821 and divorce records[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
One Courthouse Sq.
P.O. Box 450
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: (478) 994-7022
Fax: (478) 994-7053

Probate Court of Monroe County
P.O. Box 187
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: (478) 994-7036

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



History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1821--Monroe County was created 15 May 1827 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: Forsyth [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]

No reported loss or damage.[3]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bibb County  • Butts County  • Crawford County  • Jasper County  • Jones County  • Lamar County  • Upson County

Template:GAMonroe 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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Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate), Company K
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 32nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 35th Battalion, Georgia (Confederate), Company D
- 45th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and D
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other war's information is also given)

  • Monroe County Historical Society (Ga.). 1979. Monroe County, Georgia: a history. Forsyth, Ga: Monroe County Historical Society. (page 150-169)  975.8563 H2m
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Monroe County). 1958. Roster of soldiers who entered the Confederate Army from Monroe County. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.  Film 164288
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Monroe County). 1958. Applications of Confederate veterans & widows for pensions. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 164286

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]
  • 1881-1886 - Monroe County Birth Book E Index 1881-1886. Batch C713383 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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 $

  • 1824-1875 - Monroe County Marriage Books A, B, and B2 Index 1824-1875. Batch M713381 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1872-1881 - Monroe County Marriage Books C and D Index 1872-1881. Batch M713382 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1881-1886 - Monroe County Marriage Book E Index 1881-1886. Batch M713383 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1886-1893 - Monroe County Marriage Book F Index 1886-1893. Batch M713384 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1893-1895 - Monroe County Marriage Book G Index 1893-1895. Batch M713385 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]

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), Monroe 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 45. 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