Newton County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Newton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Newton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 24, 1821
County Seat Covington
Address Newton County Courthouse
113 Usher Street
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 770.784.2000
Newton County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Newton County Courthouse
113 Usher Street
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 770.784.2000

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1822 and miltiary records from 1917[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
1132 Usher St., Rm 338
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: (770) 784-2035
Fax: (770) 385-8930

Probate Court of Newton County
1132 Usher Street, Room 148
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: (770) 784-2045

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


History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1821--Newton County was created 24 December 1821 from Henry, Jasper and Walton Counties.
County seat: Covington [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]


1883. The courthouse at Covington burned 31 December 1883. A few old tax books and court records burned, but citizens carried most county records to safety.[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]

Butts County  • Henry County  • Jasper County  • Morgan County  • Rockdale County  • Walton County

Template:GANewton 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]

  • G. H. P. Noah Phillips of Newton County, GA. and Litchfield, Conn. His Ancestors and Descendants. Covington, Georgia. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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 Newton 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 Newton County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 18th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and F
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and E
- 66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- The USGenWeb Archives Project - Georgia (other war's information is also given)

  • Bowen, Rhoda Anne, and Freda R. Turner. 1992. Georgia confederate soldier obituaries: Henry, Newton, and Rockdale counties, 1879-1943. Alpharetta, GA: WH Wolfe Associates. 975.8 V4b digital version
  • Newton County Historical Society (Georgia). 1988. A History of Newton County, Georgia. Covington, Georgia: Newton County Historical Society (GA). (page 235-281) 975.8593 H2h
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Newton County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1861-1865; Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 325767
  • Georgia. 1963. Inferior Court minutes, sitting for County purposes, 1841-1874. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. (United States, Georgia, Newton -- Military records -- Civil War, 1861-1865.)325799

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 $

  • 1822-1867 - Newton County Marriage Index 1822-1867. Batch M713451 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1850-1865 - Newton County Marriage Index 1850-1865. Batch M713452 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1852-1869 - Newton County Marriage Index 1852-1869. Batch M713453 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1866-1875 - Newton County Marriage Index 1866-1875. Batch M713454 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874-1894 - Newton County Marriage Index 1874-1894. Batch M713455 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1894-1895 - Newton County Marriage Index 1894-1895. Batch M713456 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]

Newton County Historical Society
2100 Washington Street
PO Box 2415
Covington, GA 30210

East Georgia Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 117
Winder, GA 30680
East Georgia Genealogical Society

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), Newton County, Georgia. Page 159 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), 46. 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