Wilkinson County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Irwinton
Organized: May 11, 1803
Parent County(s): Creek Indian lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baldwin  • Bleckley  • Johnson  • Jones  • Laurens  • Twiggs  • Washington
See County Maps
Wilkinson County Courthouse Irwinton, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Wilkinson County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for General James Wilkinson (1757-1825). The County is located in the central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wilkinson County Courthouse
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: 478-946-2221
Wilkinson County Website

Clerk Superior Court has some divorce records and land records from 1852.[3]

Wilkinson County, Georgia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1854 1919 1855 1852 1854 1820
*Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1828 The courthouse at Irwinton burned on 16 March. All of the county courthouse records were lost.[5]
1854 The courthouse burned down on 7 February and all county records were destroyed.[5]
1864 During the American Civil War sometime between 23 and 26 November 1864 Wilkinson County's courthouse was razed. Very few of the county's probate records dating before the Civil War are available; however, some other types of records survived (for example, deeds starting in 1854). Superior Court minutes begin in 1864.[5]
1924 Fire burned the courthouse on 15 February, destroying some records. There are significant gaps in Wilkinson County's records between 1864 and 1924. [5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1803 Wilkinson County was created 11 May 1803 from Creek Indian lands.
  • County seat: Irwinton[6]

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

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]\

Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Wilkinson, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Wilkinson County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,154
1820 6,992 224.6%
1830 6,513 −6.9%
1840 6,842 5.1%
1850 8,296 21.3%
1860 9,376 13.0%
1870 9,383 0.1%
1880 12,061 28.5%
1890 10,871 −9.9%
1900 11,440 5.2%
1910 10,078 −11.9%
1920 11,376 12.9%
1930 10,844 −4.7%
1940 11,025 1.7%
1950 9,781 −11.3%
1960 9,250 −5.4%
1970 9,393 1.5%
1980 10,368 10.4%
1990 10,228 −1.4%
2000 10,220 −0.1%
2010 9,563 −6.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Wilkinson County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.

  • Davidson, Victor. History of Wilkinson County. n.p.: John Ball Chapter, D.A.R., c1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Wilkinson County 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 Wilkinson County:

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies D, I and K

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records

Periodicals[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).

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Wilkinson County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Wilkinson County. For state-wide library facilities, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Wilkinson County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Georgia Societies.

  • Wilkinson County Historical Society
    PO Box 1076
    Gordon, GA 31031-1076
    Phone: 478-946-2723
  • Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society
    c/o Hart County Library, Benson St.
    Hartwell, GA 30643
  • Wiregrass Genealogical Society
    45 25th Ave.
    Eastman, GA 31023

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Wilkinson County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkinson_County,_Georgia accessed 7 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wilkinson County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 60-62. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Wilkinson_County,_Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkinson_County,_Georgia, accessed 18 October 2019.