Baker County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Newton
Organized: December 12, 1825
Parent County(s): Early[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calhoun  • Decatur  • Dougherty  • Early  • Miller  • Mitchell
See County Maps
Baker County Courthouse, Newton.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Baker County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Baker and is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Baker County Courthouse
167 Baker Place
Newton, GA 39870
Phone: 229-734-3000
Baker County Website

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, and probate court records.
County Clerk has divorce, court and land records from 1861.[3]

Baker 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
1930 1875 1930 1879 1850 1868 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]

1873 The courthouse at Newton burned the night of 17-18 December 1873. All the Ordinary Court and most Superior Court records were lost.[5][6]

Surviving records include:[5]

  • Deed book 20
  • Mortgage books B and C
  • 1845 tax digest

1925, 1929 and 1994 Flooding damaged the courthouse and may have damaged records.[5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1825 Baker County was created 12 December 1825 from Early County.
  • County seat: Newton[7]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the 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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
  • Hawkinstown
  • Hoggard Mill
  • Iveys Mill
  • Jones Spur
  • Milford
  • Mimsville
  • Patmos
  • Red Store Crossroads
Ghost towns
  • Fish Trap
  • Ledbetter

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,253
1840 4,226 237.3%
1850 8,120 92.1%
1860 4,985 −38.6%
1870 6,843 37.3%
1880 7,307 6.8%
1890 6,144 −15.9%
1900 6,704 9.1%
1910 7,973 18.9%
1920 8,298 4.1%
1930 7,818 −5.8%
1940 7,344 −6.1%
1950 5,952 −19.0%
1960 4,543 −23.7%
1970 3,875 −14.7%
1980 3,808 −1.7%
1990 3,615 −5.1%
2000 4,074 12.7%
2010 3,451 −15.3%
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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 Baker 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.

  • Baker County Historical Society (Ga.). 1991. The History of Baker County, Georgia. Roswell, Ga: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division. (Table 2 - Veterans, page 434-437) at FHL Collection and at other libraries

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 Baker 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 Baker County:

- 6th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 51st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies D and E
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate),
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate), Company B
- 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate)

  • Baker County Historical Society (Ga.). 1991. The History of Baker County, Georgia. Roswell, Ga: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division. (Table 2 - Veterans, page 434-437) at FHL Collection and at other libraries

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 Baker 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 Baker County. For state-wide library facilities, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

East Baker Historical Society
156 Roosevelt Avenue
Newton, GA, 39870

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, "Baker, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Georgia." accessed 31 Oct 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), Baker 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 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 11-13. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Newton, GA Baker County Courthouse Fire, Dec 1873 at
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Baker County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 26 January 2019.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at