Butts County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Jackson
Organized: December 24, 1825
Parent County(s): Henry, Monroe[1]
Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Henry  • Jasper  • Lamar  • Newton  • Spalding
See County Maps
Butts County Courthouse GA (South face).JPG
Location Map
Georgia Butts County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Samuel Butts and is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Butts County Courthouse
25 Third Street
PO Box 320
Jackson, GA 30233-0320
Phone: 770-775-8200
Butts County Website

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1825.[3]

Butts 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 1826 1919 1825 1825 1826 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 unoccupied and unfinished courthouse burned down 1 February, with no records lost.
1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse was destroyed on 17 November, but again no records were lost.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1825 Butts County was created 24 December 1825 from Henry and Monroe Counties.
  • County seat: Jackson[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]

Unincorporated communities
  • McMichael Crossroads
  • Pepperton
  • Sandy
  • Stark

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 Butts, 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 4,944
1840 5,308 7.4%
1850 6,488 22.2%
1860 6,455 −0.5%
1870 6,941 7.5%
1880 8,311 19.7%
1890 10,565 27.1%
1900 12,805 21.2%
1910 13,624 6.4%
1920 12,327 −9.5%
1930 9,345 −24.2%
1940 9,182 −1.7%
1950 9,079 −1.1%
1960 8,976 −1.1%
1970 10,560 17.6%
1980 13,665 29.4%
1990 15,326 12.2%
2000 19,522 27.4%
2010 23,655 21.2%
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

Methodist Episcopal
England's Chapel

  • 1886-1924 England's Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church Baptism Index 1886-1924. Batch C712271 at FamilySearch.

Jackson Methodist Church

  • 1846-1885 Jackson Methodist Church Baptism Index 1846-1885. Batch C712301 at FamilySearch.
  • 1846-1895 Jackson Methodist Church Marriage Index 1846-1895. Batch M712301 at FamilySearch.

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 Butts 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Henry CountyNewton CountyJasper CountyMonroe CountyLamar CountySpalding CountyGA BUTTS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Butts 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 Butts County:

- 6th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, B and C
- 45th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I

  • McMichael, Lois. 1988. History of Butts County Georgia, 1825-1976: Revised edition. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press.(page 387-399) 975.8585 H2m
  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty. 1995. Confederate soldiers and their units, Butts County, Georgia. Anniston, Alabama: MLH Research. 975.8585 M2h

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]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Butts County Genealogy Society
P O Box 1297
Jackson, Georgia 30233
Butts County Genealogy Society
Georgia County Genealogy Society

East Georgia Genealogical Society
P O Box 117
Winder, GA 30680-0117
Email: gaeggs@yahoo.com
East Georgia Genealogical Society Inc.
East Georgia Genealogical Society Inc. Facebook

Winder Library 189 Bellview St
Winder, GA 30680
Winder, GA 30680
Phone: 770=867-2762
Email: winderlibrary@prlib.org
Winder Public Library
Winder Public Library Facebook

Butts County Historical Society, Inc.
P O Box 215
Jackson, GA 30233, US
Phone: 770-775-3313
Email: buttscountygahistoricalsociety@yahoo.com
Butts County Historical Society
Butts County Historical Society, Inc. Facebook
Butts County Historical Society, Inc.

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, "Butts, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butts_County,_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), Butts 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 17-18. 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, "Butts County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butts_County%2C_Georgia, accessed 31 January 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.