Georgia Probate Records
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Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- Georgia's Virtual Vault Colonial Will Books; Index and images.
- Georgia's Virtual Vault Colonial Wills; Index and images.
- 1733-1777 Abstracts of colonial wills of the state of Georgia, 1733-1777 at FamilySearch Catalog
- 1733-1780 Wills, Colony of Georgia, at Georgia Archives - index & images
- 1742-1992 Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992 at Ancestry ($); index & images
- 1742-1990 Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 at FamilySearch; index and images — How to Use this Collection
- 1754-1777 Estate records from estates probated in the Colony of Georgia, 1754-1777. These records are from Record Group 49-1-1, Colony of Georgia--Estate Records.
To see a listing of all Family History Library Georgia probate resources, use the FamilySearch Catalog:
- Enter United States, Georgia as the Place
- Enter Probate as the Subject
The listing will include resources of online indexes and images as well as resources available at the Family History Library. Also, community 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
History[edit | edit source]
The colonial courts of Georgia kept some early probate records, but few records from the colonial period exist today. From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates in each county 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. The Family History Library, for example, has probate records from Fulton County that include letters of administration, guardianship, executors, inventories and appraisements, bonds, 12-months support, minutes, annual returns and vouchers, bills of sale, and wills. These are generally from the years 1829 to 1930.
Published Indexes[edit | edit source]
Important published indexes of probate records include:
- Brooke, Ted O. Georgia Will Directory 1733-1900 2013. FHL Books 975.8 P22b 1733-1860 and 975.8 P22b 1861-1900.
- Index to Probate Records of Colonial Georgia, 1733-1778. Atlanta, Georgia: R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation, 1983. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 975.8 P2i.
- Abstracts of Colonial Wills of the State of Georgia, 1733-1777. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Company, 1981. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6126365 (2 fiche); Book 975.8 P2a, 1981.