Greene County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Greensboro
Organized: February 3, 1786
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Hancock  • Morgan  • Oconee  • Oglethorpe  • Putnam  • Taliaferro
See County Maps
Greene County, Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Greene County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for General Nathanael Greene, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. The County is located in the central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
113 N Main
Greensboro, GA 30642-1109
Phone: 706-453-7716
Greene County Website

Probate Court has marriage, death and probate records.
Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce records from 1790, court and land records from 1785.
County Health Department has birth records from 1927.[3]

Greene 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
1927 1805 1919 1785 1785 1785 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]

1787 In September the town and courthouse at Greensboro burned. Some county records were saved.[5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1786--Greene County was created February 3, 1786 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Greensboro[6]

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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Swaggy Valley
  • Temperance Bell
  • Thurston
  • Veazey
  • Wrayswood
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 Greene, 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.
1790 5,405
1800 10,761 99.1%
1810 11,679 8.5%
1820 13,589 16.4%
1830 12,549 −7.7%
1840 11,690 −6.8%
1850 13,068 11.8%
1860 12,652 −3.2%
1870 12,454 −1.6%
1880 17,547 40.9%
1890 17,051 −2.8%
1900 16,542 −3.0%
1910 18,512 11.9%
1920 18,972 2.5%
1930 12,616 −33.5%
1940 13,709 8.7%
1950 12,843 −6.3%
1960 11,193 −12.8%
1970 10,212 −8.8%
1980 11,391 11.5%
1990 11,793 3.5%
2000 14,406 22.2%
2010 15,994 11.0%
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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Bethany Presbyterian Church

  • 1841-1885 Bethany Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1841-1885. Batch C712969 at FamilySearch.[8]
  • 1841-1895 Bethany Presbyterian Church Marriage Index 1841-1895. Batch M712969 at FamilySearch.[9]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African Americans

  • 1866-1875 Greene County Colored Marriage Index 1866-1875. Batch M712965 at FamilySearch.
  • 1875-1877 Greene County Colored Marriage Index 1875-1877. Batch M712964 at FamilySearch.
  • 1878-1883 Greene County Colored Marriage Index 1878-1883. Batch M712968 at FamilySearch.

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 Greene 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Greene 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 Greene County:

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 8th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company B
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) , Company D
- 66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company G
- The USGenWeb Archives Project - Georgia
  • Rice, Thaddeus Brockett. 1961. History of Greene County, Georgia, 1786-1886. Macon, Ga: J.W. Burke Co. (page 382, 289-414) 975.861 H2r
  • Bryant, Jonathan M. 1996. How curious a land: conflict and change in Greene County, Georgia, 1850-1885. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. (page 66-89) 975.8612 H2b
  • Georgia. Superior Court (Greene County). 1980. Miscellaneous loose court papers [Greene County, Georgia]. Georgia: Georgia Dept. of Archives and History. film 1018455, 1704735 item 1

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.

1811 Greene County Tax Digest (digital images) Georgia Pioneers ($)

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]

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 Greene County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Greene County History Museum
201 North East St
Greensboro, GA 30642

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

East Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 117
Winder, GA 30680-0117

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, "Greene County, Georgia" in,_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), Greene 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), 34. 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, "Greene County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 17 Febuary 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at