Lowndes County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Valdosta
Organized: December 23, 1825
Parent County(s): Irwin[1]
Neighboring Counties
Berrien  • Brooks  • Cook  • Echols  • Hamilton (FL)  • Lanier  • Madison (FL)
See County Maps
Lowndes County Courthouse Valdosta, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Lowndes County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Jones Lowndes. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lowndes County Courthouse
325 W Savannah Avenue
PO Box 1349
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229.333.5127
Lowndes County Website

Probate Court has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1858.[3]

Lowndes 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 1870 1919 1858 1858 1862 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]

1858 The courthouse at Troupville burned 23 June 1858 and also in 1870. Deeds and Superior Court records were destroyed. Some probate books survived.[5]

1870 The Ordinary's Office and all the county's ordinary (probate) records in Valadosta were destroyed by fire sometime in November 1870, probably 10 November, when ten offices and buildings were burned.[5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1825 Lowndes County was created 23 Dec 1825 from Irwin County.
  • County seat: Valdosta[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
  • Bandy
  • Barretts
  • Beloteville
  • Bemiss
  • Blanton
  • Cat Creek
  • Clyattville
  • Delmar
  • Eddy
  • Franklinville
  • Little Miami
  • Long Pond
  • Lowndesville
  • Haines
  • Indianola
  • Kinderlou
  • Mars
  • Melrose
  • Mineola
  • Olympia
Census-designated places

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 Lowndes, 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 2,453
1840 5,574 127.2%
1850 7,714 38.4%
1860 5,249 −32.0%
1870 8,321 58.5%
1880 11,049 32.8%
1890 15,102 36.7%
1900 20,036 32.7%
1910 24,436 22.0%
1920 26,521 8.5%
1930 29,994 13.1%
1940 31,860 6.2%
1950 35,211 10.5%
1960 49,270 39.9%
1970 55,112 11.9%
1980 67,972 23.3%
1990 75,981 11.8%
2000 92,115 21.2%
2010 109,233 18.6%
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 Lowndes 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.

  • History of Lowndes County, Georgia, 1825-1941. Valdosta, Ga.: General James Jackson Chapter, D.A.R., 1942?. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County:

- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 29th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and D
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- Tiller's Company, Georgia Light Artillery (Echols Light Artillery) (Confederate)

  • Daughters of the American Revolution. 1978. History of Lowndes County, Georgia, 1825-1941: with new index. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co. (page 128-149) 975.8864 H2d
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Lowndes County). 1967. Confederate pension roll, 1910-1928. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 550586

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 Lowndes County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum
305 West Central Avenue
PO Box 56
Valdosta, GA 31603-0056
Email: research.lchs@gmail.com

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogy Unlimited Society Lowndes County, Georgia
Email: neisen@bellsouth.net

Hahira Historical Society
116 Lawson Street
Hahira, GA 31632
Email: kathleenblanton@gmail.com

Lake Park Area Historical Society
PO Box 803
Lake Park, GA 31636-0803
229-559-5771, 229-559-7959; 229-559-7470
Email: genejanjay@aol.com

Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 595
Homerville, GA 31634
Email: huxford@windstream.net

Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum
305 West Central Avenue
PO Box 56
Valdosta, GA 31603-0056
Email: research.lchs@gmail.com

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, "Lowndes County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowndes_County,_Georgia accessed 1 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), Lowndes 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 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 39-41. 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, "Lowndes County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowndes_County,_Georgia, accessed 5 September 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.