Montgomery County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mont Vernon
Organized: December 19, 1793
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Emanuel  • Jeff Davis  • Toombs  • Treutlen  • Wheeler
See County Maps
Montgomery County Courthouse Mt Vernon, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Montgomery County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County Courthouse
Railroad Avenue; PO Box 295
Mont Vernon, GA 30445
Phone: 912-583-2363
Montgomery County Website

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1918, marriage records from 1807 and probate records from 1793.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1800 and land records from 1793.
Most original records prior to 1890 are in State Archives.[3]

Montgomery 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
1918 1807 1918 1800 1793 1793 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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1793 Montgomery County was created 19 December 1793 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Mont Vernon[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

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 Montgomery, 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

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969

US Vol. 5 page 106 - cemetery on Mr. Hamilton's farm (1955)

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 3,180
1810 2,954 −7.1%
1820 1,869 −36.7%
1830 1,269 −32.1%
1840 1,616 27.3%
1850 2,154 33.3%
1860 2,997 39.1%
1870 3,586 19.7%
1880 5,381 50.1%
1890 9,248 71.9%
1900 16,359 76.9%
1910 19,638 20.0%
1920 9,167 −53.3%
1930 10,020 9.3%
1940 9,668 −3.5%
1950 7,901 −18.3%
1960 6,284 −20.5%
1970 6,099 −2.9%
1980 7,011 15.0%
1990 7,163 2.2%
2000 8,270 15.5%
2010 9,123 10.3%
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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]

  • Montgomery County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings; Volume 1, 1886-1905. 1993. By Tad Evans. Savannah, Georgia : Tad Evans. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Montgomery County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings; Volume 2, 1906-1919. 1994. By Tad Evans. Savannah, Georgia : Tad Evans. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

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]

Project McRae - interactive website exploring the African American lineage descending from Moses McRae of Montgomery County, Georgia.

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 Montgomery 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]

Treutlen CountyEmanuel CountyToombs CountyJeff Davis CountyWheeler CountyGA MONTGOMERY.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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery County:

- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E

  • Dorsey, James Edward. 1991. Montgomery County, Georgia genealogical source material. Gainesville, Ga: Magnolia Press. (page 49-51, 53-54, 58-67) 975.8832 H2d
  • Davis, Robert Scott. 1992. A history of Montgomery County, Georgia, to 1918. Roswell, Ga: WH Wolfe Associates. (Confederate Pension and Confederate Roster page 165-208) 975.8832 H2dr

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]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Wiregrass Genealogical Society
Wiregrass Genealogical Society

Central Georgia Genealogical Society
PO Box 2024
Warner Robins, GA 31099-2024
Central Georgia Genealogical Society
Central Georgia Genealogical Society Facebook

Georgia State Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 678-364-3700
Georgia State Archives
Georgia State Archives Facebook

Georgia Historical Society
Street address: 501 Whitaker Street
Mailing address: 104 W. Gaston Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-651-2125
Toll Free: 877-424-4789
Georgia Historical Society

Georgia Genealogical Society
PO Box 550247
Atlanta, Georgia 30355-2747
Georgia Genealogical Society

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, "Montgomery County, Georgia" in,_Georgia accessed 2 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), Mpntgomery 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), 45. 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, "MontgomeryCounty, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Georgia, accessed 11 September 2019.