Appling County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Appling County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Appling County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 15, 1818
County Seat Baxley
Appling County Courthouse Georgia.jpg
Address Appling County Courthouse
83 South Oak Street
Baxley, Georgia 31513-2097
Phone: 912.367.8100
Appling County Website

County Information

Appling County, Georgia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Appling County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate





County Courthouse

Appling County Courthouse
83 South Oak Street
Baxley, Georgia 31513-2097
Phone: 912.367.8100

Records begin 1879, some 1859; Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and burial records. Clerk of Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records[1]

Superior Court Clerk
P.O. Box 269 (31515)
Baxley, GA 31513
Telephone: (912) 367-8126

Probate Court of Appling County
36 S. Main Street
Baxley, GA 31513
Telephone: (912)367-8114


Parent County

1818--Appling County was created 15 December 1818 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: Baxley [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss


1876 The courthouse at Baxter burned 7 September 1876. Most county records were lost. Some deed books survived.[3]

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


Populated Places

Cities: Baxley | Graham
Town: Surrency

Neighboring Counties

Bacon  • Jeff Davis  • Pierce  • Tattnall  • Toombs  • Wayne

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

African American research page on the Coastal Georgia History & Genealogy site. Biographies, burial index, cemeteries, census, court, death records, enslavement records, family files, history, links & websites, marriages, name changes, newspapers, plantations and schools.

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Appling, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Appling County cemeteries.


Church Records

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.



Mailing Lists
  • GA-Roots A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Georgia. (Rootsweb)

Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Appling 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.



  • Military - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Appling County, Georgia Genealogy 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 Appling County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 11th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company F
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 47th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and K



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Appling County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

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).

Additional Probate Records
  • 1856-1879 - Appling County, Georgia Estates, Guardianships, Vouchers, etc. at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1866-1879 - Index of Appling County, Georgia Miscellaneous Estates at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1873-1878 - Index of Appling County, Georgia Annual Returns at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1877-1888 - Index of Appling County, Georgia Annual Returns at Georgia Pioneers ($).


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

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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

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

Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Appling County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1063
Baxley, Georgia, 31513-7063

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Appling County, Georgia. Page 151 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 11. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at