Berrien County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Berrien County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Berrien County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded February 25, 1856
County Seat Nashville
Berrien County Courthouse.jpg
Address Berrien County Courthouse
201 N Davis St
Nasvhille, GA 31639
Phone: 229.686.5213
Berrien County Website

County Information

Berrien County, Georgia Record Dates

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

County Courthouse

Berrien County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Berrien County Georgia
201 N Davis St
Nashville, Georgia 31639
Phone: 229.686.5213

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1856 and land records. Probate Court has birth and death records from 1919, marriage and probate records from 1856.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
201 N. Davis Street Room 230
Nashville, GA 31639
Phone: (229) 686-5506
Fax: (229) 543-1032

Probate Court of Berrien County
201 North Davis Street
Room 175
Nashville, GA 31639
Phone: 229-686-5213


Parent County

1856--Berrien County was created 25 February 1856 from Lowndes, Coffee, and Irwin Counties.
County seat:  Nashville [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Atkinson  • Coffee  • Cook  • Irwin  • Lanier  • Lowndes  • Tift

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Berrien, 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 Berrien 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

Land and Property

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

Local histories are available for Berrien 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 Berrien 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 Berrien County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 29th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies C, D and G
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- Military - Civil War - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Confederate soldiers of Berrien County, Georgia. 1900. Homerville, Georgia: Huxford Genealogical Society. (Entire Book give Muster Roll of abount company + Confederate Soldiers and Widows of, Census of) FHL Collection
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Berrien County). 1967. Confederate pension roll, 1891-1922. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. FHL Collection
World War I



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Berrien 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
  • 1862-1896 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Estates, Inventories, Appraisements at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1862-1912 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Widows and Divisions of Estates at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1863-1896 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Bills of Sale at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1882-1901 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Annual Returns and Vouchers at Georgia Pioneers ($).


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

Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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), Berrien 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), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at