Brooks County, Georgia Genealogy
Guide to Brooks County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Brooks County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
|Founded||December 11, 1858|
|Address|| Brooks County Courthouse|
P.O. Box 272
Quitman, GA 31643
Brooks County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Genealogy Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Bible Records
- 5.4 Cemeteries
- 5.5 Census
- 5.6 Church Records
- 5.7 Court
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land and Property
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Naturalization
- 5.14 Newspapers
- 5.15 Occupations
- 5.16 Probate Records
- 5.17 Taxation
- 5.18 Vital Records
- 5.19 Voter Records
- 6 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
Brooks County, Georgia Record Dates
County CourthouseBrooks County Courthouse
P.O. Box 272
Quitman, GA 31643
Clerk Superior Court has birth, divorce, probate and court records from 1921.
Clerk of Superior Court
P.O. Box 630
Quitman, GA 31643
Phone: (229) 263-4747
Probate Court of Brooks County
1 Screven Street, Suite 4
Quitman, GA 31643
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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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The following web site may have additional information on Brooks County cemeteries.
- Interment.net Georgia cemetery 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.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- GA-Roots A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Brooks County, Georgia. (Rootsweb)
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 are available for Brooks 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.
- Huxford, Folks. The History of Brooks County, Georgia. Quitman, Ga.: Hannah Clarke Chapter, D.A.R., 1948, c1949. Digital version at Ancestry.
- Military - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
Regiments. Service men in Brooks 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 Brooks County, Georgia Genealogy:
- - 9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- - 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- - 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- - 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- - Military - Civil War - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
- Brooks County Genealogical Society (Quitman, Georgia). 2000. Brooks County, echoes of its people. Quitman, Georgia: Brooks County Genealogical Society. ( Vol.2 page 77-113)975.8874 H29b
- Huxford, Folks. 1978. The history of Brooks County, Georgia, 1858-1948. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co. (Civil War see page 87 - 141) 975.8874 H2 digital version
Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts
Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Brooks County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch Catalog. Do a Place search for Brooks County, Georgia Genealogy to find these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
- Dasher, Wayne and Judy Dasher. Brooks County Newspaper Transcripts, Jun 1866 - Feb 1874. 3 vols. Free Lookups Available!
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.
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 Records
- 1742 – 1990 Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990 at FamilySearch.org images
- 1866 - 1964 Brooks County Georgia list of will book testators SAMPUBCO - Browsable index of testators of wills. - free
- 1742 – 1992 Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1860 - 1871 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers $
Additional Probate Records
- 1860 - 1899 Index to Will Book I, Georgia Pioneers $
- 1859 - 1872 Index to Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, 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 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.
- 1560-1993 - Georgia, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1699 - 1944 - Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at Ancestry.com— index $
- 1754 - 1960 - Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1785 - 1950 - Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1787 - 1962 - Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962 at FamilySearch — index
- 1808 - 1967 - Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1828 - 1978 - Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1859 - 1882 - Brooks County Marriage Index 1859-1882. Batch M712201 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1881 - 1895 - Brooks County Marriage Index 1881-1895. Batch M712202 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1894 - 1895 - Brooks County Marriage Index 1894-1895. Batch M712203 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Brooks County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry.
- 1914 - 1927 - Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1919 - 1998 - Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1928 - 1939 - Georgia Deaths 1928-1939 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1933 - 1998 - Georgia Death Index 1933-1998 at FamilySearch.org — index
Vital Record Substitutes
- 1867-1868 - Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868 at FamilySearch — index
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
Brooks County Genealogical Society
Quitman, Georgia, 31643
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.
- Brooks County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb Brooks County, Georgia project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Brooks County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Georgia Pioneers
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brooks County, Georgia. Page 152 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.