Charlton County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Charlton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Charlton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded February 18, 1854
County Seat Folkston
Charlton County Court House; Folkston, Georgia.jpg
Address Charlton County Courthouse
100 Third Street
Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: 912.496.2549
Charlton County Website

County Information

Charlton County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Charlton County Courthouse
1520 Third Street
Folkston, GA 31537
Phone: 912.496.2230

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death, burial and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land  records from 1877.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
1520 Third St., Suite A
P.O. Box 760
Folkston, GA 31537
Telephone: (912) 496-2354
Fax: (912) 496-3882

Probate Court of Charlton County
1520 Third Street, Suite B
Folkston, GA 31537
Telephone: 912 -496- 2230
Fax: 912-496-7045


Parent County

1854--Charlton County was created 18 February 1854 fromCamden County.  County seat:  Folkston [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


1878, 1928 The Charlton Courthouse burned before 16 May 1878, destroying most county records. On 19 February 1928 the next courthouse burned. However, this time all records were saved.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baker  • Brantley County  • Camden  • Nassau County  • Ware County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Charlton, 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 Charlton 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.



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 Charlton 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.

  • McQueen, Alex. S. History of Charlton County. Atlanta, Ga.: Stein Print. Co., c1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




  • Military - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- Military - Civil War - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
World War I



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

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


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).

Online Probate Records


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

Charlton County Historical Society
RR 3, Box 142-C
Folkston, Georgia, 31537

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), Charlton County, Georgia. Page 152 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), 19. At various libraries (WorldCat).