Clarke County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Clarke County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Clarke County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 5, 1801
County Seat Athens
Clarke County, Georgia Court House.jpg
Address Clarke County Courthouse
325 E Washington Street Rm 200
PO Box 1868
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.613.3031
Clarke County Website

County Information

Clarke County, Georgia Record Dates

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

County Courthouse

Clarke County Courthouse
325 E Washington Street Rm 200
PO Box 1868
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.613.3031

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, land and court records from 1801 and military records from 1922; County Health Department has birth and death records from 1919; Probate Court had marriage and probate records from 1801.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
325 E. Washington St., Rm. 450
P.O. BOX 1805 (30603)
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: (706) 613-3190
Athens and Clark Counties Clerk's Website

Probate Court of Clarke County
Clarke County Courthouse
325 East Washington Street
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: (706) 613-3320


Parent County

1801--Clarke County was created 5 December 1801 from Jackson County.County seat: Athens [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

Barrow  • Jackson  • Madison  • Oconee  • Oglethorpe

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Clarke, 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 Clarke 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.

Methodist Episcopal

First Methodist Episcopal Church, Athens

  • 1825-1884 - First Methodist Episcopal Church, Athens, Baptism Index 1825-1884. Batch C712491 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1825-1884 - First Methodist Episcopal Church, Athens, Marriage Index 1825-1884. Batch M712491 at FamilySearch - free.

Methodist Episcopal Church South, Winterville

  • 1890-1895 - Methodist Episcopal Church South, Winterville, Baptism Index 1890-1895. Batch C712501 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1890-1895 - Methodist Episcopal Church South, Winterville, Marriage Index 1890-1895. Batch M712501 at FamilySearch - free.



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.

  Index to Deed Boo A 1802-1804 Georgia Pioneers ($)

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clarke 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.

  • History of Athens and Clarke County. Athens, Ga.?: H.J. Rowe, 1923. Digital version at Ancestry.
  • Hull, Augustus Longstreet. Annals of Athens, Georgia, 1801-1901. Athens, Ga.?: Banner Job Office, 1906, c1907. Digital version at Ancestry ($) or for free at Google Books.




  • Military - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
Civil War

Online Records

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

- Carlton's Company, Georgia Artillery (Troup Artillery) (Confederate)
- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) Companies K and L
- 5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company N
-37th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) Company C
- 66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Jones, Charles C., and Joseph B. Cuimming. 1993. Military operations in Georgia during the War between the States: address delivered before the Confederate Survivors Association in Augusta, Georgia upon the occasion of its fifteenth annual reunion on Memorial Day, April 26th, 1893. Conway, Arkansas: Olbuck Press. 975.8 M29j
  • Stegeman, John F. 1964. These Men She Gave: Civil War Diary of Athens, Georgia. Athens, Ga: University of Georgia Press. (page 146-158) 975.818 M25st
  • Georgia. Inferior Court (Clarke County). 1960. Bonds to support families of Confederate soldiers 1861-1869, and discharge certificates of Confederate soldiers 1864 [Clarke County, Georgia]. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 214554 item 1,2,3
  • Mitchell, Albert L. 1960. Roster of companies furnished by Clarke County, Georgia, to the Confederate Army in the War between the States, 1861-1865. [S.l.]: Mann Film Laboratories. Film 219472 item 3
World War I



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

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

  • Athens Historic Newspaper Archives - Digital Library of Georgia contains full-text issues of 5 historic Athens newspapers. Titles include Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882),Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922). Search or Browse available. Viewing papers requires download of free DjVu Browser Plug-in.


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).


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

  • 1808 - 1851 - Clarke County Birth Index 1808-1851. Batch C531927 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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), Clarke County, Georgia. Page 153 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), 20. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at