Clinch County, Georgia Genealogy
Guide to Clinch County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Clinch County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
|Founded||February 14, 1850|
|Address|| Clinch County Courthouse|
100 Court Square
Homerville, GA 31634
Clinch 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
Clinch County, Georgia Record Dates
100 Court Square
Homerville, GA 31634
Probate Court has birth and death records from 1919, marriage and probate records from 1867; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1867, land records from 1868, voters list from 1890 and old county newspapers from 1895.
Clerk of Superior Court
P.O. Box 433
25 Court Sq., Suite C
Homerville, GA 31634
Phone: (912) 487-5854
Probate Court of Clinch County
P.O. Box 364
Homerville, GA 31634
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.
1856 and 1867 The courthouse was destroyed by fire in June 1856, and in September of 1867 its replacement also burned. None of the courthouse records remain from before those fires.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
- Arlene Eakle, When the Records are Gone in the Tennessee Genealogy Blog.
- Michael John Neill, Burned Counties in Family History Circle.
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The following web site may have additional information on Clinch 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.
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 Clinch 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. History of Clinch County, Georgia: Revised to Date: Giving the Early History of the County Down to the Present Time (1916), Also Complete Lists of County Officers, Together with Minor Officers and Also Sketches of County Officers' Lives, with Chapters on the Histories of Old Families of Clinch County, Also Other Information as is Historical in Its Nature. Macon, Ga.: J.W. Burke Co., 1916. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
- 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 Clinch 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 Clinch County, Georgia Genealogy:
- - 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company H
- - 29th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Companies C, D, and E
- - 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company G
- - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (also War of 1812 - 1883 Pensions)
- History of Clinch County, Georgia: revised to date, giving the early history of the county down to the present time (1916). 1916. Macon, Georgia: J.W. Burke (page 56-70) 975.8812 H2h
- Georgia. Superior Court (Clinch County). 1966. Confederate roster of Clinch Co., 1862. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 456005 item 1
- Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Clinch County). 1966. Confederate pension roll, 1896 - 1920. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 470002 item 1
Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts
Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinch County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch Catalog. Do a Place search for Clinch County, Georgia Genealogy to find these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
Online Probate Records
- 1742–1992 - Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1742–1990 - Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990 at FamilySearch.org images
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).
- 1888-1904 - Wills 1888-1904 (digital images). See Names of Testators. 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 $
- 1867 - 1874 - Index to Clinch County Marriages 1867-1874 Georgia Pioneers ($)
- 1867 - 1889 - Clinch County Marriage Index 1867-1889. Batch M712531 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1874 - 1889 - Index to Clinch County Marriage Licenses 1874-1889 Georgia Pioneers ($)
- 1875 - 1895 - Clinch County Marriage Index 1875-1895. Batch M712532 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1869-70, 1879-80 - Clinch 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
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.
- Clinch County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb Clinch County, Georgia project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Clinch County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Georgia Pioneers ($)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinch County, Georgia. Page 153 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), 20-21. 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.