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History[edit | edit source]

The first European settlements in Florida were in 1566 on Santa Catalina by the Spanish. A British settlement was founded at Fort King George (Darien) in 1721. In 1732, a charter was granted by the British Crown to create the colony of Georgia.[1]

Earliest Church Records Earliest Land Records Earliest Court Records Earliest Newspapers
1733 1732 1751 1763

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Statewide Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Early Colonial Records available at the Georgia State Archives in Atlanta (1754-1778), film 0158964 ff.

  • Wills, 1754-1777
  • Letters of administration, 1755-1771
  • Inventories of estates, 1754-1770
  • Letters of guardianship, 1757-1777
  • Probate, administration, letters, minutes, appraisements, 1771-1775
  • Inventories, probate, 1776-1778

Original colonial wills, 1751-1788 (film 0840408). Published records of wills and estates:

The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia (Atlanta: Franklin Printing, 1904-1916, except where indicated) is a 32 Vol. series with published records for Georgia

Land Records[edit | edit source]

From 1732-1755, Georgia land records were part of a trusteeship where lands were given to males and their heirs. Land was distributed by headright and bounty grants after 1756.[3] Land records available at the Georgia State Archives in Atlanta are listed below (with links to FamilySearch digital images):

- Commission books, 1754-1827
- Conveyances, 1750-1798
- Mortgages, 1755-1785
- Proclamations, 1754-1794
- Bonds, bills of sale, deeds of gift, powers of attorney, 1755-1762
- Fiats for grants, 1755-1776
- Entry of claims, 1755, 1762-1765
- Miscellaneous records, 1765-1777
- Entry of land claims, 1755-1758 (film 0488183).
- Headright surveys, 1748-1773 (film 0465059). Copied and recorded in 1798.
- Headrights and registers of land grants, 1756-1939 (film 0465071 ff.). This collection includes lists of the wharf and town lots in the town of Brunswick.
- Headright surveys, 1753-1767, and undated (film 0464998 ff.).
- Land Office records index, 1767-1908 (film 0465173 ff.).

Published Land Records[edit | edit source]

Colonial Georgia Law[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Early churches in Georgia included Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Quaker, Anglican, Reformed, and Congregational congregations.[4] Church records can be helpful in finding christening, marriage, and burial records. For more information about what colonial church records are available, search in the specific county of research. Below are listed published works or collections that are relevant to the state of Georgia.

Manuscript Collections[edit | edit source]

Additional Readings[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the counties of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 549-56. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the counties of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 183, 192. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  3. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the counties of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 183, 192. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  4. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the counties of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 549-56. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  5. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the counties of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 183, 192. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998