Harris County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Harris County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Harris County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 14, 1827
County Seat Hamilton
Harris County Courthouse Hamilton, Georgia.jpg
Address Harris County Courthouse
PO Box 528
Hamilton, GA 31811-0528
Phone: 706.628.4944
Harris County Website

County Information

Harris County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Harris County Courthouse
PO Box 528
Hamilton, GA 31811-0528
Phone: 706.628.4944

Probate Court has marriage and probate records. Clerk Superior Court has land records from 1827, divorce and court records from 1927; County Health Department has birth and death records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
102 N. College St.
P.O. Box 528
Hamilton, GA 31811
Telephone: (706) 628-4944
Fax: (706) 628-7039

Probate Court of Harris County
P.O. Box 569
Hamilton, GA 31811
Work Phone: 706-628-5038
Fax: 706-628-7322


Parent County

1827--Harris County was created 14 December 1827 from Muscogee and Troup Counties.
County seat: Hamilton[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 MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1865 A fire at the courthouse was quickly extinguished.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Chambers County  • Lee County  • Meriwether County  • Muscogee County  • Talbot County  • Troup County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Harris, 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 Harris 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 Harris 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.




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 17th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 35th Battalion, Georgia (Confederate), Company H
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 46th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Barfield, Louise Calhoun. 1961. History of Harris County, Georgia, 1827-1961. Columbus? Georgia: s.n. (67th Regiment page 278, 288; 3rd Cavalry page 296; 2nd Brigade Company E; Chapter XIII list Regiment and Brigade) 975.8466 H2b digital version
  • Georgia. Superior Court (Harris County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1861-1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. 327558 item 4
World War I



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Harris 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

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), Harris County, Georgia. Page 156 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), 36-37. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.