Hart County, Georgia Genealogy

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Hart County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Hartwell
Organized: December 7, 1853
Parent County(s): Elbert, Franklin[1]
Neighboring Counties
Anderson (SC)  • Elbert  • Franklin  • Madison  • Oconee (SC)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Hart County Courthouse Hartwell, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Hart County Map.png
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Nancy Hart. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Hart County Courthouse
PO Box 279
Hartwell, GA 30643-0279
Phone: 706-376-2024
Hart County Website

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, and probate records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records, from 1856.[3]

Hart County, Georgia Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1854 1856 1854 1860

Record Loss

1893 A tornado tore off the roof of the courthouse on 25 June.[4]
1900 The courthouse at Hartwell burned 25 December, but the county records survived.[4]
1967 The courthouse was destroyed by fire 6 January.[4]

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1853 Hart County was created 7 December 1853 from Elbert and Franklin Counties.
  • County seat: Hartwell[5]

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.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Hart County, Georgia:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Hart, 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 Hart County cemeteries.

Census Records

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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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 Hart 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Hart County 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 Hart County:

- 15th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 16th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 24th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 37th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D; Company A, 9th Battalion
- 38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F


  • Kaufhold, Shirley, and Tony Bryant. 1992. The Hart of Georgia: a history of Hart County. Hartwell, GA: Savannah River Genealogical Society. (page 29-38) 975.8155 H2h
  • Baker, John William. 1933. History of Hart county, 1933. [Atlanta]: [Printed by Foote & Davies Co.]. (page 151-168) 975.8155 H2b
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Hart County). 1964. Confederate roster and pension list, 1861-1865, 1921-1926, 1933. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 381841


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Voting Records

Periodicals

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

School Records

Tax 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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

  • Hart County Public Library
    150 Benson Street
    Hartwell, GA 30643
    Phone: 706-376-4655
    Website

Museums

Societies

  • Hart County Historical Society
    31 East Howell Street
    Hartwell, GA 30643
    Phone: 706-376-6330
  • Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Hart County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hart_County,_Georgia accessed 31 Oct 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 37. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. 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.