Hart County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Hart County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Hart County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 7, 1853
County Seat Hartwell
Hart County Courthouse Hartwell, Georgia.jpg
Address Hart County Courthouse
PO Box 279
Hartwell, GA 30643-0279
Phone: 706.376.2024
Hart County Website

County Information

Hart County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Hart County Courthouse
PO Box 279
Hartwell, GA 30643-0279
Phone: 706.376.2024

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records, from 1856.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
185 W. Franklin St.
Rm 1 Courthouse Annex
P.O. Box 386
Hartwell, GA 30643
Telephone: (706) 376-7189
Fax: (706) 376-1277

Probate Court of Hart County
P.O. Box 1159
Hartwell, GA 30643
Telephone: 706-376-2565
Fax: 706-376-9032


Parent County

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

1893 A tornado tore off the roof of the courthouse on 25 June.[3]

1900 The courthouse at Hartwell burned 25 December, but the county records survived.[3]
1967 The courthouse was destroyed by fire 6 January.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Anderson County  • Elbert County  • Franklin County  • Madison County  • Oconee County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


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.


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 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.




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 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
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • 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



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

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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

Hart County Historical Society
31 East Howell Street
Hartwell, GA 30643
(706) 376-6330

Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society

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), Hart 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 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.