Houston County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Houston County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Houston County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded May 15, 1821
County Seat Perry
Houston County Courthouse Perry, Georgia.jpg
Address Houston County Courthouse
20 Carl Vinson Parkway
Perry, GA 31088-5808
Phone: 478.542.2105
Houston County Website

County Information

Houston County, Georgia Record Dates

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

County Courthouse

Houston County Courthouse
20 Carl Vinson Parkway
Perry, GA 31088-5808
Phone: 478.542.2105

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927, marriage records from 1833 and probate records from 1827; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from from 1822[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
201 Perry Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
Telephone: (478) 218-4720
Fax: (478) 218-4735

Probate Court of Houston County
P. O. Box 1801
Perry, GA 31069
Telephone: 478-218-4710
Fax: 478-218-4715


Parent County

1821--Houston County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat:  Perry [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Peach County  • Bibb County  • Twiggs County  • Bleckley County  • Pulaski County  • Dooly County  • Macon County  •

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Houston, 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 Houston County cemeteries.


  • Jeffery, Alice, ed. Houston County, Georgia Census, 1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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 Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate), Company C
- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 6th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 11th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 45th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society (Warner Robins, Georgia). 1983. First hundred and ten years of Houston County, Georgia, 1822-1932. Chelsea, Michigan: BookCrafters. (page156-159) 975.8515 H2f
  • Dobbins, H. P., and C. B. Andrew. 1959. A history of Houston County, Georgia. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 204691
  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty. 1998. Confederate soldiers and their units, Houston county, Georgia. Anniston, AL: MLH Research. (page 1-20) 975.8515 M2h
World War I



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

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), Houston 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), 37-38. 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.