Irwin County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Irwin County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Irwin County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 15, 1818
County Seat Hettinger
Irwin County Courthouse Ocila, Georgia.jpg
Address Irwin County Courthouse
207 S Irwin Avenue
PO Box 186
Ocilla, GA 31774-1098
Phone: 229.468.5356
Irwin County Website

County Information

Irwin County, Georgia Record Dates

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

County Courthouse

Irwin County Courthouse
207 S Irwin Avenue
PO Box 186
Ocilla, GA 31774-1098
Phone: 229.468.5356

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, land and court records from 1821 and military records from 1900. Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and burial records from 1920 and probate records from 1850.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
301 S. Irwin Avenue, Suite 103
Ocilla, GA 31774
Telephone: (229) 468-5356
Fax: (229) 468-9753

Probate Court of Irwin County
301 S. Irwin Avenue
Ocilla, GA 31774
Telephone: 229-468-5138
Fax: 229-468-5702


Parent County

1818--Irwin County was created 15 December 1818 from Creek Indian Lands.
County seat: Ocilla[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 website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Ben Hill County  • Berrien County  • Coffee County  • Tift County  • Turner County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Irwin, 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 Irwin County cemeteries.


  • Jefferey, Alice, ed. Irwin County, Georgia Census, 1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. 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 Irwin 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.

  • Clements, J. B. History of Irwin County. Atlanta, Ga.: Foote & Davies Co., c1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Clements, J. B. 1978. History of Irwin County. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co. (page 117-128) 975.8855 H2c
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Irwin County). 1965. Indigent confederate soldiers and widows, (transcribed), 1890-1920; confederate pension rolls, 1895-1924. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 394627
  • Irwin County (Georgia). Court of Ordinary. 1997. Application for soldier pension records, 1815-1915. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 2074693 item 3
World War I



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Irwin 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
  • 1835 - 1874 - Irwin County Marriage Index 1835-1874. Batch M713081 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1873 - 1901 - Irwin County Marriage Index 1873-1901. Batch M713082 at FamilySearch - free.
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), Irwin 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