Marion County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Marion County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 14, 1837
County Seat Buena Vista
Marion County Court House Buena Vista, Georgia.jpg
Address Marion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Buena Vista, GA 31803-0000
Phone: 912.649.2603
Marion County Website

County Information

Marion County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Marion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Buena Vista, GA 31803-0000
Phone: 912.649.2603

Courthouse fire in 1845; all records lost; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
100 Broad St.
P.O. Box 41
Buena Vista, GA 31803
Phone: (229) 649-7321
Fax: (229) 649-7931

Probate Court of Marion County
PO Box 196
Buena Vista, GA 31803
Phone: (229) 649-5542


Francis Marion

The county is named after "The Swamp Fox," Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c 1732-1795).[2]

Parent County

1827--Marion County was created 14 December 1837 from Lee and Muscogee Counties.
County seat:  Buena Vista [3]

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


1845. The courthouse at Tazewell burned 4 November 1845, and almost all county records were destroyed.[4]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Chattahoochee County  • Schley County  • Stewart County  • Sumter County  • Talbot County  • Taylor County  • Webster County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Marion, 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 Marion 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 Marion 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.

  • Powell, Nettie. History of Marion County, Georgia. Columbus, Ga.: Historical Pub. Co., 1931. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 28th Battalion, Georgia Siege Artillery (Confederate), Company A
- 46th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G and H
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) , Company C
- 63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty. 1995. Muster roll, Co. K, 12th Georgia Regiment, Infantry: "Marion Guards". [Anniston, Alabama]: M.B. Hageness. 975.8482 M2; film 6038690
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Marion County). 1966. Relief Committee book, money and goods provided for wives and children of soldiers of the war, 1861-1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422256
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Marion County). 1966. Confederate pension records, 1890-1948. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422233
World War I



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion 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), Marion County, Georgia. Page 158 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Francis Marion" Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 41. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at