McIntosh County, Georgia Genealogy

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


McIntosh County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting McIntosh County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 19, 1793
County Seat Darien
McIntosh County Court House Darien, Georgia.jpg
Address McIntosh County Courthouse
PO Box 584
Darien, GA 31305-0584
Phone: 912.437.6671
McIntosh County Website

County Information

McIntosh County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

McIntosh County Courthouse
PO Box 584
Darien, GA 31305-0584
Phone: 912.437.6671

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court, probate and land records[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
310 Northway St.
P.O. Box 1661
Darien, GA 31305
Phone: (912) 437-6641
Fax: (912) 437-6673

Probate Court of McIntosh County
PO Box Drawer 459
Darien, GA 31305
Phone: (912) 437-4888


Parent County

1793--McIntosh County was created 19 December 1793 from Liberty County. County seat:  Darien [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


1863 During the American Civil War the town of Darien and its courthouse were destroyed on 11 June, along with the county's records.[3]
1873 Fire the night of 25-26 January destroyed the courthouse and all of its contents.[3]
1881, 1931 Courthouse fires on 23 March 1931 and 7 December 1981 did not result in any further loss of county records.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Glynn County  • Liberty County  • Long County  • Wayne County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

African American research page on the Coastal Georgia History & Genealogy site. Biographies, burial index, cemeteries, census, court, death records, enslavement records, family files, history, links & websites, marriages, name changes, newspapers, plantations and schools.

Bible Records


Cemeteries of McIntosh, 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 McIntosh 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.


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Darien

  • 1895 - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Darien, Marriage Index 1895. Batch M713331 at FamilySearch - free.

St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien

  • 1871-1885 - St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien, Baptism Index 1871-1885. Batch C713341 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1871-1895 - St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien, Marriage Index 1871-1895. Batch M713341 at FamilySearch - free.

First Presbyterian Church, Darien

  • 1864-1958 - First Presbyterian Church, Darien, Baptism Index 1864-1958. Batch C713321 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1874-1947 - First Presbyterian Church, Darien, Marriage Index 1874-1947. Batch M713321 at FamilySearch - free.



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 McIntosh 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 McIntosh 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 McIntosh County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) , Company M
- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company M
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (McIntosh County). 1958. Confederate veteran's pension roll, 1896-1923. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 184566
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy. McIntosh County Chapter, no. 438 (Darien, Georgia). 1958. Records of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, McIntosh County Chapter 438, Darien, Georgia. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 184505
  • McFeely, William S. 1994. Sapelo's people: a long walk into freedom. New York: W.W. Norton. (This book recreates the history of the descendants of slaves who live on a barrier island in Georgia by recounting the memories of the island's sixty-seven inhabitants.) 975.8737/S1 H2m
  • Description of historical markers in McIntosh County, Georgia. 1958. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 184586 item 2
  • History of McIntosh County, Georgia. 1958. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 184501 item 7
World War I



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

Lower Altamaha Historical Society,
Inc. PO Box 1405,
Darien, GA 31305-1405

Eufaula Memorial Library Genealogical Society The Eufaula Memorial Library Genealogical Society meets the 2nd Thursday of each month @ Eufaula Memorial Library.

Coastal Georgia Genealogical Society Meets at St. Simons Island.

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), McIntosh County, Georgia. Page 158 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), 42-43. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at