Meriwether County, Georgia Genealogy

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Meriwether County

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

County Facts
County seat: Greenville
Organized: December 14, 1927
Parent County(s): Troup[1]
Neighboring Counties
Coweta  • Harris  • Pike  • Spalding  • Talbot  • Troup  • Upson
See County Maps
Meriwhether County Court House Greenville, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Meriwether County Map.png

County Information


The County was named for David Meriwether, a general in the American Revolutionary War and member of Congress from Georgia. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Meriwether County Courthouse
PO Box 428
Greenville, GA 30222-0428
Phone: 706-672-1314
Meriwether County Website

Probate Court has birth records from 1927, marriage records from 1828, death records from 1929 and probate records from 1838.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1827 and military discharge records.[3]

Meriwether County, Georgia Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1927 1828 1929 1827 18/2 1830

Record Loss

1893 A tornado badly damaged the town and courthouse of Greenville 3 March, but few records were damaged.[4]
1976 A courthouse fire on 27 January resulted in no county record losses or damage.[4]

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1827 Meriwether County was created 14 December 1827 from Troup County.
  • County seat: Greenville[5]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Meriwether County, Georgia:

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Meriwether, 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 Meriwether County cemeteries.

Census Records

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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 Meriwether 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.

  • Hill, Ella Godwin. The History of Warm Springs, Georgia. Chastain, Ark.: Hillcroft Press, c1934. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Maps and Gazetteers



Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Meriwether County 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 Meriwether County:

-2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry
- 1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 8th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 13th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company B
- 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Companies F and K
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 64th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company E

  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Meriwether County). 1963. Roster of Confederate soldiers, no. 1, 1861-1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 327688
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Meriwether County). 1963. Confederate soldiers and widows; Confederate pension rolls, 1896-1956. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 327687

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records

Voting Records


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

School Records

Tax 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.





Research Facilities


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.




  • Meriwether Historical Society
    PO Box 741
    Greenville, GA 30222-0741


Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Meriwether County, Georgia" in,_Georgia accessed 2 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 43-44. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at