Monroe County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Monroe County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded May 15, 1827
County Seat Forsyth
Monroe County Court House Forsyth, Georgia.jpg
Address Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029-0189
Phone: 912.994.7000
Monroe County Website

County Information

Monroe County, Georgia Record Dates

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

County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029-0189
Phone: 912.994.7000

Probate Court has marriage, probate records from 1824, birth records from 1927 and death records from 1940; Clerk Superior Court has court and land records from 1821 and divorce records[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
One Courthouse Sq.
P.O. Box 450
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: (478) 994-7022
Fax: (478) 994-7053

Probate Court of Monroe County
P.O. Box 187
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: (478) 994-7036


Parent County

1821--Monroe County was created 15 May 1827 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: Forsyth [2]

Boundary Changes

The original Monroe County included all of what would become Pike County and Upson County and parts of Bibb, Butts, and Spalding Counties. 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

  • Culloden - incorporated1887
  • Berner - unincorporated
  • Blount - unincorporated
  • Bolingbroke - unincorporated
  • Brent - unincorporated
  • Dames Ferry - unincorporated
  • Dyas - unincorporated
  • Forsyth- incorporated 1823
  • High Falls - unincorporated
  • Juliette - unincorporated
  • Moran - unincorporated
  • Russellville - unincorporated
  • Smarr - unincorporated
  • Strouds - unincorporated

Listing of Monroe County Place Namesand maps.

Neighboring Counties

Bibb County  • Butts County  • Crawford County  • Jasper County  • Jones County  • Lamar County  • Upson County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Monroe, 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 Monroe 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, view 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate), Company K
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 32nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 35th Battalion, Georgia (Confederate), Company D
- 45th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and D
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Monroe County Historical Society (Ga.). 1979. Monroe County, Georgia: a history. Forsyth, Ga: Monroe County Historical Society. (page 150-169) 975.8563 H2m
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Monroe County). 1958. Roster of soldiers who entered the Confederate Army from Monroe County. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 164288
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Monroe County). 1958. Applications of Confederate veterans & widows for pensions. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 164286
World War I



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

  • 1881-1886 - Monroe County Birth Book E Index 1881-1886. Batch C713383 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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), Monroe 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 45. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at