Newton County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Newton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Newton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 24, 1821
County Seat Covington
Newton County Courthouse Covington, Georgia.jpg
Address Newton County Courthouse
113 Usher Street
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 770.784.2000
Newton County Website

County Information

Newton County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Newton County Courthouse
113 Usher Street
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 770.784.2000

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1822 and miltiary records from 1917[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
1132 Usher St., Rm 338
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: (770) 784-2035
Fax: (770) 385-8930

Probate Court of Newton County
1132 Usher Street, Room 148
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: (770) 784-2045


Parent County

1821--Newton County was created 24 December 1821 from Henry, Jasper and Walton Counties.
County seat: Covington [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


1883. The courthouse at Covington burned 31 December 1883. A few old tax books and court records burned, but citizens carried most county records to safety.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Butts County  • Henry County  • Jasper County  • Morgan County  • Rockdale County  • Walton County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Newton, 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 Newton 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.



  • G. H. P. Noah Phillips of Newton County, GA. and Litchfield, Conn. His Ancestors and Descendants. Covington, Georgia. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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 Newton 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 Newton 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 Newton County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 18th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and F
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and E
- 66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- The USGenWeb Archives Project - Georgia
  • Bowen, Rhoda Anne, and Freda R. Turner. 1992. Georgia confederate soldier obituaries: Henry, Newton, and Rockdale counties, 1879-1943. Alpharetta, GA: WH Wolfe Associates. 975.8 V4b digital version
  • Newton County Historical Society (Georgia). 1988. A History of Newton County, Georgia. Covington, Georgia: Newton County Historical Society (GA). (page 235-281) 975.8593 H2h
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Newton County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1861-1865; Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 325767
  • Georgia. 1963. Inferior Court minutes, sitting for County purposes, 1841-1874. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. (United States, Georgia, Newton -- Military records -- Civil War, 1861-1865.)325799
World War I



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

Newton County Historical Society
2100 Washington Street
PO Box 2415
Covington, GA 30210

East Georgia Genealogical Society
PO Box 117
Winder, GA 30680

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), Newton County, Georgia. Page 159 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), 46. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at