Pierce County, Georgia Genealogy

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Pierce County

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

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Pierce County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Pierce County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 18, 1857
County Seat Blackshear
Courthouse
Address Pierce County Courthouse]
PO Box 679;
Blackshear, GA 31516-0679
Phone: 912.449.2022
Pierce County Website


County Information

Pierce County, Georgia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Pierce County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1926
1875
1924
1860
1875
1875

County Courthouse

Pierce County Courthouse
PO Box 679;
Blackshear, GA 31516-0679
Phone: 912.449.2022

Probate Court has birth records from 1926, marriage records from 1875, death records from 1924 and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1875 and land records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
3550 Hwy 84
P.O. Box 588
Blackshear, GA 31516
Phone: (912) 449-2020
Fax: (912) 449-2106

Probate Court of Pierce County
3550 Hwy 84
Suite 1
Blackshear, GA 31516
Phone: 912-449-2029

History

Parent County

1857--Pierce County was created 18 December 1857 from Appling and Ware Counties. County seat: Blackshear [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 MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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1875 The courthouse at Blackshear burned 11 March 1875, destroying almost all county records.[3]

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Appling  • Bacon  • Brantley  • Ware County  • Wayne

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Pierce, 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 Pierce County cemeteries.

Census

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

Genealogy

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 Pierce 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.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Online Records

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

- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company N
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pierce County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Probate Records

Online 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).

  • 1872-1941 Pierce County Index to Wills 1872-1941 Georgia Pioneers $
  • 1875-1911 Pierce County Index to Inventories and Appraisements, Book A, 1875-1911 Georgia Pioneers $

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 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

Birth
Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Pierce County Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 443
Blackshear 31516
Website



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.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pierce 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), 49. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.