Putnam County, Georgia Genealogy

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Putnam County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Eatonton
Organized: December 10, 1807
Parent County(s): Baldwin[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baldwin  • Greene  • Hancock  • Jasper  • Jones  • Morgan
See County Maps
Courthouse
Putnam County Court House Eatonton, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Putnam County Map.png
Adoption
Major General Israel Putnam

County Information

Description

Putnam County is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[2]

County Courthouse

Putnam County Courthouse
100 S. Jefferson Avenue
Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: 706-485-4501
Putnam County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1807.
Probate Court has birth records from 1866, marriage and probate records from 1808, death records from 1919 and tax digest 1812-1848.[3]

Putnam 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 1919 1919 1806 1808 1810

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[4]

Boundary Changes

  • 1807 Putnam County was created 10 December 1807 from Baldwin County.
  • County seat: Eatonton[5]

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.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Putnam County, Georgia:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Putnam, 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 Putnam 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.

  • Crooked Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Members 1807, 1820, 1824-1826 Georgia Pioneers ($)

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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 Putnam 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 and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Putnam 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 Putnam County:

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 5th Regiment, Company H. Georgia Militia - USGenWeb
- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F


  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Putnam County). 1965. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1929; list of Confederate pensioners, 1879-1937; and Confederate roster. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422018


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Voting Records

Periodicals

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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

  • East Georgia Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 117
    Winder, GA 30680
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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. "Putnam County, Georgia," Wikipedia.
  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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 50. 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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.