Towns County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Towns County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Towns County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded March 6, 1856
County Seat Hiawassee
Address Towns County Courthouse]
48 River Street Ste E;
Hiawassee, GA 30546-0178
Phone: 706.896.2130 
Towns County Website

County Information

Towns County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Towns County Courthouse
48 River Street Ste E;
Hiawassee, GA 30546-0178
Phone: 706.896.2130 

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927, marriage records from 1885 and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, land and military records from 1865[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
48 River Street, Suite E
Hiawassee, GA 30546
Telephone: (706) 896-2130
Fax: (706) 896-1772

Probate Court of Towns County
48 River Street, Suite C
Hiawassee, GA 30546
Telephone: 706-896-3467
Fax: 706-896-1772


Parent County

1856--Towns County was created 6 March 1856 from Rabun andUnion Counties. County seat: Hiawassee [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cherokee County  • Clay County  • Habersham County  • Macon County  • Rabun County  • Union County  • White County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Towns, 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 Towns 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.



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 Towns 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 Towns 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 Towns County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 24th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 52nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 65th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company G
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • 1924-1941 - Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Towns County). 1964. Confederate pension rolls, 1924-1941. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 366307




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).


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

Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Towns County Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 101
Young Harris, GA 30582-0101
Telephone Number: 706-379-3150

Towns County Historical Society
P.O. Box 932
Hiawassee, GA 30546

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), Towns County, Georgia. Page 161 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), 53-54. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at