Upson County, Georgia Genealogy

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Upson County

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


Upson County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Upson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 15, 1824
County Seat Thomaston
Upson County Courthouse Thomaston, Georgia.jpg
Address Upson County Courthouse
PO Box 889
Thomaston, GA 30286-0889
Phone: 706.647.7012 Upson County Website

County Information

Upson County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Upson County Courthouse
PO Box 889
Thomaston, GA 30286-0889
Phone: (706) 647-7012

Probate Court has marriage records from 1825 and probate records from 1920; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1825 and newspaper files from 1870[1]

Upson County Clerk of Superior Court
116 W. Main St.
PO Box 469
Thomaston, GA 30286
Phone (706) 647-5847

Upson County Probate Court
106 E. Lee Street, Suite 210
Thomaston, GA 30286
Phone (706) 647-7015


Parent County

1824--Upson County was created 15 December 1824 from Crawford and Pike Counties.
County seat: Thomaston [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

Crawford County  • Lamar County  • Meriwether County  • Monroe County  • Pike County  • Talbot County  • Taylor County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Upson, 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 Upson 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.

  • 1824 - New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Yatesville, 1824 Members at Georgia Pioneers ($).



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 Upson 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.

  • Nottingham, Carolyn Walker. History of Upson County, Georgia. Macon, Ga.: Press of J.W. Burke Co., 1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 13th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company D
- 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 32nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 37th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C; Company E, 3d Battalion
- 46th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Upson County). 1962. Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1936. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 282916
World War I



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

Upson Historical Society
PO Box 363
Thomaston 30286
Telephone Number:706-646-2437

Thomaston Upson Archives
PO Box 1137
Thomaston, GA 30286-0015
Telephone Number:706-646-2437

Central Georgia Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 2024
Warner Robins, GA 31099

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), Upson 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), 55. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at