Wilcox County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Wilcox County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Wilcox County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 22, 1857
County Seat Abbeville
Wilcox County Courthouse Abbeville, Georgia.jpg
Address Wilcox County Courthouse]
103 N Broad Street
Abbeville, GA 31001
Phone: 912.467.2737
Wilcox County Website

County Information

Wilcox County, Georgia Record Dates

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


County Courthouse

Wilcox County Courthouse
103 N Broad Street
Abbeville, GA 31001
Phone: (912) 467-2737

Probate Courth has birth and death records from 1927, marriage records from 1886 and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has land records from 1870, divorce and court records from 1900 and military records from 1917[1]

Wilcox County Superior Court
103 North Broad Street
Abbeville, Georgia 31001
Telephone: (229) 467-2442
Fax: (229) 467-2886

Wilcox County Probate Court
103 N Broad Street # 104,
Abbeville, GA 31001
Phone: (229) 467-2220


Parent County

1857--Wilcox County was created 22 December 1857 fromDooly, Irwin andPulaski Counties.
 County seat:  Abbeville [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


1878. The courthouse at Abbeville burned the night of 30-31 March 1878. Many of the county records were lost. However, the variety of starting dates for various courthouse records make the 1878 fire an unlikely explanation for all the losses.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Ben Hill  • Crisp  • Dodge  • Dooly  • Pulaski  • Telfair  • Turner

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Wilcox, 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 Wilcox 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 Wilcox 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 Wilcox 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 Wilcox County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
World War I




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

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

Southwest Georgia Genealogical Society
PO Box 4672
Albany, GA 31706

Wiregrass Genealogical Society
45 25th Ave.
Eastman, GA 31023

Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society
c/o Hart County Library
Benson St.
Hartwell, GA 30643

Genealogy Inc 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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wilcox County, Georgia. Page 162 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), 59-60. 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.