Wilkinson County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Wilkinson County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Wilkinson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded May 11, 1803
County Seat Hettinger
Wilkinson County Courthouse Irwinton, Georgia.jpg
Address Wilkinson County Courthouse]
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: 478.946.2221 
Wilkinson County Website

County Information

Wilkinson County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Wilkinson County Courthouse
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: (478) 946-2221 

Clerk Superior Court has some divorce records and land records from 1852[1]

Wilkinson County Superior Court
P.O. Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Telephone: (478) 946-2221
Fax: (478) 946-1497

Wilkinson County Probate Court
P.O. Box 201
Irwinton, GA 31042
Telephone: (478) 946-2222
Fax: (478) 946-3810


Parent County

1803--Wilkinson County was created 11 May 1803 from Creek Indian Lands.  County seat:  Irwinton [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

1828 The courthouse at Irwinton burned on 16 March. All of the county courthouse records were lost.[3]

1854 The courthouse burned down on 7 February and all county records were destroyed.[3]
1864 During the American Civil War sometime between 23 and 26 November 1864 Wilkinson County's courthouse was razed. Very few of the county's probate records dating before the Civil War are available; however, some other types of records survived (for example, deeds starting in 1854). Superior Court minutes begin in 1864.[3]
1924 Fire burned the courthouse on 15 February, destroying some records. There are significant gaps in Wilkinson County's records between 1864 and 1924. [3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baldwin  • Bleckley  • Johnson  • Jones  • Laurens  • Twiggs  • Washington

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Wilkinson, 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 Wilkinson 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 Wilkinson 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.

  • Davidson, Victor. History of Wilkinson County. n.p.: John Ball Chapter, D.A.R., c1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I
- 3rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and I
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies D, I and K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
World War I



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

Wilkinson County Historical Society
PO Box 1076
Gordon , GA 31031-1076
Telephone Number: 478-946-2723

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

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

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), Wilkinson 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 60-62. At various libraries (WorldCat).