Baker County, Georgia Genealogy

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Guide to Baker County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Baker County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 12, 1825
County Seat Newton
Address Adams County Courthouse
Baker Pl; PO Box 607
Newton, GA 31770-0000
Phone: 912.734.3007
baker County Website

Baker County Georgia Courthouse

Baker County Courthouse

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial,
and probate court records; County Clerk has divorce,
court and land records from 1861[1]

Baker County Georgia History

Parent County

1825--Baker County was created 12 December 1825 from Early County.  County seat:  Newton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1925 and 1929 -- Courthouse flooded and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Baker County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baker County Georgia Genealogy Resources





Local Histories





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).

  • 1868-1962 - Baker County, Georgia Will Testators Index (Vols. A-B) at SamPubCo - free.
Additional Probate Records
  • 1872-1920 - Index to Baker County, Georgia Annual Returns and Vouchers at Georgia Pioneers ($).


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.

  • 1874-1895 - Baker County Marriage Index 1874-1895. Batch M712031 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1901-1925 - Baker County Marriage Index 1901-1925. Batch M002537 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1925-1944 - Baker County Marriage Index 1925-1944. Batch M002536 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-70 - Baker County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Baker County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Baker County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Baker County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Baker County, Georgia. Page 151 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at