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Baker County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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County Facts
County seat: Newton
Organized: December 12, 1825
Parent County(s): Early[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calhoun  • Decatur  • Dougherty  • Early  • Miller  • Mitchell
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Courthouse
Baker County Courthouse, Newton.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for John Baker and is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Baker County Courthouse
167 Baker Place
Newton, GA 39870
Phone: 229-734-3000
Baker County Website

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, and probate court records.
County Clerk has divorce, court and land records from 1861.[3]

Baker County, Georgia Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1930 1875 1930 1879 1850 1868 1820
Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record LossEdit

1873 The courthouse at Newton burned the night of 17-18 December 1873. All the Ordinary Court and most Superior Court records were lost.[5][6]

Surviving records include:[5]

  • Deed book 20
  • Mortgage books B and C
  • 1845 tax digest

1925, 1929 and 1994 Flooding damaged the courthouse and may have damaged records.[5]

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1825 Baker County was created 12 December 1825 from Early County.
  • County seat: Newton[7]

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.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
  • Hawkinstown
  • Hoggard Mill
  • Iveys Mill
  • Jones Spur
  • Milford
  • Mimsville
  • Patmos
  • Red Store Crossroads
Ghost towns
  • Fish Trap
  • Ledbetter


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Baker, 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 Baker County cemeteries.

Census RecordsEdit

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Baker 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.

  • Baker County Historical Society (Ga.). 1991. The History of Baker County, Georgia. Roswell, Ga: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division. (Table 2 - Veterans, page 434-437) at FHL Collection and at other libraries

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Baker County 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 Baker County:

- 6th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 51st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies D and E
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate),
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate), Company B
- 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate)


  • Baker County Historical Society (Ga.). 1991. The History of Baker County, Georgia. Roswell, Ga: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division. (Table 2 - Veterans, page 434-437) at FHL Collection and at other libraries


World War I

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

Voting Records

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Baker County Historical Society
    100 Main Street
    Newton, GA 39870
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WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Baker, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker_County,_Georgia." accessed 31 Oct 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Baker County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 11-13. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Newton, GA Baker County Courthouse Fire, Dec 1873 at GenDisasters.com http://www3.gendisasters.com/georgia/22140/newton-ga-baker-county-courthouse-fire-dec-1873
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Baker County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker_County%2C_Georgia, accessed 26 January 2019.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.