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

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Online Records

Berrien County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Berrien County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded February 25, 1856
County Seat Nashville
Address Berrien County Courthouse
201 N Davis St
Nasvhille, GA 31639
Phone: 229.686.5213
Berrien County Website

County Courthouse

Berrien County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Berrien County Georgia
201 N Davis St
Nashville, Georgia 31639
Phone: 229.686.5213

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1856 and land records. Probate Court has birth and death records from 1919, marriage and probate records from 1856.[1]
Beginning Dates for Berrien County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



Parent County

1856--Berrien County was created 25 February 1856 from Lowndes, Coffee, and Irwin Counties.
County seat:  Nashville [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

No reported damage.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



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.



Mailing Lists
  • GA-Roots A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Georgia. (Rootsweb)

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 Berrien 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

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

- 29th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies C, D and G
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E

- Military - Civil War - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Berrien 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).

  • 1855-1956 - Berrien County, Georgia Will Testators Index (Vols. A-B) at SamPubCo - free.
  • 1855-1909 - Images of Berrien County, Georgia Will Book A at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1855-1909 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Will Book A at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1909-1956 - Images of Berrien County, Georgia Will Book B at Georgia Pioneers ($).
Additional Probate Records
  • 1862-1896 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Estates, Inventories, Appraisements at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1862-1912 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Widows and Divisions of Estates at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1863-1896 - Index to Berrien County, Georgia Bills of Sale at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1882-1901 - Index to Berrien 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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

  • 1856-1887 - Berrien County Marriage Index 1856-1887. Batch M712081 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1885-1895 - Berrien County Marriage Index 1885-1895. Batch M712082 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Berrien County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Berrien 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.