Bryan County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Bryan County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1793
County Seat Pembroke
Address Bryan County Courthouse
PO Box 430
Pembroke, GA 31321-0000
Phone: 912.653.3839
Bryan County Website

Bryan County Georgia Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage, probate, birth and some death records;
County Clerk has divorce records from 1920, court and land records
from 1793[1]

Bryan County Georgia History

Local histories are available for Bryan 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.

Parent County

1793--Bryan County was created 19 December 1793 from Chatham County. County seat:  Pembroke [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Bryan County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bryan County Georgia Genealogy Resources



Methodist Episcopal

Campground Methodist Episcopal Church

  • 1884-1885 - Campground Methodist Episcopal Church Baptism Index 1884-1885. Batch C712211 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1884-1895 - Campground Methodist Episcopal Church Marriage Index 1884-1895. Batch M712211 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church

  • 1880-1885 - Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church Baptism Index 1880-1885. Batch C712221 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1880-1895 - Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church Marriage Index 1880-1895. Batch M712221 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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



1868-1889 Georgia Pioneers


Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Bryan County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.


Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bryan County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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).

 Wills 1870-1891 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers   Index to Will Book 1891-1933 Georgia Pioneers

  Index to Will Book A 1870-1891 Georgia Pioneers

  Index to Will Book B 1891-1933  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.

  • 1865-1895 - Bryan County Marriage Index 1865-1895. Batch M712232 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1866 - Bryan County Marriage Index 1866. Batch M712231 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1868-1895 - Bryan County Marriage Index 1868-1895. Batch M712233 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1859-60, 1869-70 - Bryan County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Bryan County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Bryan County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Bryan County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bryan County, Georgia. Page 152 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 3.4 3.5 3.6 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)