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:*Burke County, Georgia Wills Index at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gaburke/bwill.htm GAGenWeb] - free.<br>  
:*Burke County, Georgia Will transcriptions at [http://usgwarchives.net/ga/burke/wills.htm GAGenWeb] - free.<br>
:*Burke County, Georgia Wills 1855-1858 (Digital Images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyburke.html Georgia Pioneer]s
:*1856-1930 - Browsable index of testators of wills. [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/georgia.htm#burke SAMPUBCO]- free.<br>  
:*Burke County, Georgia Miscellaneous Wills and Estates [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyburke.html Georgia Pioneers]  
:*Burke County, Georgia Wills 1855-1858 (Digital Images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyburke.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
:*Index to Burke County Annual Returns 1859-1868 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyburke.html Georgia Pioneers]
:*Burke County, Georgia Miscellaneous Wills and Estates [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyburke.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
:*Index to Burke County Annual Returns 1859-1868 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyburke.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Georgia  Gotoarrow.png  Burke County

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

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Online Records

Burke County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Burke County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded February 5, 1777
County Seat Waynesboro
Address Burke County Courthouse
111 E 6th Street
PO Box 89
Waynesboro, GA 30830
Phone: 706.554.2324
Burke County Website

County Courthouse

Burke County Courthouse
111 East 6th Street
Waynesboro, GA 30830
Phone: 706.554.2324

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927, marriage and probate records from 1856.[1]

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



Parent County

1777--Burke County was created 5 February 1777 from St. George Parish.  County seat: Waynesboro [2]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1825 and 1856 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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


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.



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 Burke 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
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Burke County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

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

  • Burke County, Georgia Will transcriptions at GAGenWeb - free.
  • 1856-1930 - Browsable index of testators of wills. SAMPUBCO- free.
  • Burke County, Georgia Wills 1855-1858 (Digital Images) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • Burke County, Georgia Miscellaneous Wills and Estates Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • Index to Burke County Annual Returns 1859-1868 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.

      1798 Burke County Slaveholders, First and Second Districts Georgia Pioneers

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.

  • 1855-1871 - Burke County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1855-1871. Batch M712261 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1872-1876 - Burke County Marriage Book 3 Index 1872-1876. Batch M712262 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1877-1878 - Burke County Marriage Index 1877-1878. Batch M712263 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1877-1895 - Burke County Marriage Books 5 and 6 Index 1877-1895. Batch M712265 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1878-1879 - Burke County Marriage Index 1878-1879. Batch M712264 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1889-1900 - Burke County Marriage Books 7 and 8 Index 1889-1900. Batch M712266 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Burke 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), Burke 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 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.