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{{Georgia-stub}}''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]]&nbsp; [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]]&nbsp; [[Chatham_County,_Georgia|Chatham County]]'' <br><br>
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{{Georgia-stub}}<br>''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]]&nbsp; [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]]&nbsp; [[Chatham_County,_Georgia|Chatham County]]'' <br><br>  
  
== County Government Site  ==
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[http://www.chathamcounty.org/ Chatham County]<br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.chathamcounty.org/ Chatham County Courthouse]<br> 133 Montgomery Street<br> Savannah, GA 31401-3230<br> Phone: 912.652.7127 <br><br>Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records;<br> Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1783, <br>land records from 1785 and naturalization records from 1801<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chatham County, Georgia. Page 152 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
*There were no counties prior to 5 February 1777. The settlement areas were mostly near the coastline and were organized as church-governmental parishes.  
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There were no counties prior to 5 February 1777. The settlement areas were mostly near the coastline and were organized as church-governmental parishes.&nbsp; See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gachath3/?cj=1&o_xid=0002530104&o_lid=0002530104 Chatham County History] at GAGenWeb Project.  
*See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gachath3/?cj=1&o_xid=0002530104&o_lid=0002530104 Chatham County History] at GAGenWeb Project.
 
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/GA_Counties_Their_Changing_Boundaries.pdf Georgia Counties:&nbsp;&nbsp;Their Changing Boundaries]&nbsp; (Georgia Archives)
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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==== African Americans ====
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*Look Back, Ponder, and Move on:[http://www.kingtisdell.org/exhibit.htm Glimpses of the African American Experience in Savannah 1750-1900] (The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1714 Savannah, Georgia, Slave Manifests, 1811-1860] ($) - via Ancestry.com. This is a database of manifests for slaves arriving in Savannah, Georgia from 1811-1860.&nbsp; The manifests include: Name of ship, Master, Port of departure, Port of destination, List of slaves on board. The slave information includes: First name, Sex, Age, Stature, Name of shipper/owner, Shipper/owner’s place of residence. <br><br>
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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;">Cemeteries</span>
  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2225141&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=1& Belmont Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2225141&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=1& Belmont Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=34923&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Laurel Grove North Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=34923&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Laurel Grove North Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1611134&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Laurel Grove South Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1611134&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Laurel Grove South Cemetery]  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/LDS_Cemetery_Records LDS Cemetery Records]<br>Vol. 1, page 1 - Grave Hill, near Pooler  
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*[[LDS Cemetery Records|LDS Cemetery Records]]<br>Vol. 1, page 1 - Grave Hill, near Pooler  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2249926&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Lepageville Memorial Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2249926&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Lepageville Memorial Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1993645&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Lincoln Memorial Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1993645&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=407&CSsr=41& Lincoln Memorial Cemetery]  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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:*Thomas, Edgar Garfield. ''The First African Baptist Church of North America.'' Savannah, Ga.: unknown, 1925. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22763 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
  
*Savannah
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*Savannah  
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/chatham/ipcmarry.htm Chatham County Marriages (white 1805-1850)&nbsp;Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah]<br>
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court&nbsp; ====
  
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==== Colonial&nbsp;Records ====
  
==== Land ====
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&nbsp; 1738 Savannah&nbsp;Residents [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
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&nbsp; 1735-1738 Baptisms [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
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&nbsp; 1738 Savannah&nbsp;Malcontents [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
'''Deeds and Probate Records'''  
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&nbsp; 1745-1747 and 1756 Savannah&nbsp;Town Lots [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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&nbsp; 1760 Savannah Lots, Yamacraw Bluff [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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&nbsp; 1759 Savannah Wharf Lots [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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==== <br><br>Directories&nbsp;  ====
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:*'''1888''' - ''Savannah, GA, 1888''. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1888. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4487 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*:*'''1889''' - ''Savannah, GA, 1889''. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1889. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4487 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*'''1890''' - ''Savannah, GA, 1890''. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1890. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4487 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=568122&disp=Appendices+to+articles+in+Georgia+Histor Appendices to articles in Georgia Historical Quarterly&nbsp;: March 1939 - June 1939, on the history of Causton's Bluff, Deptford, Brewton Hill ]&nbsp;The Georgia historical quarterly
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:*'''1891''' - ''Savannah, GA, 1891''. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1891. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4487 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*1898 Savannah City Directory [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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:*1899 Savannah City Directory [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=140778&disp=Deeds%2C+1785%2D1900%3B+index+to+deeds%2 Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910 ]&nbsp; Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)<br>
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==== Immigration&nbsp; ====
  
'''Grants'''
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Inward and outward slave manifest lists:
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1012231&disp=Effingham+County+grants%2C+also+some+Cha Effingham County grants, also some Chatham County, Georgia, 1771-1801 Georgia.] Court of Ordinary (Effingham County)  
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:*Savannah, Georgia: Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1801-1860. ARC 1151775, U.S. Customs Service, Record Group Number 36. National Archives Southeast Region, Morrow, Georgia. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1714 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=331535&disp=English+crown+grants+for+islands+in+Geor English crown grants for islands in Georgia, 1755-1775] Bryant, Pat
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==== Land  ====
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=304030&disp=English+crown+grants+in+Christ+Church+pa English crown grants in Christ Church parish in Georgia, 1755-1775] Hemperley, Marion R.
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'''Deeds and Probate Records'''
  
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*{{FHL|568122|title-id|disp=Appendices to articles in Georgia Historical Quarterly&nbsp;: March 1939 - June 1939, on the history of Causton's Bluff, Deptford, Brewton Hill }}&nbsp;The Georgia historical quarterly
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*{{FHL|140778|title-id|disp=Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910 }}&nbsp; Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County) are available on microfilm through a local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]].
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*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/chathamdeed.php Chatham County Deed Books] (1785-1806), index and images online at the [http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/index.php Georgia Virtual Vault]. <br>
  
'''Headright Surveys:'''  
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'''Grants'''  
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*{{FHL|1012231|title-id|disp=Effingham County grants, also some Chatham County, Georgia, 1771-1801 Georgia.}} Court of Ordinary (Effingham County)
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*{{FHL|331535|title-id|disp=English crown grants for islands in Georgia, 1755-1775}} Bryant, Pat
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*{{FHL|304030|title-id|disp=English crown grants in Christ Church parish in Georgia, 1755-1775}} Hemperley, Marion R.
  
Public land given to the head of a household or to an individual who paid another person's passage to America. Headright grants were given to early colonists of America and to early citizens of Texas.
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=315621&disp=Headright+surveys%2C+plat+books+D+and+E+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Headright surveys, plat books D and E for Camden, Glynn, Liberty, Chatham and Effingham counties, 1784-1793]
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'''Headright Surveys:'''
  
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Public land given to the head of a household or to an individual who paid another person's passage to America. Headright grants were given to early colonists of America and to early citizens of Texas.&nbsp; See {{FHL|315621|title-id|disp=Headright surveys, plat books D and E for Camden, Glynn, Liberty, Chatham and Effingham counties, 1784-1793}}.
  
'''Homestead Records'''
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(See also Probate Records)  
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'''Homestead Records''' (See also Probate Records)  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=145692&disp=Homestead+records%2C+1868%2D1902 Homestead records, 1868-1902 Georgia.] Superior Court (Chatham County)  
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{{FHL|145692|title-id|disp=Homestead records, 1868-1902 Georgia.}} Superior Court (Chatham County)  
  
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'''Land Lottery'''  
 
'''Land Lottery'''  
  
Learn more about Land Lotteries here: [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/land_lottery/default.htm Land Lottery]&nbsp; (Georgia Archives)  
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*Learn more about Land Lotteries here: [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/land_lottery/default.htm Land Lottery]&nbsp; (Georgia Archives)  
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*{{FHL|315427|title-id|disp=List of those entitled to draw in land lottery of 1832 Georgia.}} Surveyor General
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=315427&disp=List+of+those+entitled+to+draw+in+land+l List of those entitled to draw in land lottery of 1832 Georgia.] Surveyor General
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==== <br> Maps  ====
  
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&nbsp; Map of Chatham&nbsp;County [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;($)<br>&nbsp; Map of the Savannah&nbsp;River Plantations [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;($)<br>  
  
 
'''Oyster Leases'''  
 
'''Oyster Leases'''  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=155991&disp=Oyster+leases+1890%2D1901%2C+Chatham+Cou Oyster leases 1890-1901, Chatham County, Georgia Georgia. Superior Court] (Chatham County)  
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*{{FHL|155991|title-id|disp=Oyster leases 1890-1901, Chatham County, Georgia Georgia. Superior Court}} (Chatham County)  
 
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*{{FHL|171900|title-id|disp=Oyster leases 1890-1911, Chatham County, Georgia Chatham County (Georgia).}} County Commissioners
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=171900&disp=Oyster+leases+1890%2D1911%2C+Chatham+Cou Oyster leases 1890-1911, Chatham County, Georgia Chatham County (Georgia).] County Commissioners  
 
  
 
<br>'''Mortgages'''  
 
<br>'''Mortgages'''  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=141459&disp=Mortgages%2C+1871%2D1900 Mortgages, 1871-1900 Georgia.] Superior Court (Chatham County)  
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{{FHL|141459|title-id|disp=Mortgages, 1871-1900 Georgia.}} Superior Court (Chatham County)  
  
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'''Pony Homestead Records'''  
 
'''Pony Homestead Records'''  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=145683&disp=Pony+homestead+records%2C+1876%2D1922 Pony homestead records, 1876-1922 Georgia.] Court of Ordinary (Chatham County)<br>
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{{FHL|145683|title-id|disp=Pony homestead records, 1876-1922 Georgia.}} Court of Ordinary (Chatham County)<br>  
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==== Probate Records  ====
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&nbsp; Complete Card Index File (digitized) of all Wills and Estates in Chatham County, alphabetical by surname. [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;($)<br>&nbsp; Wills 1781-1824 (abstracts)&nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
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&nbsp; Will Book B 1777-1787 (digital images). See list of names. &nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;Will&nbsp;Book C 1788-1791 (digital images). See list of names. &nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Will&nbsp;Book D 1801-1807 (digital images).&nbsp;See list of names.&nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Will Book E 1791-1801 (digital images) . See list of names. [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Will&nbsp;Book F 1801-1807 (digital images. See list of names. &nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Will Book I 1827-1840 (digital images) See list of names. [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Will Book K 1839-1852 (digital images). See list of names.&nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Will Book L 1850-1861 (digital images). See list of names. &nbsp; [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Index to Estates, Inventories 1783-1788 (digital image).&nbsp;See list o names. &nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Index to Estates, Inventories 1794-1805 (digital image). See list&nbsp;o names. &nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Index to Chatham Will Book&nbsp;A 1775-1801 (digital) . See list of names. [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>&nbsp; Index to Chatham Will&nbsp;Book B 1777-1787 (digital). See list of names. &nbsp;[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]<br>  
  
 
'''Tax Records'''  
 
'''Tax Records'''  
  
[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2871 Chatham County - Tax Collector - Tax Digests, 1837-1978] | Georgia Archives
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Chatham County Tax Digest for 1793 (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countychatham.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;($)<br>
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[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2871 Chatham County - Tax Collector - Tax Digests, 1837-1978] | Georgia Archives  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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:*Gamble, Thomas. ''Bethesda: An Historical Sketch of Whitefield's House of Mercy in Georgia, and of the Union Society, His Associate and Successor in Philanthropy.'' Savannah, Ga.: Morning News Print, 1902. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22726 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Gamble, Thomas. ''Savannah Duels and Duellists, 1733-1877.'' Savannah, Ga.: Review Pub. &amp; Print. Co., 1923. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22953 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Granger, Mary. ''{{FHL|175915|title-id|disp=Savannah River Plantations}}.'' Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22927 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Harden, William. ''A History of Savannah and South Georgia.'' Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22839 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Harden, William. ''Recollections of a Long and Satisfactory Life.'' New York: Negro Universities Press, 1968, c1934. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22897 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Jones, Charles Colcock. ''History of Savannah, Ga.: From Its Settlement to the Close of the Eighteenth Century.'' Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason &amp; Co., 1890. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22840 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Lattimore, Ralston B. ''Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia.'' Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1954. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22770 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Lee, F. D. ''Historical Record of the City of Savannah.'' Savannah Ga.: Printed and published by J.H. Estill, Morning News Steam-powered Press, 1869, c1868. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22811 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Lichtenstein, Gaston. ''Early History of Tarboro, North Carolina: Also, Collated Colonial Public Claims of Edgecombe County, and Easter Sunday in Savannah, Ga.'' Richmond: W.E. Jones, Book and Job Printer, 1908. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29420 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Piechocinski, Elizabeth Carpenter. ''{{FHL|1162176|title-id|disp=Once Upon an Island: The Barrier and Marsh Islands of Chatham County, Georgia}}.'' Includes marriages and other vital records for Island residents, family history information for Island residents, listings of Island-born Blacks, gravesites, victims of hurricans, Union soldiers involved in the skirmish on Whitemarch Island, plantation owners, and freed Blacks who obtained land in the Islands.<br>
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:*''Savannah.'' Savannah, Ga.: Review Print. Co., 1937. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22926 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Sholes, A. E. ''Chronological History of Savannah: From Its Settlement by Oglethorpe Down to December 31, 1899: Together with a Complete Record of the City and County, and Savannah's Roll of Honor, A Roster of the Soldiers Who Have in Three Wars Gone Forth at Their Country's Call, from This City.'' Savannah, Ga.: Morning News Print., 1900. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22737 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*Wilson, Adelaide. ''Historic and Picturesque Savannah.'' Boston: Published for the subscribers by the Boston Photogravure Co., 1889. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22807 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
 
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==== Maps  ====
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==== Migration  ====
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Early migration routes to and from Chatham County for European settlers included:<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry.], and William E. Myer, ''Indian Trails of the Southeast''. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the Early Colonial Period" (1923). ({{FHL|54678|item|disp=FHL Book 970.1 M992i}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1523234 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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:*Atlantic Ocean 1733
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:*Savannah River 1733
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:*[[Charleston-Savannah Trail]] late 1730s (an extension of the [[King's Highway]])
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:*[[Augusta-Savannah Trail]] 1739
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:*[[Savannah-Jacksonville Trail]] 1740s
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Chatham County.
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*April 10-11, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga001.htm Fort Pulaski]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/GAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
  
 
==== Miscellaneous Records  ====
 
==== Miscellaneous Records  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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[http://e-archives.liveoakpl.org/obits.cfm Savannah Morning News]&nbsp;(Live Oak Public Libraries)
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*The Bull Street Branch has the Savannah Morning News from 1763-present in microfilm.
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*The Georgia Room has the index to this paper for 1763-1986 except: 1846-1849; 1892-1895 (spotty); 1896-1929.
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*The Georgia Death Index (1919-1994) is available at Ancestry.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
 
*[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2868 Chatham County - Probate Court - Marriage Licenses, 1866-1924 ]| Georgia Archives  
 
*[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2868 Chatham County - Probate Court - Marriage Licenses, 1866-1924 ]| Georgia Archives  
*[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2869 Chatham County - Probate Court - Misc. Records, 1860-1899] | Georgia Archives, 1860-1899, Homestead files, Case files, Lunacy files, Petitions, Wills, Other Estate records
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*[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2869 Chatham County - Probate Court - Misc. Records, 1860-1899] | Georgia Archives, 1860-1899, Homestead files, Case files, Lunacy files, Petitions, Wills, Other Estate records  
 
 
 
*[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2870 Chatham County - Probate Court - Proceedings and Declarations Indexes, 1845-1845] | Georgia Archives<br>
 
*[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2870 Chatham County - Probate Court - Proceedings and Declarations Indexes, 1845-1845] | Georgia Archives<br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2871 Chatham County - Tax Collector - Tax Digests, 1837-1978] | Georgia Archives <br>
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[http://find.sos.state.ga.us/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=2871 Chatham County - Tax Collector - Tax Digests, 1837-1978] | Georgia Archives <br>  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
 
===== Birth Records  =====
 
===== Birth Records  =====
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The City of Savannah (Chatham County) has birth records beginning in 1890. They were recorded state-wide beginning in 1919.&nbsp;
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Chatham County Health Department<br>P. O. Box 14257<br>Savannah, GA, 31416.<br>Telephone: 912-356-2138
  
 
===== Marriage Records  =====
 
===== Marriage Records  =====
  
[https://beta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://pilot.familysearch.org/records/trk:/fsrs/c1674807&hash=MPAfKvgWGXfZ5STyuqUCQxOVNk8%253D Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967]&nbsp; Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674807 Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967]&nbsp; Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.  
  
 
===== Death Records  =====
 
===== Death Records  =====
  
*[https://beta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://pilot.familysearch.org/records/trk:/fsrs/c1320969&hash=MPAfKvgWGXfZ5STyuqUCQxOVNk8%253D Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927]&nbsp; Name index and images of Georgia statewide deaths.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320969 Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927]&nbsp; Name index and images of Georgia statewide deaths.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1385727 Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930]&nbsp; Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers.
  
*[https://beta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://pilot.familysearch.org/records/trk:/fsrs/c1385727&hash=MPAfKvgWGXfZ5STyuqUCQxOVNk8%253D Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930]&nbsp; Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers.
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:*'''1849-50, 1879-80''' - {{PAGENAME}} Mortality Schedules at [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
 
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=191763&subject_disp=Georgia%2C+Chatham&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Chatham|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Chatham/ Chatham County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Chatham/ Chatham County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://sos.georgia.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/Documenting%20Family%20History%20in%20Georgia.pdf Documenting Family History in Georgia]&nbsp; I&nbsp;Georgia Archives
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*[http://library.armstrong.edu/digital.html Lane Library Digital Collections] (Armstrong Atlantic State University)
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*Georgia Pioneers [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/ Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Revision as of 18:26, 5 January 2013

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Online Records


County Courthouse

Chatham County Courthouse
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401-3230
Phone: 912.652.7127

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records;
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1783,
land records from 1785 and naturalization records from 1801[1]

History

There were no counties prior to 5 February 1777. The settlement areas were mostly near the coastline and were organized as church-governmental parishes.  See Chatham County History at GAGenWeb Project.

Parent County

  • 1777-Chatham County was created 5 February 1777 from St. Phillip and Christ Church Parishes.
    County seat: Savannah [2]

Boundary Changes

See Georgia Counties:  Their Changing Boundaries  (Georgia Archives)

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Incorporated Cities: Bloomingdale . Garden City . Pooler . Port Wenworth . Savannah . Thunderbolt . Tybee Island . Vernonburg
  • Communities: Georgetown . Hunter Army Airfield . Isle of Hope . Montgomery . Pin Point . Skidaway Island . White Bluff . Whitemarsh Island . Wilmington Island

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African Americans

Cemeteries

Church

  • Thomas, Edgar Garfield. The First African Baptist Church of North America. Savannah, Ga.: unknown, 1925. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Court 

Colonial Records

  1738 Savannah Residents Georgia Pioneers ($)

  1735-1738 Baptisms Georgia Pioneers ($)

  1738 Savannah Malcontents Georgia Pioneers ($)

  1745-1747 and 1756 Savannah Town Lots Georgia Pioneers ($)

  1760 Savannah Lots, Yamacraw Bluff Georgia Pioneers ($)

  1759 Savannah Wharf Lots Georgia Pioneers ($)



Directories 

  • 1888 - Savannah, GA, 1888. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1888. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
    • 1889 - Savannah, GA, 1889. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1889. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1890 - Savannah, GA, 1890. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1890. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1891 - Savannah, GA, 1891. Savannah, GA: The Morning News Print, 1891. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1898 Savannah City Directory Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1899 Savannah City Directory Georgia Pioneers ($)

Immigration 

Inward and outward slave manifest lists:

  • Savannah, Georgia: Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1801-1860. ARC 1151775, U.S. Customs Service, Record Group Number 36. National Archives Southeast Region, Morrow, Georgia. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land

Deeds and Probate Records

Grants


Headright Surveys:

Public land given to the head of a household or to an individual who paid another person's passage to America. Headright grants were given to early colonists of America and to early citizens of Texas.  See Headright surveys, plat books D and E for Camden, Glynn, Liberty, Chatham and Effingham counties, 1784-1793.


Homestead Records (See also Probate Records)

Homestead records, 1868-1902 Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)


Land Lottery


Maps

  Map of Chatham County Georgia Pioneers ($)
  Map of the Savannah River Plantations Georgia Pioneers ($)

Oyster Leases


Mortgages

Mortgages, 1871-1900 Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)


Pony Homestead Records

Pony homestead records, 1876-1922 Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Chatham County)

Probate Records

  Complete Card Index File (digitized) of all Wills and Estates in Chatham County, alphabetical by surname. Georgia Pioneers ($)
  Wills 1781-1824 (abstracts) Georgia Pioneers ($)

  Will Book B 1777-1787 (digital images). See list of names.  Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book C 1788-1791 (digital images). See list of names.  Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book D 1801-1807 (digital images). See list of names. Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book E 1791-1801 (digital images) . See list of names. Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book F 1801-1807 (digital images. See list of names.  Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book I 1827-1840 (digital images) See list of names. Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book K 1839-1852 (digital images). See list of names. Georgia Pioneers
  Will Book L 1850-1861 (digital images). See list of names.   Georgia Pioneers
  Index to Estates, Inventories 1783-1788 (digital image). See list o names.  Georgia Pioneers
  Index to Estates, Inventories 1794-1805 (digital image). See list o names.  Georgia Pioneers
  Index to Chatham Will Book A 1775-1801 (digital) . See list of names. Georgia Pioneers
  Index to Chatham Will Book B 1777-1787 (digital). See list of names.  Georgia Pioneers

Tax Records

Chatham County Tax Digest for 1793 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers ($)

Chatham County - Tax Collector - Tax Digests, 1837-1978 | Georgia Archives

Local Histories

  • Gamble, Thomas. Bethesda: An Historical Sketch of Whitefield's House of Mercy in Georgia, and of the Union Society, His Associate and Successor in Philanthropy. Savannah, Ga.: Morning News Print, 1902. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Gamble, Thomas. Savannah Duels and Duellists, 1733-1877. Savannah, Ga.: Review Pub. & Print. Co., 1923. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Harden, William. A History of Savannah and South Georgia. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Harden, William. Recollections of a Long and Satisfactory Life. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1968, c1934. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Jones, Charles Colcock. History of Savannah, Ga.: From Its Settlement to the Close of the Eighteenth Century. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1890. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Lattimore, Ralston B. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1954. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Lee, F. D. Historical Record of the City of Savannah. Savannah Ga.: Printed and published by J.H. Estill, Morning News Steam-powered Press, 1869, c1868. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Lichtenstein, Gaston. Early History of Tarboro, North Carolina: Also, Collated Colonial Public Claims of Edgecombe County, and Easter Sunday in Savannah, Ga. Richmond: W.E. Jones, Book and Job Printer, 1908. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Piechocinski, Elizabeth Carpenter. Once Upon an Island: The Barrier and Marsh Islands of Chatham County, Georgia. Includes marriages and other vital records for Island residents, family history information for Island residents, listings of Island-born Blacks, gravesites, victims of hurricans, Union soldiers involved in the skirmish on Whitemarch Island, plantation owners, and freed Blacks who obtained land in the Islands.
  • Savannah. Savannah, Ga.: Review Print. Co., 1937. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Sholes, A. E. Chronological History of Savannah: From Its Settlement by Oglethorpe Down to December 31, 1899: Together with a Complete Record of the City and County, and Savannah's Roll of Honor, A Roster of the Soldiers Who Have in Three Wars Gone Forth at Their Country's Call, from This City. Savannah, Ga.: Morning News Print., 1900. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Wilson, Adelaide. Historic and Picturesque Savannah. Boston: Published for the subscribers by the Boston Photogravure Co., 1889. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Chatham County for European settlers included:[3]

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Chatham County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

Miscellaneous Records

Newspapers

Savannah Morning News (Live Oak Public Libraries)

  • The Bull Street Branch has the Savannah Morning News from 1763-present in microfilm.
  • The Georgia Room has the index to this paper for 1763-1986 except: 1846-1849; 1892-1895 (spotty); 1896-1929.
  • The Georgia Death Index (1919-1994) is available at Ancestry.

Probate

Taxation

Chatham County - Tax Collector - Tax Digests, 1837-1978 | Georgia Archives

Vital Records

Birth Records

The City of Savannah (Chatham County) has birth records beginning in 1890. They were recorded state-wide beginning in 1919. 

Chatham County Health Department
P. O. Box 14257
Savannah, GA, 31416.
Telephone: 912-356-2138

Marriage Records

Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967  Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.

Death Records
  • Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930  Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers.
  • 1849-50, 1879-80 - Chatham County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Voter's Records

Chatham County - City Clerk (City of Savannah) - Voters Registration Books, 1867-1867 | Georgia Archives

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chatham 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the Early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)