Chatham County, Georgia Genealogy

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County Government Site

Chatham County


  • 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 [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


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




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Savannah



Deeds and Probate Records

Appendices to articles in Georgia Historical Quarterly : March 1939 - June 1939, on the history of Causton's Bluff, Deptford, Brewton Hill  The Georgia historical quarterly

Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910   Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)


Effingham County grants, also some Chatham County, Georgia, 1771-1801 Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Effingham County)

English crown grants for islands in Georgia, 1755-1775 Bryant, Pat

English crown grants in Christ Church parish in Georgia, 1755-1775 Hemperley, Marion R.

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.

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

Learn more about Land Lotteries here: Land Lottery  (Georgia Archives)

List of those entitled to draw in land lottery of 1832 Georgia. Surveyor General

Oyster Leases

Oyster leases 1890-1901, Chatham County, Georgia Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)

Oyster leases 1890-1911, Chatham County, Georgia Chatham County (Georgia). County Commissioners

Miscellaneous Records

Chatham County - Misc. County Offices - Misc. Records, 1813-1952 | Georgia Archives

1832-1900, Estate Papers, Promissory Notes, Marriage Announcement, Deed Records


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

Pony Homestead Records

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

Tax Records

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

Voter's Records

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

Local Histories



Miscellaneous Records

Chatham County - City Clerk (City of Savannah) - Letters to the Mayor, 1844-1890 | Georgia Archives



Probate Records

Chatham County - Probate Court - Marriage Licenses, 1866-1924 | Georgia Archives

Chatham County - Probate Court - Misc. Records, 1860-1899 | Georgia Archives
1860-1899, Homestead files, Case files, Lunacy files, Petitions, Wills, Other Estate records

Chatham County - Probate Court - Proceedings and Declarations Indexes, 1845-1845 | Georgia Archives


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

Vital Records

Birth Records
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, 1914-1927

Name index and images of Georgia statewide deaths.

Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930

Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers.

Voter's Records

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

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).