Chatham County, Georgia Genealogy

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Template:Georgia-stubUnited States  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Georgia  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Chatham County

County Government Site

Chatham County

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 [1]

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

  • Look Back, Ponder, and Move on:

Glimpses of the African American Experience in Savannah 1750-1900 (The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation)

Cemeteries

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Court

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


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)


Tax Records

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

Local Histories

Maps

Military

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.

Voter's Records

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

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites

References

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