Clarke County, Georgia Genealogy

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United States  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Georgia  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Clarke County

County Courthouse

Clarke County Courthouse
325 E Washington Street Rm 200;
PO Box 1868
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.613.3031

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, land and court records
from 1801 and military records from 1922; County Health
Department has birth and dieath records from 1919;
Probate Court had marriage and probate records from 1801[1]


Parent County

1801--Clarke County was created 5 December 1801 from Jackson County. County seat:  Athens [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






  Index to Deed Boo A 1802-1804 Georgia Pioneers ($).

Local Histories

  • History of Athens and Clarke County. Athens, Ga.?: H.J. Rowe, 1923. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Hull, Augustus Longstreet. Annals of Athens, Georgia, 1801-1901. Athens, Ga.?: Banner Job Office, 1906, c1907. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


  • Historical Maps from Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Univ. of Georgia Libraries
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from the Digital Library of Georgia.  Most Georgia towns and cities up to 1923. Athens maps for years 1885 and 1893.


  Marriages 1807 to 1820;   Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 Georgia Pioneers ($).



  • Athens Historic Newspaper Archives - Digital Library of Georgia contains full-text issues of 5 historic Athens newspapers.  Titles include Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882),Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).  Search or Browse available. Viewing papers requires download of free DjVu Browser Plug-in.


  Wills 1842-1859 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Wills (1803-1842) (abstracts) Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Will Bk C 1803-1822 Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Will Bk C 1822-1842 Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Will Bk D 1859-1885 Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Will Bk E 1885-1911 Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Mixed Estates 1799-1819 Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Unbound Estates 1797-1949 Georgia Pioneers ($).

  Index to Mixed Estate 1799-1830 Georgia Pioneers ($).


  1802, 1805, 1810 Tax Digest (digital) Georgia Pioneers ($).

Vital Records

  • 1849-50, 1879-80 - Clarke County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • Clarke County, GAGenWeb - free genealogy resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project
  • Family History Library Catalog
  • Clarke County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
  • Digital Library of Georgia - Digital Library of Georgia contains is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources. The Digital Library of Georgia connects users to a million digital objects in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies. Though this represents only a fraction of Georgia's cultural treasures, the Digital Library of Georgia continues to grow through its partnerships with libraries, archives, museums, government agencies, and allied organizations across the state.   Viewing requires download of free DjVu Browser Plug-in.
  • Georgia Pioneers Georgia Pioneers ($).


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clarke County, Georgia. Page 153 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).