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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] were the Baptists and Methodists. The largest collection of Georgia church records can be found at the Georgia Department of Archives and History. The archives borrowed pre-1940 church records from many local congregations and preserved them on microfilm. The collection is continually growing but is not complete.  
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''[[United States]]   [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]   [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Georgia_Church_Records|Church Records]]''
  
The Family History Library has some Georgia church records, including records for Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations. Most are from the Georgia Department of Archives and History. You may also want to use the library's histories of the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and others.
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=== Introduction  ===
  
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.  
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In the colonial period, the Church of England, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Moravian churches were the largest religous groups in Georgia. After 1900 the largest religious groups were the [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptists]] and [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodists]].<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>
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The largest collection of Georgia church records can be found at the [[Georgia State Archives|Georgia State Archives]]. The archives borrowed pre-1940 church records from many local congregations and preserved them on microfilm. The collection is continually growing but is not complete.
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has some Georgia church records, including records for Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations. Most are from the [[Georgia State Archives|Georgia State Archives]]. You may also want to use the library's histories of the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and others.
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Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
  
 
=== Baptist  ===
 
=== Baptist  ===
  
Georgia Baptist Historical Collection<br>Eugene W. Stetson Memorial Library<br>Mercer University<br>Macon, Ga 31207 <br>Internet: http://www.sbhla.org/links.htm
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[http://www.sbhla.org/links.htm Georgia Baptist Historical Collection]<br>Eugene W. Stetson Memorial Library<br>Mercer University<br>Macon, Ga 31207  
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The Family History Library has microfilmed some research materials at Mercer University. For example, {{FHL|204489}} includes ten histories of various Baptist associations. There are also histories and inventories such as the following:
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*''Inventory of the Church Archives of Georgia: Atlanta Association of Baptist Churches'' {{WorldCat|29122660|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|180229|item|disp=FHL Film 1425645 Item 3; Book 975.8 K2hb}}
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*Campbell, Jesse H. ''Georgia Baptists: Historical and Biographical''. Richmond: H.K. Ellyson, 1847. [https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&dps_pid=IE87774&dps_dvs=1334595989066~773&dps_pid=IE87774&change_lng=en Digital Version]; {{WorldCat|5065358|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|195312|item|disp=FHL Film 1033617 Item 3; Book 975.8 K2c (1874 edition)}; 1847 edition {{FHL|314275|item|disp=FHL Film 206288 Item 2}}
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*''History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia.'' Atlanta, Ga.: J.P. Harrison &amp; Company, 1881. {{WorldCat|2545923|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|105941|item|disp=FHL Film 896565}}
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=== Church of England (Anglican, Protestant Episcopal)  ===
  
The Family History Library has microfilmed some research materials at Mercer University. For example, Family History Library microfilm [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=204489 204489] includes ten histories of various Baptist associations. There are also histories and inventories such as the following:  
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If your ancestor was a minister in Colonial Georgia, see:  
  
*''Inventory of the ''''Church Archives of Georgia: Atlanta Association of Baptist Churches''''''''
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*Frederick Lewis Weis's&nbsp;''The Colonial Clergy of Maryland, Delaware, and Georgia,''&nbsp;is an alphabetical listing of the clergy in Delaware from 1638-1776, and includes names, dates, and places. A copy of the book is located&nbsp;in the {{FHL|589337|item}}. For a copy nearest you, check [http://www.worldcat.org/title/colonial-clergy-of-maryland-delaware-and-georgia/oclc/4040295&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
*Campbell, Jesse H. ''Georgia Baptists: Historical and Biographical''. Macon, Georgia: J.W. Burke &amp; Company, 1874. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=195312&disp=Georgia+Baptists%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.8 K2c; microfilm 1033617 item 3]; 1847 edition on microfilm [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=314275&disp=Georgia+Baptists%20%20&columns=*,0,0 206288 item 2].)
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*''History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia.'' Atlanta, Georgia: J.P. Harrison &amp; Company, 1881. (Family History Library microfilm 896565.)
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Georgia Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers''. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6031507 (2 fiche); Book 979.2258 A3j}}. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.  
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
  
United Methodist Museum<br>P.O. Box 24081<br>St. Simons Island, GA 31522 <br>Telephone: 912-638-4050<br>FAX: 912-638-9050<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:methmuse@bellsouth.net <u>methmuse@bellsouth.net</u>]<br>Internet: http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.2901109/k.12B1/Researching_Your_United_Methodist_Ancestors.htm
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[http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.2901109/k.12B1/Researching_Your_United_Methodist_Ancestors.htm United Methodist Museum]<br>P.O. Box 24081<br>St. Simons Island, GA 31522 <br>Phone: (912) 638-4050<br>Fax: (912) 638-9050<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:methmuse@bellsouth.net <u>methmuse@bellsouth.net</u>]  
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For a history of the Methodist Church, see:  
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*Harold Lawrence, ''Methodist Preachers in Georgia 1783-1900'' (Tignall, Georgia: Boyd Pub., 1984). {{WorldCat|11273795|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|240441|item|disp=FHL Book 975.8 K2L}}
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*James Lloyd Knox, ''Methodist Preachers in Georgia 1783-1900, a supplement''. (Milledgeville, Georgia&nbsp;: Boyd Pub. Co., c1995). {{WorldCat|32248508|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|750884|item|disp=FHL Book  974.743 K2a}}
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=== Moravian  ===
  
*For a history of the Methodist Church, see Harold Lawrence, ''Methodist Preachers in Georgia 1783-1900'' (Tignall, Georgia: Boyd Pub., 1984; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=240441&disp=Methodist+preachers+in+Georgia%2C+1783%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.8 K2L]).
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[http://www.moravianchurcharchives.org/general.php The Moravian Archives]<br>41 West Locust Street<br>Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018<br>United States of America<br>Phone: (610) 866-3255<br>Fax: (610) 866-9210
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For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit [http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/GUIDES/153.htm Moravian Missions Among American Indians.]&nbsp;For a map and list of missions visit [http://bdhp.moravian.edu/community_records/christianindians/missionmap.html Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.]
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Mission records are also available through {{FHL|301362|item}}. The records are indexed in ''Index to the records of the Moravian Mission among the Indians of North America'' by Carl John Fliegel. {{WorldCat|120374|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53079|item|disp=FHL Book 970.1 F642i, 4 vol}}.  
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
Archdiocese of Atlanta<br>680 W. Peachtree Street, N.W.<br>Atlanta, GA 30308 <br>Internet: http://www.archatl.com/  
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[http://www.archatl.com/offices/archives/ Office of Archives and Records]<br>Archdiocese of Atlanta<br>680 W. Peachtree Street, N.W.<br>Atlanta, GA 30308-1984<br>Phone: (404) 978-2772<br>Fax: (404) 885-7462
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Baldwin County, Georgia|Baldwin]], [[Banks County, Georgia|Banks]], [[Barrow County, Georgia|Barrow]], [[Bartow County, Georgia|Bartow]], [[Butts County, Georgia|Butts]], [[Carroll County, Georgia|Carroll]], [[Catoosa County, Georgia|Catoosa]], [[Chattooga County, Georgia|Chattooga]], [[Cherokee County, Georgia|Cherokee]], [[Clarke County, Georgia|Clarke]], [[Clayton County, Georgia|Clayton]], [[Cobb County, Georgia|Cobb]], [[Coweta County, Georgia|Coweta]], [[Dade County, Georgia|Dade]], [[Dawson County, Georgia|Dawson]], [[DeKalb County, Georgia|DeKalb]], [[Douglas County, Georgia|Douglas]], [[Elbert County, Georgia|Elbert]], [[Fannin County, Georgia|Fannin]], [[Fayette County, Georgia|Fayette]], [[Floyd County, Georgia|Floyd]], [[Forsyth County, Georgia|Forsyth]], [[Franklin County, Georgia|Franklin]], [[Fulton County, Georgia|Fulton]], [[Gilmer County, Georgia|Gilmer]], [[Gordon County, Georgia|Gordon]], [[Greene County, Georgia|Greene]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]], [[Habersham County, Georgia|Habersham]], [[Hall County, Georgia|Hall]], [[Hancock County, Georgia|Hancock]], [[Haralson County, Georgia|Haralson]], [[Hart County, Georgia|Hart]], [[Heard County, Georgia|Heard]], [[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]], [[Jackson County, Georgia|Jackson]], [[Jasper County, Georgia|Jasper]], [[Lamar County, Georgia|Lamar]], [[Lincoln County, Georgia|Lincoln]], [[Lumpkin County, Georgia|Lumpkin]], [[Madison County, Georgia|Madison]], [[McDuffie County, Georgia|McDuffie]], [[Meriwether County, Georgia|Meriwether]], [[Monroe County, Georgia|Monroe]], [[Morgan County, Georgia|Morgan]], [[Murray County, Georgia|Murray]], [[Newton County, Georgia|Newton]], [[Oconee County, Georgia|Oconee]], [[Oglethorpe County, Georgia|Oglethorpe]], [[Paulding County, Georgia|Paulding]], [[Pickens County, Georgia|Pickens]], [[Pike County, Georgia|Pike]], [[Polk County, Georgia|Polk]], [[Putnam County, Georgia|Putnam]], [[Rabun County, Georgia|Rabun]], [[Rockdale County, Georgia|Rockdale]], [[Spalding County, Georgia|Spalding]], [[Stephens County, Georgia|Stephens]], [[Taliaferro County, Georgia|Taliaferro]], [[Towns County, Georgia|Towns]], [[Troup County, Georgia|Troup]], [[Union County, Georgia|Union]], [[Upson County, Georgia|Upson]], [[Walker County, Georgia|Walker]], [[Walton County, Georgia|Walton]], [[Warren County, Georgia|Warren]], [[White County, Georgia|White]], [[Whitfield County, Georgia|Whitfield]] and [[Wilkes County, Georgia|Wilkes]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
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[http://diosav.org/node/205 Archivist, Catholic Diocese of Savannah]<br>601 East Liberty St.<br>Savannah, GA 31401<br>Phone: (912) 201-4070
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Appling County, Georgia|Appling]], [[Atkinson County, Georgia|Atkinson]], [[Bacon County, Georgia|Bacon]], [[Baker County, Georgia|Baker]], [[Ben Hill County, Georgia|Ben Hill]], [[Berrien County, Georgia|Berrien]], [[Bibb County, Georgia|Bibb]], [[Bleckley County, Georgia|Bleckley]], [[Brantley County, Georgia|Brantley]], [[Brooks County, Georgia|Brooks]], [[Bulloch County, Georgia|Bulloch]], [[Burke County, Georgia|Burke]], [[Bryan County, Georgia|Bryan]], [[Calhoun County, Georgia|Calhoun]], [[Camden County, Georgia|Camden]], [[Candler County, Georgia|Candler]], [[Charlton County, Georgia|Charlton]], [[Chatham County, Georgia|Chatham]], [[Chattahoochee County, Georgia|Chattahoochee]], [[Clay County, Georgia|Clay]], [[Clinch County, Georgia|Clinch]], [[Coffee County, Georgia|Coffee]], [[Colquitt County, Georgia|Colquitt]], [[Columbia County, Georgia|Columbia]], [[Cook County, Georgia|Cook]], [[Crawford County, Georgia|Crawford]], [[Crisp County, Georgia|Crisp]], [[Decatur County, Georgia|Decatur]], [[Dodge County, Georgia|Dodge]], [[Dooly County, Georgia|Dooly]], [[Dougherty County, Georgia|Dougherty]], [[Early County, Georgia|Early]], [[Echols County, Georgia|Echols]], [[Effingham County, Georgia|Effingham]], [[Emanuel County, Georgia|Emanuel]], [[Evans County, Georgia|Evans]], [[Glascock County, Georgia|Glascock]], [[Glynn County, Georgia|Glynn]], [[Grady County, Georgia|Grady]], [[Harris County, Georgia|Harris]], [[Houston County, Georgia|Houston]], [[Irwin County, Georgia|Irwin]], [[Jeff Davis County, Georgia|Jeff Davis]], [[Jefferson County, Georgia|Jefferson]], [[Jones County, Georgia|Jones]], [[Lanier County, Georgia|Lanier]], [[Lee County, Georgia|Lee]], [[Liberty County, Georgia|Liberty]], [[Long County, Georgia|Long]], [[Lowndes County, Georgia|Lowndes]], [[Macon County, Georgia|Macon]], [[McIntosh County, Georgia|McIntosh]], [[Miller County, Georgia|Miller]], [[Mitchell County, Georgia|Mitchell]], [[Montgomery County, Georgia|Montgomery]], [[Muscogee County, Georgia|Muscogee]], [[Peach County, Georgia|Peach]], [[Pierce County, Georgia|Pierce]], [[Pulaski County, Georgia|Pulaski]], [[Quitman County, Georgia|Quitman]], [[Randolph County, Georgia|Randolph]], [[Richmond County, Georgia|Richmond]], [[Screven County, Georgia|Screven]], [[Seminole County, Georgia|Seminole]], [[Stewart County, Georgia|Stewart]], [[Sumter County, Georgia|Sumter]], [[Talbot County, Georgia|Talbot]], [[Tattnall County, Georgia|Tattnall]], [[Taylor County, Georgia|Taylor]], [[Telfair County, Georgia|Telfair]], [[Thomas County, Georgia|Thomas]], [[Tift County, Georgia|Tift]], [[Toombs County, Georgia|Toombs]], [[Treutlen County, Georgia|Treutlen]], [[Turner County, Georgia|Turner]], [[Twiggs County, Georgia|Twiggs]], [[Ware County, Georgia|Ware]], [[Wayne County, Georgia|Wayne]], [[Webster County, Georgia|Webster]], [[Wheeler County, Georgia|Wheeler]], [[Wilcox County, Georgia|Wilcox]] and [[Worth County, Georgia|Worth]].<ref name="rome" />
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== References  ==
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found in:'''
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[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Georgia_Births_and_Christenings_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Georgia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)<br>]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Georgia_Births_and_Christenings_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 <references />]
  
Archdiocese of Savannah<br>P.O. Box 8789<br>Savannah, GA 31412 <br>Internet: http://www.diosav.org/
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{{Georgia|Georgia}}
  
 
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United States   Gotoarrow.png  Georgia   Gotoarrow.png  Church Records

Introduction

In the colonial period, the Church of England, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Moravian churches were the largest religous groups in Georgia. After 1900 the largest religious groups were the Baptists and Methodists.[1]

The largest collection of Georgia church records can be found at the Georgia State Archives. The archives borrowed pre-1940 church records from many local congregations and preserved them on microfilm. The collection is continually growing but is not complete.

The Family History Library has some Georgia church records, including records for Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations. Most are from the Georgia State Archives. You may also want to use the library's histories of the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and others.

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.

Baptist

Georgia Baptist Historical Collection
Eugene W. Stetson Memorial Library
Mercer University
Macon, Ga 31207

The Family History Library has microfilmed some research materials at Mercer University. For example, FHL 204489 includes ten histories of various Baptist associations. There are also histories and inventories such as the following:

Church of England (Anglican, Protestant Episcopal)

If your ancestor was a minister in Colonial Georgia, see:

  • Frederick Lewis Weis's The Colonial Clergy of Maryland, Delaware, and Georgia, is an alphabetical listing of the clergy in Delaware from 1638-1776, and includes names, dates, and places. A copy of the book is located in the FHL Collection. For a copy nearest you, check WorldCat.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Georgia Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. FHL Fiche 6031507 (2 fiche); Book 979.2258 A3j. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Methodist

United Methodist Museum
P.O. Box 24081
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: (912) 638-4050
Fax: (912) 638-9050
E-mail Address: methmuse@bellsouth.net

For a history of the Methodist Church, see:

Moravian

The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

Mission records are also available through FHL Collection. The records are indexed in Index to the records of the Moravian Mission among the Indians of North America by Carl John Fliegel. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 970.1 F642i, 4 vol.

Roman Catholic

Office of Archives and Records
Archdiocese of Atlanta
680 W. Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308-1984
Phone: (404) 978-2772
Fax: (404) 885-7462

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Madison, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Taliaferro, Towns, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, White, Whitfield and Wilkes.[2]

Archivist, Catholic Diocese of Savannah
601 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 201-4070

The diocese includes the counties of: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bulloch, Burke, Bryan, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Columbia, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jones, Lanier, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Ware, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox and Worth.[2]

References

A wiki article describing an online collection is found in:

Georgia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.