Georgia Church Records
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in 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.
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.
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
Georgia Baptist Historical Collection
Eugene W. Stetson Memorial Library
Macon, Ga 31207
The Family History Library has microfilmed some research materials at Mercer University. For example, Family History Library microfilm 204489 includes ten histories of various Baptist associations. There are also histories and inventories such as the following:
- Inventory of the 'Church Archives of Georgia: Atlanta Association of Baptist Churches'''
- Campbell, Jesse H. Georgia Baptists: Historical and Biographical. Macon, Georgia: J.W. Burke & Company, 1874. (Family History Library book 975.8 K2c; microfilm 1033617 item 3; 1847 edition on microfilm 206288 item 2.)
- History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia: J.P. Harrison & Company, 1881. (Family History Library microfilm 896565.)
United Methodist Museum
P.O. Box 24081
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 975.8 K2L).
Archdiocese of Atlanta
680 W. Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Archdiocese of Savannah
P.O. Box 8789
Savannah, GA 31412