Georgia Church Records

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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.

Baptist

Georgia Baptist Historical Collection
Eugene W. Stetson Memorial Library
Mercer University
Macon, Ga 31207
Internet: http://www.sbhla.org/links.htm

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.)

Methodist

United Methodist Museum
P.O. Box 24081
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Telephone: 912-638-4050
FAX: 912-638-9050
E-mail Address: methmuse@bellsouth.net
Internet: http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.2901109/k.12B1/Researching_Your_United_Methodist_Ancestors.htm

  • 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).

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 in the FHL Collection. The records are indexed in the FHL CollectionBook 970.1 F642i.

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

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