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United States Gotoarrow.png Georgia Gotoarrow.png Hancock County

Guide to Hancock County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Hancock County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1793
County Seat Sparta
Address Hancock County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Sparta, GA 31087
Phone: 706.444.6644
Hancock County Website

County Courthouse

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927,
marriage records from 1805 and probate records;
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records
from 1919 and land records from 1794[1]


Parent County

1793--Hancock County was created 17 December 1793 from Greene and Washington Counties.
County seat: Sparta [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






  • [Jackson] Brandenberger, Evelyn Duke. "The Jacksons of Lower Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1986):163-169; Vol. 30, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1986):288-295; Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1987):11-18; Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1987):101-111; Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1987):195-204; Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1987):269-278; Vol. 32, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1988):49-57; Vol. 32, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1988):119-130; Vol. 32, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1988):185-192; Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988):259-263; Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1989):34-44; Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1989):135-143; Vol. 33, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1989):204-207; Vol. 33, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1989):295-304. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 30 (1986)-v. 33 (1989).


Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories





Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

  • Wills 1804-1814 (abstracts) Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Inventories, Annual Returns, Guardianships, Sales, Book G, 1811-1815 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Inventories, Annual Returns, Guardianships, Sales, Book H, 1811-1815 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Inventories, Annual Returns, Guardianships, Sales, Book I, 1815-1818 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Inventories, Annual Returns, Guardianships, Sales, Book J, 1818-1824 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Book L, 1820-1828 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Book M, 1823-1828 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
  • Index to Wills 1862-1881 Georgia Pioneers


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online..

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia.

  • 1863 - Hancock County Birth Index 1863. Batch C713011 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1806-1879 - Hancock County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1806-1879. Batch M713011 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-1876 - Hancock County Marriage Books 4 thru 6 Index 1869-1876. Batch M713012 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1880 - Hancock County Marriage Books 7 and 8 Index 1876-1880. Batch M713013 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1880-1882 - Hancock County Marriage Books 9 and 10 Index 1880-1882. Batch M713014 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1882-1886 - Hancock County Marriage Book 11 Index 1882-1886. Batch M713015 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1886-1891 - Hancock County Marriage Book 12 Index 1886-1891. Batch M713016 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1891-1900 - Hancock County Marriage Book 13 Index 1891-1900. Batch M713017 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Hancock County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, Georgia. Page 156 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.