Houston County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Houston County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Houston County
Location in the state of [[Georgia]]
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded May 15, 1821
County Seat Perry
Address Houston County Courthouse
20 Carl Vinson Parkway
Perry, GA 31088-5808
Phone: 478.542.2105
Houston County Website
[[Category:Georgia Counties]]

County Courthouse

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927,
marriage records from 1833 and probate records from
1827; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land
records from from 1822[1]


Parent County

1821--Houston County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat:  Perry [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




  • Jeffery, Alice, ed. Houston County, Georgia Census, 1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.



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

Local histories are available for Houston County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.





Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Houston County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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).

  • 1827-1855 Images of Houston County, Georgia Wills 1827 to 1855 at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1827-1896 Indexes to Houston County, Georgia Will Books A (1827-1855) and B (1855-1896) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1824-1833 Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book A, 1824-1833 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1833-1848 Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book B, 1833-1848 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1847-1851, Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book C, 1847-1851 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1852-1853, Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book D, 1852-1853 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1853-1854, Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book E, 1853-1854  Georgia Pioneers
  • 1854-1855, Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book F, 1854-1855 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.

  • 1826-1852 Jefferey, Alice. Georgia Marriage Records, Houston, Muscogee, Talbot Counties. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1864-1895 - Houston County Marriage Index 1864-1895. Batch M713071 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston 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. 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.