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The county is named after U.S. Senator [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon Nathaniel Macon] (1758-1837).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon "Nathaniel Macon"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
The county is named after U.S. Senator [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon Nathaniel Macon] (1758-1837).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon "Nathaniel Macon"], Wikipedia.</ref>  

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

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Online Records

Macon County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Macon County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1837
County Seat Oglethorpe
Address Macon County Courthouse
Sumter Street
PO Box 297
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: 912.471.7021
Macon County Website

County Courthouse

Macon County Courthouse
Sumter Street
PO Box 297
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone: 912.471.7021

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records; Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1857, birth and death records from 1927[1]

Beginning Dates for Macon County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



Parent County

Nathaniel Macon.JPG

The county is named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837).[2]

Parent County

1837--Macon County was created 14 December 1837 from Houston and Marion Counties.
County seat:  Oglethorpe [3]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1857. The courthouse at Oglethorpe burned 25 February 1857. Most county records were lost. A few probate records survived.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



Church Records

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Macon 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.

  • Butler, John C. Historical Record of Macon and Central Georgia, Containing Many Interesting and Valuable Reminiscences Connected with the Whole State, Including Numerous Incidents and Facts Never Before Published and of Great Historic Value. Macon, GA, USA: J. W. Burke, 1879. Digital version at Ancestry ($).



Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Macon County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Macon County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 10th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate),
- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 25th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 62nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) Companies C and K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other war's information is also given)



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


Probate Records

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).


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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

  • 1858-1880 - Macon County Marriage Books A and B Index 1858-1880. Batch M713251 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1879-1901 - Macon County Marriage Books C and D Index 1879-1901. Batch M713252 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Macon County, Georgia. Page 158 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Nathaniel Macon", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 41. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.