Monroe County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Monroe County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Georgia
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Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded May 15, 1827
County Seat Forsyth
Address Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029-0189
Phone: 912.994.7000 
Monroe County Website

County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029-0189
Phone: 912.994.7000 

Probate Court has marriage, probate records from 1824,
birth records from 1927 and death records from 1940;
Clerk Superior Court has court and land records from
1821 and divorce records[1]


Parent County

1821--Monroe County was created 15 May 1827 from Creek Indian Lands.  County seat: Forsyth [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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 Monroe 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.



Marriages 1824-1850 Georgia Pioneers ($)

Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886 Georgia Pioneers ($)



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Monroe 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).


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.

  • 1881-1886 - Monroe County Birth Book E Index 1881-1886. Batch C713383 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1824-1875 - Monroe County Marriage Books A, B, and B2 Index 1824-1875. Batch M713381 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1872-1881 - Monroe County Marriage Books C and D Index 1872-1881. Batch M713382 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1886 - Monroe County Marriage Book E Index 1881-1886. Batch M713383 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1886-1893 - Monroe County Marriage Book F Index 1886-1893. Batch M713384 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1893-1895 - Monroe County Marriage Book G Index 1893-1895. Batch M713385 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), Monroe County, Georgia. Page 158 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at