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

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Online Records

Sumter County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded 26 December, 1831
County Seat Americus
Address Sumter County Courthouse
PO Box 295
Americus, GA 31709-0295
Phone: 912.924.3090 
Sumter County Website

County Courthouse

Sumter County Courthouse
PO Box 295
Americus, GA 31709-0295
Phone: 912.924.3090 

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records;
Probate Court has marriage and probate records; Clerk Superior
Court has divorce, court and land records from 1831[1]


Parent County

1831--Sumter County was created 26 December 1831 from Lee County. County seat:  Americus [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Mount Zion Church

  • 1797, 1828-1880 - Mount Zion Church Baptism Index 1797, 1828-1880. Batch C713731 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1836-1956 - Mount Zion Church Marriage Index 1836-1956. Batch M713731 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



Local Histories



Civil War
  • Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Clavreul, H. Diary of Rev. H. Clavreul: With the Names of Dying Federal Soldiers to Whom He Ministered at Andersonville, Ga. July and August, 1864. Waterbury, Conn.: Connecticut Association of Ex-prisoners of War, 1910. Digital version at Ancestry ($).



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).


Vital Records

  • 1832-1857 - Sumter County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1832-1857. Batch M713741 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1833-1850 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1833-1850 Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1849-1850 - Sumter County Marriage Book A2 Index 1849-1850. Batch M713746 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1857-1872 - Sumter County Marriage Books 4 and 5 Index 1857-1872. Batch M713742 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-1895 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M713743 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-1902 - Sumter County Marriage Books 6 and 10 Index 1869-1902. Batch M734757 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1888 - Sumter County Marriage Books 7 and 8 Index 1874-1888. Batch M713744 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1886 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1888-1895 - Sumter County Marriage Book 9 Index 1888-1895. Batch M713745 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), Sumter County, Georgia. Page 160 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 3.8 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.