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

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Online Records

Turner County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Turner County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded August 18, 1905
County Seat Ashburn
Address Turner County Courthouse
219 E College Avenue
Ashburn, GA 31714-1275
Phone: 229.567.2011 Turner County Website

County Courthouse

Turner County Courthouse
219 E College Avenue
Ashburn, GA 31714-1275
Phone: 229.567.2011

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1906
and land records; Probate Court has birth, marriage,death,
burial and probate records[1]


Parent County

1905--Turner County was created 18 August 1905 from Dooly, Irwin, Wilcox and Worth Counties.
County seat: Ashburn  [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Bethel Baptist Cemetary

Big Creek Cemetary

Clements Cemetary

Clements Chapel Cemetary

Dakota Cemetary

Family Cemetary

Harmony Cemetary

Henderson Cemetary

Hopewell Cemetary

Inaha Cemetary

Liberty Wesyelan Cemetary

Mary Henderson Cemetary

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetary

New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetary

New Prospect Free Will Baptist Church Cemetary

Oakgrove Baptist Church Cemetary

Pate Cemetary

Piney Grove Cemetary

Pleasant Hill Cemetary

Prospects Cemetary

Rainey Cemetary

Rocky Mount Cemetary

Rose Hill Cemetary

Ross Cemetary

Salem Baptist Church Cemetary

Snow Ridge Cemetary

Sycamore City Cemetary

Taylor Cemetary

Westview Memorial Gardens

Widdons Cemetary

Zion Hope Cemetary


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 Turner 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.

  • Pate, John Ben. History of Turner County. Atlanta, Ga.: Stein Print. Co., 1933. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




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

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Turner County, Georgia. Page 161 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).