31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 29

31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 29

I’m taking Amy Crow’s challenge for 31 Days to Better Genealogy and blog Amy’s questions, with my answers; I plan to make one blog post, adding daily. Hopefully by the end of the 31 days, I will learn how to better solve some of my genealogy questions. If you haven’t signed up yet, just click on the link below… never too late to catch up!

31 Days to Better Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow gives you practical steps to make your research more productive. Whether you are just beginning to climb your family tree or have been doing this for years, you can adapt the tips and methods in 31 Days to Better Genealogy to suit your needs.


Day 29: Compile a Survey of the Area

I hope Amy is sending her office fairy today as it seems she wants me to do a little housekeeping… but searching records is a little more fun than dusting and mopping. I think I can handle this… while learning new information.

Creating a “cheat sheet” for the area I’m researching sounds like a good idea and probably will save me time in the long run. My problem is, I never seem to take the time to do that…but today will be the day.

My To Do: Compile a short research guide for a county I research. Include year county was formed, the parent county or counties, dates they began keeping records, and any issues of destruction of records. Check sites like Ancestry, FamilySearch and the Wiki of each county. I decided to compare the three counties I mainly search – possibly adding more at another date.

Georgia began keeping statewide registration of birth and death records in 1919, and by 1929 all states complied with the recording of both. In Georgia, I mainly search counties of Greene, Hancock, Taliaferro, Lumpkin, Houston, Habersham, Franklin, Hall, Jackson, Putnam and Fannin.

Greene County, Georgia


Greene County was created on February 3, 1786 from parent county – Washington; it was named from American Revolutionary War major general Nathanael Greene. The town of Greensboro is the county seat.


  • Probate Court: marriage – 1805 / death / probate records – 1785
  • Superior Court: divorce records from 1790
  • Court & Land Records: land records from 1785
  • County Health Dept: birth records from 1927
  • Greene Co. Record Loss: in 1787 Creek Indians burned the town of Greensboro and the courthouse; some records were saved


Hancock County, Georgia


Hancock County was formed in 1793 from parent counties Greene and Washington – Sparta is the county seat. The courthouse burned in 2014 and rebuilt in 2016; records not previously micro-filmed, were lost.


Hancock County, Georgia


Lumpkin County, Georgia


Lumpkin County was formed in 1832 from parent counties – Cherokee, Habersham and Hall; the county seat is Dahlonega.



Lumpkin County, Georgia


Georgia Counties I Research

  • Houston County: from Creek Cessions of 1821
  • Jackson County: from Franklin County in 1796
  • Lee County: from Creek Cessions of 1826
  • Taliaferro County: from Greene, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Warren & Wilkes in 1825
  • Habersham County: from Cherokee Cessions 1817-1819
  • Putnam County: from Baldwin County in 1807
  • Lumpkin County: from Cherokee, Habersham & Hall in 1832
  • Greene County: from Washington in 1786
  • Hancock County: from Greene & Washington in 1817-1819
  • Houston County: from Creek Cessions of 1821

Surnames researched: Bryan, McKinley, Askew, Sharp, Meadows, Mapp, Turner, Lancaster, Hillsman, Cain, Free, Gooch, Grizzle, Beatty, Fortner, Little, Wilson, Oasswald, Barnes, Nottingham, Hinde, Bennett, Connell, Owsley, Davis, Gerald, Goode, Kittrel, Bentley, Hines, Collins, Hart, Rogers, and Head.


Burned Courthouses in Georgia






Virginia required county officials to record births and deaths from 1853 to 1896; but from 1896 until 14 June 1912 – they did not. Health departments in some cities recorded them during that time. Statewide registrations of vital statistics began formally in 1912.

North Carolina

The earliest birth records found recorded in North Carolina were in 1659, statewide was 1913 and by 1920 they all were required to comply. The earliest marriages were recorded from 1659, statewide was 1868; all complied by 1868. The earliest deaths recorded was 1911, statewide by 1913 and general compliance by 1920.

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1 Response to 31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 29

  1. Lyn Smith says:

    Another great job. I know I have some of these records somewhere and when I dig them out, I will compare to what you have that is part of our joint line.
    One note, though, look at Paulding County under Burned Courthouses, part is missing.


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