Baldwin County, Georgia Facts
Baldwin County was created on June 27, 1806 from Creek cessions of 1802 and 1805. (baldwin County lost area to Morgan County, Jones County, Putnam County, and Randolph County and gained land from Hancock County and Washington County). The county was named in honor of Abraham Baldwin (1754 - 1807), a Founding Father, a U.S. Senator (1799 - 1807), one of the Georgia delegates who signed the U.S. Constitution.
The Baldwin County Seat is located in Milledgeville and in the current county government website is www.baldwincountyga.com/.
Counties adjacent to Baldwin County are Putnam County (north), Hancock County (northeast), Washington County (
east), Wilkinson County (south), Jones County (west).
Baldwin County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Baldwin County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Baldwin County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Baldwin County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Baldwin County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.
You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.
Baldwin County Archives, Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Baldwin County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
- Georgia State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
Georgia Genealogial Society, Post Office Box 2024, Warner Robins, GA 31099
- Friends of Baldwin County Cemeteries, Inc., 3690 Sussex Dr NE; Milledgeville, GA 31061-9337; (478) 452-9758.
- Georgia's Antebellum Capitol Society, PO Box 1177 ; Milledgeville , GA 31059-1177 ; (912) 452-3950.
- Old Governor's Mansion, 120 S Clark St; Milledgeville, GA 31061-3336; James Turner; (478) 445-4545.
- Baldwin County, Georgia Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Baldwin County
- Baldwin County, Georgia Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Baldwin County
Baldwin County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Baldwin County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of genealogy and family history.
The chances are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Baldwin County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
I highly recommend you speak to the clerk's department to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Many employees will guide men and women in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the person to do the basic research.
The following county facts denotes the earliest date and what birth, marriage, death, land, wills, and legal records will be in Baldwin County. A Fire destroyed the Courthouse in 1861, Destroying Court and Land records
- Baldwin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Baldwin County Clerk of Superior Court has jurisdiction over cases for title to land and equity, felony cases, adoptions, divorces, , child support and custody enforcement. The clerk also is tasked with recording deeds and maintaining the chain of title to all property in the county.
- Phone: (478) 445-6324
- Land Records: 1861
- Court Records: 1861
- Baldwin County Clerk of Probate Court responsibilities include legal proceedings forh Wills, Estates, Guardianships of minor children, Involuntary Committals Hearings, Issuance of Marriage License, ect.. The county probate judge's office is the office where the most valuable genealogical records are created and maintained in the state of Georgia.
- Phone: (478) 445-4807
- Marriage Records: 1806
- Probate Records: 1808
- Georgia Department of Health has copies for copies of birth and death records since Jan 1919, copies of marriage since June 9, 1952 to 1996 and a Divorce records index since June 9, 1952. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Georgia for current fees and application process.
Baldwin County Genealogy Links
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Baldwin County. These links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own most liked Baldwin County genealogy or family history related sites.
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