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Coffee County was created on February 9, 1854 from Clinch County, Irwin County, Telfair County, and Ware County (portions of Coffee County were used to create Berrien County (1856), Jeff Davis County (1905), and Atkinson County (1917) ). The county was named in honor of General John E. Coffee (1782 - 1836), a hero of the War of 1812.
Counties adjacent to Coffee County are Telfair County (north), Jeff Davis County (northeast), Bacon County (east), Ware County, Atkinson County (south), Berrien County (southwest), Irwin County (west), Ben Hill County (west).
Coffee County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Coffee County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Coffee County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Coffee County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Coffee 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.
A list of Coffee County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Coffee 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 Coffee 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.
The following county facts denotes the earliest date and what birth, marriage, death, land, wills, and legal records will be in Coffee County.
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Coffee 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 Coffee County genealogy or family history related sites.