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Hancock County was created on December 17, 1793 from Greene County and Washington County (portion of Hancock County was used to help create Taliaferro County in 1825). The county was named in honor of John Hancock (1737 - 93), President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Counties adjacent to Hancock County are Taliaferro County (north), Warren County ( northeast), Glascock County (east), Washington County (southeast), Baldwin County (southwest), Putnam County (west), Greene County (northwest)
Hancock County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1800 (missing), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Hancock County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Hancock County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hancock County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hancock 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 Hancock 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 Hancock 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 Hancock 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 Hancock County.
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Hancock 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 Hancock County genealogy or family history related sites.