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Berrien County, Georgia

Berrien County was created on February 25, 1856 from Lowndes County, Irwin County and Coffee County (portions or Berrien County were used to form Cook County (1918), Tift County (1905) and Lanier County (1920) ). The county was named in honor of John MacPherson Berrien (1781 - 1856), a U.S. Senator and the U.S. Attorney General.

The Berrien County Seat is located in Nashville and in the current county government website is

Counties adjacent to Berrien County are  Irwin County (north), Coffee County (northeast), Atkinson County ( east), Lanier County, Lowndes County (south), Cook County (west), Tift County (northwest)

Berrien County vital records can be found at the Georgia Department of Health which 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.

You can search online for Appling County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Appling Co. Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

Appling County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Berrien County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Berrien County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Berrien County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Berrien 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.

Berrien County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Berrien County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Berrien County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Berrien 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 Berrien 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 Berrien County.

  • Berrien County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Berrien 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.
    • Address: 201 N North Davis St., Nashville, GA 31639
    • Phone: (229) 686-5421
    • Land Records: 1850
    • Court Records: 1856
  • Berrien 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.
    • Address: 205 North Jefferson Street, Nashville, Georgia 31639
    • Phone: (229) 686-5213
    • Marriage Records: 1856 
    • Probate Records: 1855
  • The Berrien County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait. Contact the Clerk of Superior Court for Divorce Records and the Probate Judge for Marriage Records.

Berrien County Genealogy Links

The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Berrien 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 Berrien County genealogy or family history related sites.

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