Chatham County, Georgia
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Chatham County, Georgia Facts
When was Chatham County, GA Created?
Chatham County was established on February 5, 1777 from Christ Church and St Philip Parishes. The county was named in honor of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708 - 78), British Prime Minister sympathetic to the Revolutionary cause.
What is the County Seat of Chatham County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Savannah and in the current county government website is www.chathamcounty.org/.
What counties are adjacent to Chatham County, GA?
Bordering Counties are Jasper County, SC (northeast), Bryan County (west), Effingham County.
Chatham County, GA Vital Records
Where can find Chatham County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Chatham 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 Chatham County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Chatham Co. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.
The Chatham 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.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Georgia Marriage Project
- Georgia, Births and Christenings, 1754-1960
- Marriage Records from Microfilm
- Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944
- Georgia Marriages to 1850
- Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900
- Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967
- Georgia Death Certificates, 1919-1927
- Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930
- Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927
- Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930
- Georgia, Death Index, 1933-1998
- Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
- Georgia, Deaths Index, 1914-1927
Chatham County, GA Census Records
What Chatham County, GA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Chatham County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790 (missing), 1800 (missing), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Chatham County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Chatham County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Chatham County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Chatham County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.
You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Georgia Census Records Research Guide
Chatham County, GA Courthouse and Government Records
Chatham County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Chatham County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Chatham County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Georgia Corthouse Records Research Guide.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- Chatham County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Chatham 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: (912) 652-7224
- Land Records: 1785
- Court Records: 1783
- Chatham 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: (912) 652-7265
- Marriage Records: 1806
- Probate Records: 1777
- Savannah, Georgia, Southeast Coastwise Inward and Outward Slave Manifests, 1790 -1860
- Chatham County Deed Books
- Georgia Land Lotteries of 1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827, 1832, 1832 (Gold), 1833.
- County Tax Digests
- County Records Microfilm Index
- Inventory of the county archives of Georgia
- BLM Land Records
Chatham County, GA Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Chatham County, GA?
A list of Chatham County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies.
- Bonaventure Historical Society, PO Box 5954; Savannah, GA 31414-5954; (912) 233-8121
- Coastal Heritage Society, 303 MLK Jr Blvd; Savannah, GA 31401-4217; (912) 651-6850.
- Coastal Museums Association; PO Box 1073; Savannah, GA 31402l
- Coastal Scottish Heritage Society, PO Box 31093 ; Savannah , GA 31410-8193 ; (912) 356-0491.
- Fort Pulaski National Monument, PO Box 30757; Savannah, GA 31410-0757; (912) 786-5787.
- Historic Savannah Foundation, PO Box 1733; Savannah, GA 31402-1733; (912) 233-7787
- Savannah Area Genealogical Association, PO Box 15385 ; Savannah , GA 31416-2085
- SCAD Department of Architectural History, PO Box 3146 ; Savannah , GA 31402-3146
Society for the Preservation of Laurel Grove, PO Box 10315; Savannah, GA 31412-0515; Hugh A. Bauer; (912) 231-8166.
- Thunderbolt Museum Society, 2702 Mechanics Ave ;Savannah ,GA 31401-4599 ;(912) 354-8913.
- Tybee Island Historical Society, PO Box 366 ; Tybee Island , GA 31328-0366 ; Cullen Chambers.
- Savannah Diocesan Archives, 601 E Liberty St; Savannah, GA 31401-5196; Gillian Brown; (912) 201-4070.
- Savannah Jewish Federation, PO Box 23527 ; Savannah , GA 31403-3527 ; Sharon Paz; (912) 355-8111.
- Georgia State Archives – 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260; 678.364.3700
- Georgia Historical Society, 501 Whitaker Street, Savannah, GA 31401
- Georgia Genealogical Society , P.O. Box 54574, Atlanta, Georgia 30308-0575
Where can I connect with other Chatham County, GA Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Chatham County, GA?
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Chatham 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.
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