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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

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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce 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.

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.

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.

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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