Emanuel County, Georgia

Emanuel County was created on December 10, 1812 from Bulloch County and Montgomery County (portions of Emanuel County were used to create the following counties: Johnson (1858), Jenkins and Toombs (1905), Candler (1914), and Treutlen (1918)). The county was named in honor of Colonel David Emanuel (1744 - 1808), who became the governor of Georgia in 1801.

The Emanuel County Seat is located in Swainsboro and in the current county government website is ?.

Counties adjacent to Emanuel County are  Jefferson County (north), Jenkins County (northeast), Burke County ( northeast), Candler County (east), Tattnall County (south), Bulloch County (south), Montgomery County (south), Toombs County (south), Laurens County (southwest), Johnson County (west), Treutlen County (west).

Emanuel County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Emanuel County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Emanuel County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Emanuel County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Emanuel 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.

Emanuel County Society and Family History Resources

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

Emanuel County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Emanuel 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 Emanuel 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 Emanuel County.

  • Emanuel County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Emanuel 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:  (478) 237-8911
    • Land Records: 1812
    • Court Records: 1810
  • Emanuel 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: 478-237-7091
    • Marriage Records: 1812
    • Probate Records: 1812
  • The Emanuel 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.

Emanuel County Genealogy Links

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

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