Oconee County, Georgia
Genealogy and Facts
Oconee County, Georgia genealogy and family tree research page. Discover links to record collections, history, and genealogy sources to assist you to you track your personal Oconee Co. ancestors. Get started by building a Free Family Tree.
Oconee County was created on February 25, 1875 from Clarke County. The county was named in honor of Oconee River, which forms its eastern boundary.
The Oconee County Seat is located in Watkinsville and in the current county government website is www.oconeecounty.com/.
Counties adjacent to Oconee County are Clarke County (north), Oglethorpe County (
east), Greene County (south), Morgan County (south), Walton County (west), Barrow County (northwest)
Oconee County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Oconee County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Oconee County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Oconee 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.
Oconee County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Oconee County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
- Georgia State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Oconee County Historical Society, PO Box 1514; Watkinsville, GA 30677-0030; (706) 546-1850
- Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 6403, Athens, GA 30604
- East Georgia Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 117, Winder, GA 30680
- Oconee County, Georgia Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Oconee County
- Oconee County, Georgia Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Oconee County
Oconee County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Oconee 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 Oconee 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 Oconee County.
- Oconee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Oconee 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: 706-769-3940
- Land Records: 1875
- Court Records: 1875
- Oconee 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: 706-769-3936
- Marriage Records: 1875
- Probate Records: 1875
- Georgia Department of Health 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.
Oconee County Genealogy Links
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Oconee 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 Oconee County genealogy or family history related sites.
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