Ware County, Georgia
Genealogy and Facts

Ware County was created on December 15, 1824 from Appling County (portions of Ware County were used to create the following counties: Clinch in 1850, Coffee in 1854, Pierce in 1857, and Bacon in 1914).

The county was named in honor of Nicholas Ware (1769 - 1824), a U.S. Senator (1821 - 24).

The Ware County Seat is located in Waycross and in the current county government website is www.warecounty.com/.

Counties adjacent to Ware County are  Bacon County (north), Pierce County (east), Brantley County ( east), Charlton County (south), Baker County, FL (south), Atkinson County (west), Clinch County (west), Coffee County (northwest)

Ware 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 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Ware County Society and Family History Resources

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

Ware County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Ware 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 Ware 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 Ware County. The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1873, all records were destroyed.

  • Ware County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Ware 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: 912-287-4340
    • Land Records: 1874
    • Court Records: 1874
  • Ware 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) 287-4315
    • Marriage Records: 1874 
    • Probate Records: 1879
  • The Ware 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.

Ware County Genealogy Links

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

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