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Wilkes County, Georgia
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Wilkes County, Georgia Facts

When was Wilkes County, GA Created?
Wilkes County was established on February 25, 1784 from Cherokee and Creek Cessions of 1773 (portions of from Wilkes County to form Elbert County in 1790, Oglethorpe County in 1793, and Lincoln County in 1796, and to help form Warren County in 1793 and Taliaferro County in 1825).

The county was named in honor of John Wilkes (1727 - 97), a British Member of Parliament who sympathized with the cause of American independence.

What is the County Seat of Wilkes County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Washington and in the current county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Wilkes County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  Elbert County (north), Lincoln County (east), McDuffie County (southeast), Warren County (south), Taliaferro County (southwest), Oglethorpe County (west)

Wilkes County, GA Vital Records

Where can find Wilkes County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Wilkes 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 Wilkes County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Wilkes Co. Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Wilkes 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.

Wilkes County, GA Census Records

What Wilkes County, GA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Wilkes 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.

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

Wilkes County, GA Courthouse and Government Records

Wilkes County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Wilkes County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Wilkes County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Georgia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Wilkes County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Wilkes County, GA?
A list of Wilkes County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Wilkes County, GA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Wilkes County, GA?
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Wilkes 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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