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Guide to Echols County, Georgia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Statenville
Organized: December 13, 1858
Parent County(s): Clinch, Lowndes[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clinch  • Columbia (FL)  • Hamilton (FL)  • Lanier  • Lowndes
See County Maps
Echols County Courthouse Statenville, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Echols County Map.png

County Information


The County was named for Robert Milner Echols. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Echols County Courthouse
PO Box 190
Statenville, GA 31648-0190
Phone: 229-559-5642
Echols County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records.[3]

Echols County, Georgia Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1898 1919 1898 1897 1897 1820
*Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss

1897 The courthouse at Statenville burned 31 December 1897. Most county records were lost.[5]

Surviving records include Deed Books B, and E, and some wills from 1875.[5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1858 Echols County was created 13 December 1858 from Clinch and Lowndes Counties.
  • County seat: Statenville[6]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Mayday
  • Pineland
  • Tarver
Census-designated places

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Echols, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Echols County cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,491
1870 1,978 32.7%
1880 2,553 29.1%
1890 3,079 20.6%
1900 3,209 4.2%
1910 3,309 3.1%
1920 3,313 0.1%
1930 2,744 −17.2%
1940 2,964 8.0%
1950 2,494 −15.9%
1960 1,876 −24.8%
1970 1,924 2.6%
1980 2,297 19.4%
1990 2,334 1.6%
2000 3,754 60.8%
2010 4,034 7.5%
Source: "".

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Echols County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

Lanier CountyLowndes CountyClinch CountyColumbia CountyHamilton CountyGA ECHOLS.PNG
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for more resources


Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Echols County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Echols County:

- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company G

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records

Voting Records


Probate Records

Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

Online Probate Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia.





Voter Records

Research Facilities


Listed below are archives in Echols County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries


Listed below are libraries in Echols County. For state-wide library facilities, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.



Listed below are societies in Echols County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Georgia Societies.

  • Echols County Historical Society
    131 Tillman Ln
    Statenville, GA 31648
    Phone: 229-247-6249


Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Echols County, Georgia" in,_Georgia accessed 31 Oct 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Echols County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 29. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Echols County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 Febuary 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at