Burke County, Georgia Genealogy Guide

Burke County, Georgia (Map It) was created on February 5, 1777 as one of seven original parishes. Originally organized as St George Parish. Burke County lost land to Screven County (1793), Jefferson County (1796), and Jenkins County (1905), added area to Richmond County (1841).. Burke County was named in honor of Edmund Burke (1729 - 97), British political philosopher and Member of Parliament who was sympathetic to the cause of US independence. Learn More About State of Georgia History.

Burke County is bordered by  Richmond County (north), Aiken County, South Carolina (northeast), Barnwell County, South Carolina (east-northeast), Allendale County, South Carolina (east), Screven County, Jenkins County (south), Emanuel County (southwest), Jefferson County (west)

A Map of Burke County, Georgia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Burke County, Georgia Courthouse Records

Burke County, Georgia Courthouse
Burke County, GA Courthouse

The Burke County Courthouse is located in Waynesboro, Georgia. Learn More About State of Georgia Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Burke county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

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  • Burke County Clerk of Superior Court has Land Records from 1843 and Court Records from 1856. The 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. Be aware that Lands were given to Georgia citizens by lotteries for the years 1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827, 1832, 1832 (Gold), 1833.
  • Burke County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1855 and Probate Records from 1856.The 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.
  • Burke County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives.
  • Burke 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.

Burke County, Georgia Census Records

Burke County, Georgia Vital Records

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