Clarke County, Georgia Genealogy Guide

Clarke County, Georgia (Map It) was created on December 5, 1801(Unified on January 14, 1991) from Jackson County. Portions of Clarke County were used to create Madison County (1811) and Oconee County (1875). Clarke County was named in honor of Elijah Clarke (1733 - 99), a Revolutionary War hero. Learn More About State of Georgia History.

Clarke County is bordered by  Madison County (northeast), Oglethorpe County (east)/southeast, Oconee County (south/southwest), Barrow County (west), Jackson County (northwest).

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

Clarke County, Georgia Courthouse Records

Clarke County, Georgia Courthouse
Clarke County, GA Courthouse

The Clarke County Courthouse is located in Athens, 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 Clarke 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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  • Clarke County Clerk of Superior Court has Land Records from 1801 and Court Records from 1801. 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.
  • Clarke County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1801 and Probate Records from 1801.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.
  • Clarke County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives.
  • Clarke 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.

Clarke County, Georgia Census Records

Clarke County, Georgia Vital Records

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