Jackson County Resources

Jackson County Historic Archives and Welcome Cemter

This facility, located at 85 Washington Street, Jefferson, GA 30549, houses mortgage records, tax digests dating back to 1797, Civil Court dockets, individual court files, Superior Court minutes, family histories, and much more. It is also the home of the Jackson County Historical Society.


Jackson County Clerk of Courts
5000 Jackson Parkway
Jefferson, GA 30549
(706) 387-6255

Jackson County Historical Society
PO Box 1234
Commerce, GA 30529

East Georgia Genealogical Society
PO Box 117
Winder, GA 30680

Georgia Department of Archives and History
5800 Jonesboro Road Morrow, GA 30260 678-364-3700 (404) 657-8427 (fax)

Georgia State Office of Vital Records
Georgia Dept of Human Resources
2600 Skyland Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
(404) 679-4702
(404) 524-4278 (fax)

Northeast Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 907643
Gainesville, GA 30501


If anyone has additional information on the availability of any books listed here, or knows of additional books useful to Jackson County researchers, please e-mail me.


  • Cemetery Database of Jackson County, Georgia(CD), by Don Sailors. Currently available from the East Georgia Genealogical Society
  • Inventory of Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville, Banks/Jackson counties, Georgia: Correct as of September 30, 2001 by William Todd Dorsey, © 2001 Dorsey
  • Jackson County, Georgia Cemeteries by James A. Mathis, © 1980 Heritage Papers
  • Jackson County, Georgia records: Land lottery eligibles, 1798 tax digest, cemeteries by Mary Bondurant Warren, © 2003
  • Jackson County, Georgia, Tombstones by Jeannette Holland Austin, © 2001 Willow Bend Books

Census Records:

  • 1850 census of Georgia (Jackson County): (over 6,800 free citizens) by Rhea Cumming Otto, © 1992 R. H. Otto
  • The 1850 Census of Jackson County, Georgia by Terri B. Boyd, © 1983 T. B. Boyd
  • The 1860 Census of Jackson County, Georgia by Terri B. Boyd, © 1984 T. B. Boyd

Court Records:

  • Jackson County, Georgia Early Court Records, 1796-1831 by Faye S. Poss, © 1994 Wolfe Publishing, available here
  • Jackson County, Georgia Superior Court records, 1796-1803 by Teresa Wilson Dunn, © 1994 WH Wolfe Assoc.
  • Minutes of Jackson Circuit, Jackson, Georgia, 1846-1871 by Harold Lawrence, © 1997 Boyd Pub. Co.

Estates and Wills:

  • Index to miscellaneous estates book, 1796-1813, Jackson County, Georgia: Georgia Department of Archives & History (Georgia genealogical sources) by MariLee Beatty Hageness, © 1995 M. B. Hageness
  • Jackson County, Georgia will abstracts, books A & B, 1803-1888 by Faye Stone Poss, © 1995 F. S. Poss, , available here
  • Will book A, 1803-1860, Jackson County, Georgia,: Arranged alphabetically by surname of testator or testatrix (Georgia genealogical sources) by MariLee Beatty Hageness, © 1994


  • The Dalton’s and connecting families: North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia: Gwinnett County, Jackson County, Walton County, Madison County, Oglethorpe County by Clarence Thomas Dalton, © 1982 C. T. Dalton
  • The Holliday Family of Jackson County, Georgia by John W. Holliday, © 1986 J. W. Holliday
  • Mcneals of Hall, Jackson, and Jeff Davis Counties in Georgia: Research, Indexes, Charts, and Records on 500 Mcneal Families by Howard F. Mcneal
  • William Richey Segars of Jackson County, now Barrow County, Georgia, and his descendants from 1800 by J. H. Segars, © 1989


  • The Early History of Maysville, Georgia: Presented to Jackson County Historical Society by Richard J. Chambers, © 1986
  • Georgia blood: A reprint of The early history of Jackson County, Georgia by Gustavus James Nash Wilson, © 1997 Bicknell
  • Gone to Georgia: Jackson and Gwinnett counties and their neighbors in the Western migration by William C. Stewart, © 1979 National Genealogical Society
  • History of the people of Mars Hill Baptist Church & community: 1799-1999: founded June 1, 1799 in Jackson County, then in Clarke County, and now in Oconee County, Georgia by Amy Warren Sanders, © 1999 Family Puzzlers, the Next Generation
  • Index for Historical notes on Jackson County, Georgia by Frary Elrod by Marie L. DeLay, © 1988 M. L. DeLay
  • Our Time and Place: A History of Jackson County Georgia by Angela Gary, © 2000 MainStreet Newspapers
  • The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 by Steven Hahn

Land Records:

  • Jackson County, Georgia deed abstracts, books A-D, 1796-1808 by Faye Stone Poss, © 1998 F. S. Poss, available here
  • Jackson County, Georgia deed abstracts, Books E-G, 1808-1822 by Faye Stone Poss, © 2000 F. S. Poss, available here
  • Jackson County, Georgia records: Land lottery eligibles, 1798 tax digest, cemeteries by Mary Bondurant Warren, © 2003


  • These Men Wore Grey, Volume VII, Jackson County, Georgia, by Karen T. Ledford. More information and order form available here
  • Cobb’s Legion Cavalry: A History and Roster of the Ninth Georgia Volunteers in the Civil War, by Harriet Bey Mesic. Company B (later redesignated Company H) included many men from Jackson County.
  • Indigent civil war veterans, 1898 & 1902: Invalid civil war veterans, 1902, indigent civil war widows, 1902, registered in Jackson county, Georgia by Belinda E. Savadge, © 1999 Genealogy Bin



  • Jackson County, GA, Newspaper Clippings, The Forest News, Jun 1875 to Jan 1881, by Faye Stone Poss, available here
  • Jackson County, GA, Newspaper Clippings, Jackson Herald, Feb 1881 to Dec 1882, by Faye Stone Poss, available here
  • Jackson County, GA, Newspaper Clippings, Jackson Herald, 1883-1885, by Faye Stone Poss, available here

Tax Records:

  • 1797-1802 Tax Digest Jackson County, Georgia by Belinda E. Savadge, © 2000 Genealogy Bin
  • Jackson County, Georgia records: Land lottery eligibles, 1798 tax digest, cemeteries by Mary Bondurant Warren, © 2003

Vital Records:

  • Jackson County, Georgia Marriage Records, 1806-1850 by Frances Terry Ingmire, © 1985 F. T. Ingmire
  • Jackson County, Georgia marriage records, 1805-1910 by Patricia Freeman Hardin, © 2003 East Georgia Genealogical Society. Currently available from the East Georgia Genealogical Society
Google Books

Digital copies of books, many in the public domain. I strongly recommend using the Advanced Search, which I have linked to here. Here are some I’ve found related to or containing information about Jackson County:

    • An Insight into an Insane Asylum, by Rev. Joseph Camp (my personal favorite so far)
    • The Early History of Jackson County Georgia, by G. J. N. Wilson
    • Men and Things, by Hiram P. Bell
    • Men of Mark in Georgia, edited by William Northen
    • A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians, by Lucian Lamar Knight
    • Historical Collections of Georgia, by Rev. George White
    • Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, edited by Allen D. Candler and Clement A. Evans

There are also a number of general reference works that are extremely useful to genealogists, such as 19th century gazetteers.

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  • Athens Historic Newspapers Archive This is a searchable archive of images of Athens newspapers from 1827 to 1922. Many legal notices from Jackson County were published here, as well as other material about Jackson County residents.
  • Main Street News (The Jackson Herald, The Commerce News, The Banks County News, The Madison County Journal