Georgia Archives

University System of Georgia

Vital Records

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in Georgia in 1919. Records before that date are generally not available. For more information about birth and death records in Georgia, see:

Birth Records

Death Records

Marriage Records

Beginning in 1805, Georgia law required marriages to be recorded in the Court of Ordinary, now known as the Probate Court. Generally, marriages are recorded in the county of residence of the bride.

Marriage records for most Georgia counties (except where records were destroyed by fire or other courthouse disaster) are available on microfilm at the Georgia Archives. Many marriage records are available in the Marriage Records on Microfilm Collection in the Virtual Vault.

With few exceptions, post 1900 marriage records are not at the Georgia Archives. These records are available from the Probate Judge of the county where the marriage is recorded.

To obtain the address and phone number of the Probate Court of a specific county, see: Georgia Probate Courts Directory.