Welcome to Hancock County, Georgia
Hancock County Courthouse, Sparta, Georgia
(Photo by Keith Hair)
County Coordinator: Suzanne Forte
State Coordinator: Linda Blum-Barton
Assistant State Coordinator: Vivian Price Saffold
Regional Assistant: Vivian Price Saffold
This is the official home page of the Hancock County GA GENWEB Project. We are a group of volunteers working together to provide internet websites for genealogical research in every county in the State of Georgia. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone. GA GENWEB members are located through the world, not just in Georgia. We rely on the resources of the Internet and on volunteers who are able to transcribe primary documents to assist us in getting information on line.
If you have information that you are willing to share, such as cemetery, census, marriage, deeds, or wills that you have transcribed, or that you would be willing for me to transcribe, please let me know and I will be glad to transcribe them, if needed, and put them up on the page. If you have a home page relating to ancestors from Hancock County, I would like to have that also. Any old photos would be great to have too. Family histories, stories about the county, anything of interest along these lines would be helpful.
Brief History of Hancock County
Hancock County was founded December 17, 1793, and was originally part of Greene and Washington counties. Part of Baldwin County, east of the Oconee River was part of Hancock from 1793 until 1807. A portion of Hancock was set aside to create Taliaferro County in 1825. It is Georgia's fifteenth county, and was named for John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence. The city of Sparta (named for the classical Greek city) was established in 1795 and incorporated by the legislature on December 3rd, 1805 as the county seat. It was founded in 1795 by American Revolutionary Officer, Major Charles Ambercrombie of North Carolina. Millmore Gristmill, located within the county, was the site of the historic 1786 peace treaty between Georgia and the Creek Indian Nation. The county encompasses 473.3 square miles, and lies between the Oconee and Ogeechee Rivers in east central Georgia.
Hancock County GA GENWEB Archives - (Contains cemeteries, wills, bibles, marriages, death records, military information, and much more)
Books for Sale - Published Resources for Hancock County
Census Index - (SK Publications)
1880 (Family History Center Complete Census)
Cemeteries and Churches
Friends of Hancock County Cemeteries - (Contains list of all known cemeteries in Hancock County, including GPS coordinates, directions, and pictures)
Georgia Baptist Church Records, Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
List of all Land Lottery Grants Made to Veterans of the Revolutionary War by the State of Georgia (Includes 1820, 1827 and 1832 land lotteries)
Surnames and Researchers (post your queries here to get in touch with others researching your Hancock County surnames)
Cousin Connect - Another place to post your genealogy queries
Hancock County In the News - 1900 - 1909 (Includes surname index)
Old Newspapers (University of Georgia Library Web site) from Hancock County, various dates from 1806 to 2000. Includes link to list of local researchers
who will search for a fee.
Research Addresses (where to send for birth, death, marriage, records)
Georgia's Virtual Vault - Georgia Archives Web Site - Contains a multitude of information, among other things, actual copies of Confederate pension applications, enlistments, oaths, etc; Colonial wills and will books, head right and bounty plats. Also check out the Virtual Vault link on this site. THIS IS A MUST SEE SITE!!
Historic Places Located in Hancock County
Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway - Hancock and Putnam Counties
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Library Catalog has listings giving detailed information of what is available pertaining to Hancock County.
American History and Genealogy Project for Hancock County (please check this site, lots of information here)
Georgia Place Names (origins of names of counties, towns, rivers, etc)
Family History Archives - Brigham Young University (3580 family history collections and growing)
Georgia Historical Maps - University of Alabama Web Site
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