Welcome to the Taliaferro County GaGenWeb Project!

Welcome to the Taliaferro County GaGenWebProject, a part of the USGenWeb family of genealogical sites! Welcome to Taliaferro County GaGenWebTaliaferro County, Georgia's 69th county, was created on December 25, 1825 from five of its surrounding counties:

Its origins actually date back to June 1, 1763, when the Creekand Cherokee Indians ceded to Governor Wright and John Stewart, the crown's agent for Indian Affairs, a large amount of land in payment for debts of $200,000.

The county is named in honor of Colonel Benjamin Taliaferro, a Revolutionary War officer who was prominent in state and national affairs. He was a member of Congress and a candidate for President. His name (and the county's) is pronounced Tolliver in the English fashion.

Taliaferro County is the home of Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883), vice-president of the Confederate States of America, state legislator, U.S. congressman and governor of Georgia. The astronomer Robert Greir was born in 1782 in what is now Taliaferro County. He was founder of the nationally famous "Grier's Almanac." Another notable citizen of Taliaferro County was Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822-1898),an educator and author, who wrote Dukesborough Tales and Old Mark Lampton. Also from Taliaferro County was Roselle Mercier Montgomery (1874-1933),who was considered one of America's finest poets and often wrote about Crawfordville.

Crawfordville, the county seat, was named for another presidential candidate,William Harris Crawford (1772-1834). He was a member of the cabinets of twoWilliam Harris Crawfordpresidents and served as Secretary of War, Secretary of the Treasury and Minister to France. Due to illness, he withdrew from the presidential race in which John Adams was victorious.

The town was laid out by Herman Mercer, brother of Jesse Mercer, founder of Mercer University. The town plan became known as the "Crawfordville Plat" and was used by many subsequent town planners in Georgia. The town was incorporated by legislative act, on December 27, 1826, with the following named commissioners, to-wit: Herman Mercer, Thomas Chastain, Wylie Womack, Sherwood Towns, William Little, John Murphy, and John W. Jordan.

Be sure to check back often as I am currently in the process of abstracting Taliaferro County genealogical records including census, property records and 19th Century newspapers.

Cemetery Records

Taliaferro County Cemeteries
First Roman Catholic Church in Georgia
Locust Grove
Crawfordville Baptist Photographs
Ellington Family
Margaret's Grove Baptist

Biographical Records

The Flynt Family
Dr. William Abram Love
Alexander H. Stephens Biography: 1854
Rev. Romulus Moore Biography
Rev. A.B. Murden Biography
The Elijah Ballard Family
The Cullen L. Battle Family
TheG unn Family
The Alexander Stephens Family p>Military Records

Captain James M. Sanford's Volunteers:
Stephens Home Guards, Company D, 15th Regiment: Civil War
William R. Evans Pension Abstract
WorldWar I Soldier's List

Probate Records

John Chapman
Nathan Chapman Jr.
Rachel B. Chapman
SusannaBoring Hart

Property and Land Records

Taliaferro Creeks and Streams
Taliaferro County Historic Map Collection
1827Taliaferro Land Lottery
1827Taliaferro Residents
Thompson-McLaughlin Deed: 1830

Census Records

1830 Taliaferro Federal Census
1850 Taliaferro Federal Census 
1880Taliaferro Federal Census Mortality Schedules

Miscellaneous Records

19th Century Newspaper Abstracts
History of Taliaferro County: 1854
Taliaferro County Militia District Map
Liberty Hall: Description and History
The Arrest of Alexander Stephens
History of Crawfordville

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June 12, 2004Be sure to visit the Taliaferro County GAGenWeb Research Directory. This page gives contact information for various Taliaferro county and Georgia state governmental agencies, libraries and newspapers. Also included on this page is expanded information on Taliaferro County research source material.

The USGenWeb Georgia Archives

Be sure to visit the USGenWeb Georgia Archives TaliaferroCounty Section!Several items are located in the Taliaferro section to help you with your Taliaferro County research. Below are quick links to the various Taliaferro County sections in the archives. Please note that the Taliaferro County GAGenWeb search engine does not index files in the archives, therefore a search from this page will exclude items in the archives.

Cemetery Records
Military Records
Archival Photographs
Vital Records
Bible Records
Census Records
Deeds and Land Records
Newspaper Abstracts
Will Abstracts
Biographical Records
Church Records
General Histories

African Ancestored GenealogyLinks

African AmericanCemeteries Online
Cyndi's List: African-American
African-AmericanGenealogy on the Web
About.com: African-AmericanGenealogy
Sankofa's African SlaveGenealogy
The Freedmen's Bureau Online
Library of Congress:African American Perspectives
Genforum: African AmericanForum

American Civil War Research Links 

The United States Civil War Center
ConfederateRegimental History Links
Union Regimental History Links
American Civil War Portal 

Excellent Research Links

The Vanishing Georgia Photographic Collection of over 18,000 images is the result of a Georgia Archives project begun in the mid-1970s to locate and copy historically significant photographs held by individuals throughout Georgia. Vanishing Georgia's historical photographs document the economic, social, cultural, and political history of the state. The project visited 66 counties and includes images from almost all of Georgia's counties includingTaliaferro County. Be sure to visit this excellent site!

The 1880 US Federal Census  located at the LDS Family Search siteis an excellent resource! Be sure to look for your Taliaferro County ancestorsin this massive database of the entire US 1880 Federal Census. 

The National Register of Historic Places TaliaferroCounty Inventory page contains interesting information about historicsites in Taliaferro County. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History LibraryCatalog TaliaferroCounty listings gives detailed information on what is available pertainingto Taliaferro County. 

The Civil War Soldiers and SailorsSystem is an excellent resource from the US National Park Service.This system includes a computerized database containing basic facts aboutservicemen who served during the Civil War. The database currently containsapproximately 2.7 million soldier names from over 30 states and territories.

Documenting the American Southis an electronic collection sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library atthe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It provides access todigitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on Americanhistory and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers atevery educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference,studying, teaching, and research. 

Cyndi's List of GenealogySites on the Internet: US - Georgia, contains an abundance of excellentlinks to various internet sites dealing with Mississippi genealogy andhistory. 

TheOnline Books Page History: United States (Regional), and the AmericasSection, contains links to scores of valuable 19th century and earlierregional histories, biographies and other works.

Making of America,(MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social historyfrom the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularlystrong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history,sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currentlycontains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. 

Looking for a location in Taliaferro County? If so try the USGSGNIS database. Contains information on cemeteries, creeks, post officesand much more! 

The Political Graveyard TaliaferroCounty page contains several valuable links pertaining to TaliaferroCounty as well as links to biographies of politicians who were either bornin, or were residents of  Taliaferro County. 

Georgia Historical Markersin Taliaferro County is a wonderful site detailing the text of allhistorical markers in the county.

The OfficialSite of the  County of Taliaferro contains detailed informationabout the county.

An excellent contemporarymap of Taliaferro County is the Georgia Department of Transportationmap. This detailed map shows roads, creeks, communities and much more.This map is in PDF format.

Although I am not a resident of Taliaferro County, I will be happy to assistyou with your Taliaferro County, Georgia research. Just send me an emailand I will try to answer your questions about general Georgia or TaliaferroCounty historical and genealogical research. Visitors are also invitedto subit material about Taliaferro County's rich history and heritage,so that others may benefit from the information. Such items as biographies,deeds, wills, old photographs and such are welcome. Please contact me,the project coordinator, if you wish to submit material relating to TaliaferroCounty, Georgia. Best wishes with your Taliaferro County, Georgia research!

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