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The Toombs County GAGenWeb Project

Welcome to the Toombs County GAGenWeb project, a part of the USGenWeb family! Toombs County was created on Aug. 18, 1905, by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1905, p. 62). Formed from portions of Emanuel, Montgomery, and Tattnall counties, Georgia's 144th county was named for the famous politician and secessionist Gen. Robert Toombs.

The law creating Toombs County provided that Lyons be the county seat. The town was settled during the late 1800s and became a railroad stop on the Central of Georgia line that connected Albany with Savannah. The town was named for a Mr. Lyons, who was instrumental in getting the railroad built through the town. Lyons was incorporated by an act of the legislature approved December 9, 1897.

The Vidalia Onion story takes root in Toombs County more than 60 years ago when a farmer by the name of Mose Coleman discovered, during the late spring of 1931, the onions he had planted were not hot as he expected. They were actually sweet! It was a struggle to sell the onions at first, but Mose persevered and managed to sell them for $3.50 per 50-pound bag, which in those days was a huge price. Other farmers, who through the Depression years had not been able to get a fair price for their produce, thought Coleman had found a gold mine. They began to follow suit, and soon after, their farms were also producing the sweet, mild onion that became known as the Sweet Vidalia.

Current-day adjacent counties to Toombs County are Tattnall, Jeff Davis, Emanuel, Treutlen, Montgomery and Appling. Be sure to visit the surrounding county projects for genealogical and historical information about Toombs County's surrounding area.

Cemetery Records Military Records Photographs
Newspaper Records Biographical Records Obituaries
Census Records Bible Records Church Records
Vital Records Miscellaneous Records  

Query Boards and Mailings Lists

Toombs County GenForum Board
Toombs County Ancestry Board
Toombs County Ancestry Mailing List
Georgia GenForum Board
Georgia Ancestry Board
Miscellaneous Georgia Mailing List

African Ancestored Genealogy Links

African American Cemeteries Online
Cyndi's List: African-American
African-American Genealogy on the Web African-American Genealogy
Sankofa's African Slave Genealogy
The Freedmen's Bureau Online
Library of Congress: African American Perspectives
Genforum: African American Forum

American Civil War Research Links 

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

Excellent Research Links

The Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties, created by Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia, has many historical maps of Toombs County. Also located at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government is the Georgia Historical Markers project, which includes a transcript of and photographs of historical markers in Toombs County

The Georgia 1885 Atlas and Gazetteer contains a listing of all Georgia towns and communties in 1885 as well as links to Georgia county maps from the Cram's Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World from 1885.

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 including Toombs County. Be sure to visit this excellent site! 

The 1880 US Federal Census  located at the LDS Family Search site is an excellent resource! Be sure to look for your Toombs County ancestors in this massive database of the entire US 1880 Federal Census.

For additional source material relating to Toombs County, please visit the USGenWeb Archives Toombs County site.

 Excellent Research Links Cont'd.

The National Register of Historic Places Toombs County Inventory page contains interesting information about historic sites in Toombs County. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Library Catalog Toombs County listings gives detailed information on what is available pertaining to Toombs County. 

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

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

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: US - Georgia, contains an abundance of excellent links to various internet sites dealing with Georgia genealogy and history. 

The Online Books Page History: United States (Regional), and the Americas Section, contains links to scores of valuable 19th century and earlier regional histories, biographies and other works.

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

Looking for a location in Toombs County? If so try the USGS GNIS database. Contains information on cemeteries, creeks, post offices and much more! 

The Political Graveyard Toombs County page contains several valuable links pertaining to Toombs County as well as links to biographies of politicians who were either born in, or were residents of  Toombs County. 

An excellent contemporary map of Toombs County is the Georgia Department of Transportation map. This detailed map shows roads, creeks, communities and much more. This map is in PDF format. 

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This site was last updated on
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Number of Visitors Since June 3, 2005

Vivian Price Saffold, State Coordinator

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Photographs courtesy of the Library of Congress, American Memory Collection and the Vidalia Onion Committee.