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Banks County Genealogy Records Online

Georgia Pioneers offers images of old Wills and estates, marriages, etc. The collection is growing and more information frequently added to the website.

Names of Families in Banks County Wills, Estates, Guardanships, Vouchers

Banks County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Last Wills and Testaments

  • Wills (1858 to 1879) (abstracts)
  • List of Unbound Arranged Wills of the Probate Court (1853 to 1946)
  • Thompson, J. K. estate (1902)

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Miscellaneous Estates (1858 to 1857)
  • Inventories, Annual Returns, Receipts and Appraisements (1866-1871)
  • List of Unbound Wills in Probate Court 1853-1946

How to Find the Children of the Intestate Ancestor

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Old Alabama Street in Atlanta It is frequently difficult to locate the names of the children of persons who died intestate (without a last will and testament). One method is to examine the details of his estate, viz: annual returns, estate sales, vouchers, etc. Also, deed records. It was and is a common practice to make a Gift Deed to the children prior to death. For persons with small estates, this method is the simple division of different tracts of land. Other items consisted of furniture etc. was usually given to the daughters. The Gift Deed is proof of descent. There are many reasons to search the deed records and take note of the activities. (1) Relatives and in-laws were frequent witnesses to transaction. (2) To determine the period of residency by particular counties. (3) The place of birth of the children can be determined by when and where the ancestor resided. (3) The approximate death date can be determined by the date of the last deed transaction and place of burial. Simultaneously, tracking the ancestor via Tax Digests is also important.

Fort Hollingsworth

Fort Hollingsworth This home near Alto, Georgia is a historical site because it once served as a fort in the late 18th century to protect the region against Indian invasions. It was built ca 1793 by Jacob Hollingsworth on some old lands belonging to the Cherokees and was later renovated to use as a farm residence by the White family. More . . .
Fort Oglethorpe
Ft. Defiance and Camp Hope on the Georgia Frontier

Train Wrecks

railroads With the building of the railroads during the 1830s and 1840s, many accidents occurred. We may complain about automobile accidents today, however, train accidents and death were rather common in the old days. Why? Well, for one think, the tracks were built on streets which were also used by pedestrians. I grew up in Atlanta during the 1940s and the railroad tracks crossed five points in downtown without guard rails or platforms of any kind. Of course, terminal or railroad depots, had platforms, but irrespectively, people careless fell upon the tracks. Today, despite the fact that there are signal lights and barriers at crossings, accidents still occur because people ignore safety issues. "Will Copeland, in attempting to jump on a moving train at Big Raccoon on the East Tennessee Road, missed his foothold and fell wounded, and was carried off to Dallas (Georgia)." Source: The Washington Gazette. July 27, 1887.

Banks County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Cemeteries

Banks County Banks County was created in 1858. It was named for Dr. Richard E. Banks, a circuit-riding physician who treated the settlers and native Americans of northern Georgia and South Carolina. The early economy in Banks County was based on cotton and corn, but this gave way to beef and poultry production in the 1920's and textile manufacturing and poultry feeds by the 1960's. Today Banks County is growing rapidly thanks to the increase in the retail and tourism industries located at Banks Crossing (Exit 149, I-85 & US 441). The County was created by an act of the General Assembly signed by Gov. Joseph E. Brown on Dec 11, 1858. According to that legislation, the county was to be laid out from portions of Franklin and Habersham counties on Feb. 1, 1859, with county officers elected the next month. Georgia's 129th county was named for Dr. Richard Banks, a noted Gainesville physician and surgeon who died three years earlier. The first county courthouse was completed in 1863. It was constructed of hand-made bricks in the Greek Revival style. It is on the National Register of Historical Places and now serves as a museum and office space.


  • Licenses 1859 to 1873
  • Licenses 1874 to 1878
  • Licenses 1877 to 1889
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886


  • Broad River Baptist Church
  • Indian Creek Baptist Church
  • Lines Baptist Church

Traced Genealogies:Banks County Families