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Documenting Marriages in Georgia

If you do not know the actual marriage date for an ancestor, an index to Georgia marriages is available on Georgia Marriages 1808-1967. Click on “Learn More” to understand more about this collection at (See image below). It is possible that not all records will show if they either fall within privacy restrictions or if only partial records have been indexed.

“Learn More” will take you to an article on the Research Wiki which will give you more insight about the following:

  • Record types which were indexed
  • How to use the marriage record
  • What the record contains
  • Counties included in the collection, and more!

Searching the Collection on FamilySearch:

If your ancestor may have been married between 1808 and 1967, try to locate the index to the record first. Enter the least amount of information as possible at first. Remember that sometimes an ancestor may not be listed by his or her full given name. You may be more successful searching using only the surnames of the couple.

FamilySearch Marriage Index 1

In the following example, we searched using the surname of the spouses (Jones and Jackson)

This helped us to locate the indexed record of Mitcheal Jones and Tilda Jackson when a search for Mitchell Jones and Matilda Jackson proved unsuccessful.

Locating the Original Record:

It is always best to view the original record once you locate the index. Sometimes you may discover more information or discrepancies. The next step would be to order the microfilm which contains the original record.

Since we now know this marriage occurred in Jasper County, Georgia on 29 December 1872, we can search the Family History Library Catalog for vital records. We entered the search terms: Jasper, Georgia:

Next, we selected Georgia, Jasper - Vital Records (6) from the list of results:

From there, we selected Marriage records, 1808-1901, Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Jasper County):

This collection is contained on microfilm. Since the marriage of Mitcheal and Tilda occurred in 1872 in Jasper County, we would need to order film number 158443 which contains marriage records from 1869-1886.

We would next click on film number 158443 and place our order from home. The film would be sent to the nearest family history center or affiliate library for us to view.

Other Marriage Record Collections Online

This is just one way to find a marriage record with very limited details. Other databases exist. The following can be accessed at

  • Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944
  • Georgia Marriages to 1850
  • Georgia Marriages, 1851 to 1900

Slave Dwelling Project 2012 Schedule

Slave Dwelling Project Founder Joseph McGill has set the itinerary of overnight cabin stays for 2012.  In addition to overnight stays in slave cabins in South Carolina, the Slave Dwelling Project will also visit Georgia, Connecticut, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.

In the video below, Joseph McGill discusses the Slave Dwelling Project and what inspires him to continue the project's work. Please scroll below the video to view the locations and dates for 2012 overnight stays!

Slave Dwelling Project 2012 Schedule

Date Event
January 19 Lecture @ Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC
February 11 Lecture @ Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC
February 16 & 17 Stay & Lecture Price House, Spartanburg, SC
February 26 Lecture @ Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, N. Chas, SC
March 15 – 18  Coming to the Table, Richmond, VA 
March 22   Lecture @ Williamsburg Co. Library, Kingstree, SC
March 23   Stay @ Friendfield Plantation, Georgetown, SC  
March 30 – 31   Stay & Lecture @ Bush-Holley House, Greenwich, Conn  
April 5   Stay @ Seibels House Kitchen House, Columbia, SC  
April 6   Stay @ Lexington County Museum, Lexington, SC  
April 12– 15   Stay & Lecture, Holly Springs, Mississippi  
April 27 & 28   Stay & Lecture Sautee-Nacoochee, GA
June 22   Lecture & Stay Heyward Washington House, Chs. SC  
October 5 & 6   Stay & Lecture Bacon’s Castle, Surry, Virginia  
November 9 & 10   Stay@ Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, SC  

About the Slave Dwelling Project

For more information, please contact Joseph McGill

Joseph McGill, Jr. | Program Officer, Southern Office
National Trust for Historic Preservation | William Aiken House, 456 King Street, 3rd Floor, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: 843.722.8552 | Fax: 843.722.8652 | Email: |


Slave Dwelling Project's First 2012 Stay: Price House, Spartanburg, SC

Joe McGill at Entry of Price House Slave Dwelling
Joseph McGill Outside Price House Slave Dwelling

Nannie Jeffries, museum administrator of the Spartanburg County Historical Association, must be commended for being a visionary.

It was late 2010 when she first proposed that I spend a night in the slave cabin at the Price House. Back then the Slave Dwelling Project was in its infancy and even I had my doubts that the project would still be going on today.

Nannie was determined and she made it happen in a big way. She incorporated the project into her three day Black history month program titled Persistence & Perseverance: Standing on the Shoulders of Others.

Because of Nannies meticulous planning, I had the opportunity to survey the cabin prior to the time I was scheduled to stay. On this visit, the vastness of the cabin in comparison to some of the others I stayed in gave me the grandiose idea that many others would have the opportunity to join me for the experience.

The functional fire place gave me the fantasy of cooking in the cabin; that would be a first. With the exception of the cooking possibility, this had the potential to be similar to the experience I had at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana when 20 people joined me for the sleep over.

As planned, I arrived early on Thursday, February 17. I met Zac Cunningham the site director and care taker. Woodruff Elementary School students were scheduled to come to visit the site. Prior to their visit, I wanted to prepare the cabin by starting a fire in the fire place and laying out my Civil War uniform accouterment.

Joe McGill at Entry of Price House Slave Dwelling
Joseph McGill and Students at Price House, Spartanburg, SC

The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders arrived as planned and were separated for the cabin presentation accordingly. These “teachable moments” were similar to the one at the slave dwelling in Egypt, Texas when I had the opportunity to address a class that visited the slave dwelling there. This opportunity was more thorough because I am far more familiar with South Carolina’s history than I am with that of Texas. Two print media representatives were also present and stayed as long as the kids did.

After a nice lunch at a nice restaurant in Spartanburg that included the board chairman of the Spartanburg County Historical Association, it was my goal to get back to the cabin long before dark because of my plans to cook. Additionally, one of the media outlets from the morning event made plans to come back at 6:00 pm for some additional coverage. I planned to make beef stew from scratch so it had to be well on its way before dark. I had acquired all of the necessary ingredients and was confident that I could pull it off.

Once I got dinner going, I got a phone call from “old reliable” Terry James, fellow Civil War reenactor. Since Terry’s first slave dwelling stay at Brattonsville in McConnels, SC in November 2010, he has not missed a South Carolina stay since. He even stayed in the slave dwelling at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC. He has a total of six stays five of which he slept in shackles. Terry stated he was on his way. He and the photographer got there at the same time. After the photographer took several pictures, the writer showed up to obtain additional information for the piece she was writing.

Price House Slave Dwelling
Former Slave Dwelling, Price House, Spartanburg, SC

After several hours of cooking, the beef stew was ready for consumption. I, Terry and Zac all had our share. No one complained we all even had seconds and more. That experience made me appreciate all that was necessary to cook a meal in a slave dwelling.

In anticipation of a TV camera crew showing up at 4:30 am, Terry and I turned in early. Terry again slept in the slave shackles. As scheduled, the TV crew showed up at the appointed time. We did a few live takes before I had to wash up and change clothes so that I could moderate the Black History Month symposium that was taking place at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg.

Related Articles and Videos

To learn more about Joseph McGill's visit to the Price House, please view the resources below:
Joe McGill at Entry of Price House Slave Dwelling

Video: Man Spends Night at Price House Slave Cabin


Joseph McGill paid tribute to his African-American ancestors Thursday by spending the night in a slave cabin at the Price House near Woodruff ... MORE

Joe McGill at Entry of Price House Slave Dwelling

Article, Photo Gallery: Man Seeks to Preserve the Humblest of Dwellings


On Thursday morning, McGill­, wearing a Union soldier uniform, started a fire in the fireplace of the slave cabin. He spent most of the morning talking to students from Woodruff Elementary School and Camp White Pines in Jonesville ... MORE


Sleeping in Slave Cabin in Mancles No Picnic for Florence Man

Joseph McGill and Terry James paid tribute to their African-American ancestors recently by spending the night in a slave cabin at the Price House near Woodruff ... MORE

About the Price House

To learn more or visit the Price House, please visit their website.

About the Slave Dwelling Project

For more information, please contact Joseph McGill:
Joseph McGill, Jr. | Program Officer, Southern Office
National Trust for Historic Preservation | William Aiken House, 456 King Street, 3rd Floor, Charleston, SC 29403 |
Phone: 843.722.8552 | Fax: 843.722.8652 | Email: |

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