Skip to main content

cwb

About this collection

Wills recorded in the Royal Colony of Georgia.  These records are from Record Group 049-01-005, Colony of Georgia – Will Books.

 

Historical Background

 

After Georgia became a royal colony in 1754, the governor acted as ordinary or appointed an official to carry out such duties.  The ordinary probated wills, provided instructions to administrators for the inventory and appraisal of an estate, and ensured that administrators followed all legal requirements in settling the estate.  These wills are the official record copy transcribed into volumes by the Ordinary.

 

What information can I find?

 

Each will includes:

The name of the testator

Date and residence of the testator when the will was written

Bequests

Any instructions regarding the estate of the decedant

 

Most wills are accompanied by attestations of the will with the date the will was proved and/or the date the will was recorded.  Some wills include codicils and letters of administration.

 

Note about digital collections and indexing

 

Each of these documents has several dates.  The date indexed here is the date the will was proved, since this is likely to be closest to the date of the testator’s death.  If the date proved is not evident, the date indexed is the date the will was recorded.

 

In addition to Colonial Will Books, the Georgia Archives has a series of Colonial Wills, Record Group 049-01-002, which are the loose copies submitted to the Ordinary for transcription into these volumes.  RG 049-01-002 includes thirty-two wills from the Trustee period, 1733-1753, which are not recorded in these volumes.  Researchers should search BOTH series for a comprehensive search of Georgia

 

Usage Note: Students and teachers may use images in classroom reports and presentations if the following credit line is included with the image: Courtesy of the Georgia Archives. Each image has a "Cite as" field in the Document Description. Users can form a complete citation by combining the "Title," "Date" and "Cite as" fields for the individual image.

 

Publication in any form, including print, website, social media and blogs, requires permission.  We charge not-for-profit and commercial use fees to support maintenance of the collection.  For information, contact

 

Reference Services
archives-photos@usg.edu
Georgia Archives

 

© 2017 Georgia Archives

 
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK