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African American Genealogy: Is There a County Record of My Ancestor Voting in Georgia?

Robin Foster
by Robin Foster

Yesterday we identified one place your ancestor might have been recorded as voting in Georgia in the blog post Did Your African American Ancestor Register to Vote in Georgia, Reconstruction Oath Books, 1867-1868? In this post you could be led to another place to find him, Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1909. All colors of people are available in this database, but this might be one of the first times your ancestor was recorded by name because it contains the names of emancipated people.

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The counties in Georgia which are included in the database so far are Brooks, Bullock, Chatham, Clayton, Columbia, Decatur, Early, Hall, Haralson, Jefferson. Liberty, McIntosh, Newton, Oglethorpe, Screven, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Thomas, and Warren. To see what records are covered for each county visit: Georgia, County Voter Registrations, Coverage Table – FamilySearch Historical Records.

A Search for Randolph Abbot

I put the following search criteria in for Randolph Abbott: Randolph Abbott, and Georgia, United States and I was able to pull him up on the index:

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The index showed that he was colored. I took a look at what information could be gleaned from the original record:

Randolph Abbott, Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1909
Randolph Abbott, “Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1909.” Database. FamilySearch. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3QZ-B37F-F?cc=3326831: 23 January 2020. Georgia Department of Archives and History, Morrow, Returns of qualified voters, 1867-1868, Image 136, Number 631

I noticed Randolph was recorded as having been in the precinct, the county, and the state for twelve months. That mean I could find him living in the same place one year prior to 1867. I could also find him on the 1870 Census with family members. The county where this record was recorded was Glynn County, Georgia. I can find resources for Glynn County, Georgia Genealogy on the Research Wiki. Glynn County, Georgia Genealogy has a few resources, and as I work to further identify Randolph, I could add any new resources I find to that page to make it easier for thee next person that comes along.

Also, it is important that you know “some images may only be viewed when a user is signed-in to FamilySearch. Some images may only be viewed online by members of supporting organizations. And some images are only available at family history centers. To find the family history center nearest you, search the Find a Family History Center Map.” See Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

Sharpen the Saw

What are some other records that could be used now that I have found an ancestor in the Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1909? Share them with using the Facebook Group.

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