Source Information

Ancestry.com. 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: Cornell, Nancy J. 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

About 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia

This database contains a transcription of a statewide census taken in Georgia to identify white males ages 16–60 who were liable for militia duty.

Historical Background

The 1864 Census for Re-organizing the Georgia Militia is a statewide census of all white males between the ages of 16 and 60 who were not at the time in the service of the Confederate States of America. Based on a law passed by the Georgia Legislature in December 1863 to provide for the protection of women, children, and invalids living at home, it is a list of some 42,000 men—many of them exempt from service—who were able to serve in local militia companies and perform such home front duties as might be required of them.

Sometime between 1920 and 1940 the Georgia Pension and Record Department typed up copies of these lists. Names on the typed lists, unlike most of the originals, are in alphabetical order. These typed lists were the basis for the book indexed in this database, which was compiled by Nancy Cornell.

The author compared the typed lists to microfilms of the original records and has added some pertinent information and corrected some misspellings. No lists were found for the following counties: Burke, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Dooly, Emanuel, Irwin, Johnson, Pulaski, and Wilcox.

What You Can Find in the Records

Enrollment lists were drawn up by county and then by militia districts within the county. The lists recorded the following details:

  • name
  • age
  • occupation
  • place of birth
  • reason (if any) for exemption from service

Much of the information in this description comes from the publisher.

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