The Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society (SRVGS) was founded in 1987. We are a group of amateur genealogists dedicated to the research and preservation of historical records. The membership includes anyone interested in families or history from the counties of Hart, Elbert, and Franklin in Northeast Georgia.

This website contains several resources to help you with your research. We would hope that you would consider joining our society so that we may continue to preserve and record the history and genealogy of this area. Society has made available hundreds of reference books, microfilm of census records and old newspapers along with other items for researching your genealogy and ancestry. In addition, the Society has many publications available for your use free of charge or for sale if you cannot visit. These are available at the Hart County Library.

Published on January 18, 2009 at 12:16 am  Comments (9)  

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  1. Hello,
    I have 2 sets of grandparents that came from
    Hart/Elbert Counties before moving to South Carolina. I am interested in locating more about where they lived and grew up. I have found my ggrandparents, James William Page & Mary Elizabeth Davis, from 1910 – 1930 (Census images) living on Hartwell Rd, McCurry District (1910);in Towns (Lowns ?) District (1920);in Seaboard Silk Mill Village in 1930. I also have a marriage license from 1855 for my gggrandparents(Francis M. Page & Anna Rowland). I have found them in the 1860 Census and will continue to look for more census entries.
    My other set of grandparents (Alfred B Moss & Elizabeth Fleming)are located in 1910 in Militia District #1114 and in McCurry District in 1920. Are there any records in the library that mey be of use? What about cemetary records in Hart County? I live outside of Orlando and want to plan a trip to northeast Georgia for more research. Can you please advise me?
    Thank you,

  2. Teresa
    I have looked in Cemetery book for Hart County and did not find Francis M. Page & Anna Rowland or Alfred B Moss & Elizabeth Fleming listed. Do have any more information about them???

  3. My “brick wall” is finding where my gg grandparents, John Wesley Craft, b. 1828, d. aft. 1900 & Mary Martha Craft (Craft) are buried. John’s second wife was Amanda Christian.

    Also need proof that John Wesley’s parents were Samuel & Leah Dunn Craft. I do know that Samuel and Leah, along with more Craft’s are buried at Providence Methodist Church Cemetery in Hartwell.

  4. I am seeking information re: my ggg Grandfather Jacob Phillips who lived we think In Old Walton County Georgia (Now Transylvania County NC). His son Williamson gg Grandfather was born in 1790 in NC, and was married to Elizabeth Coleman in Elbert County, Georgia. There is some information that Jacob lived at one time in Buncombe County NC with his daughter, and he appears there in the 1820 census. Any word about him would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Good Morning

    I wanted to request assistance in searching for members of my family. I’m looking for the Teasley family! I know Hart County is full of Teasley’s, but I’m primary looking for the African American lineage. I’m sure both sides connect somewhere and want to see if someone have any information to share.My grandfather’s name was Rufus Teasley, and he was born to Rosalee Teasley (born abt 1893) and John H Teasley (abt 1880).Any assistance would be greatly appreciated as I have made this my mission.

    Thanks in advance.


  6. Looking for a record of marriage for Ira Gordon Skelton and Savilla Brookshire, married on 3-21-1912. Could be in either Pickens, SC or Hartwell, GA. Also could be in Anderson County, SC. Savilla was born in Pickens, and Ira in Hartwell. Many thanks!

    John Skelton

  7. I found this in the book, “Marriage Records, Anderson, S.C. 1911-1912”, Compiled by Carl G. Ellison, D.Min., Anderson County,SC Genealogical Society.

    Ira Gordon Skelton age 23 to Savilla Brookshire age 21 on Mach 21, 1912.
    Anderson Co., SC Probate Court, Bk. 1, p. 41


  8. I noticed that the Hart County Library has a holding listed on gapines.org for “David Kidd on Dozier Thornton, June 1989–videotape.” The author field has The Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society. When I called the Hart County Library, they could not find this particular holding (975.8 Savannah R).

    Do you have a copy of this document or video? I am a descendant of Dozier Thornton (b. 1755), and am collecting information for a book on Dozier’s life. I am looking for this resource or any additional information you may have. Thank you for your help. Kindest regards,

    champ thornton

  9. Has anyone run across the name Jefferson Compton or Jefferson Davis Compton? He was born about 1862 and died about 1898. He was married to Elizabeth Rebecca Bailey. His father was Richard Compton of Oconee County SC and his son was Ellis Luther Compton of Greenwood, SC. His place of birth has, at various times, been listed as Oconee Co SC, Hart Co GA, Franklin Co GA and some sources say he is buried in Lavonia. My grandmother, his grand-daughter, said he was from Toccoa (but she tended to get a lot of things confused).

    Barry Wilson

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