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 (11)  

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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.


    • Have you found anything? My grandmother Annie was Rufus sister

  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. My book titled “Hurrah for Georgia! The History of the 38th Georgia Regiment”, was released on 15 June 2017 and the first printing is sold out. The book is the result of eight years of intense research, in telling the never before told story of the 38th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, during the Civil War.

    New orders are now being accepted for the second printing and the target release date is on or about 1 Aug. If you would like to reserve a copy of my second printing please let know how many copies you’d like to reserve and I’ll contact you with payment details as we get closer to the delivery date. This will be a limited printing, so please reserve your book so you don’t miss out like many did for the last edition.

    Companies of the 38th Georgia were from the following Counties in Georgia and Alabama:
    Company A – “The Murphy Guards,” DeKalb County, Georgia Company B, “The Milton Guards,” Milton County, Georgia (Currently Fulton County) Company C, “The Ben Hill Guards,” Bulloch & Emanuel Counties, Georgia Company D, “The McCullough Rifles,” DeKelab & Fulton Counties Company E, “The Tom Cobb Infantry,” Oglethorpe County, Georgia Company F, “Thornton’s Line Volunteers,” Hart and Elbert Counties, Georgia Company G, “The Battey Guards,” Jefferson County, Georgia Company H, “The Goshen Blues,” Elbert County, Georgia Company I, “Irwin’s Invincibles,” Henry County, Alabama Company K, “DeKalb & Fulton Bartow Avengers,” DeKalb and Fulton County, Georgia Company L, Chestatee Artillery, Forsyth County, Georgia Company N, “The Dawson Farmers,” Dawson County, Georgia Joe Thompson Artillery, Fulton County, Georgia

    The 38th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, was part of Lawton’s – Gordon’s-Evans’ Georgia Brigade. The 38th Georgia was in the thick of the fight in nearly every major battle fought by the Army of Northern Virginia. Few Confederate regiments can claim they were at the crux of key battles, time and time again. They broke the Federal line and captured five pieces of artillery at the battle of Gaines Mill, as part of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Corp. They opened the battle of Second Manassas, marching out from their covered position behind the unfinished railroad cut to attack the Union Division marching down the Warrenton Turnpike. They fired the first shots in the battle of Antietam, just before daybreak at the southern edge of Miller’s cornfield.
    When Stonewall Jackson’s line was broken at the battle of Fredericksburg, near Prospect Hill, The Georgia Brigade and 38th Georgia Regiment were called on to lead the counterattack, successfully expelling Gen. George Meade’s Federals from the Confederate rear and sealing the breach. They participated in the Confederate attack on the right flank of the Union Army at Gettysburg, crushing their right wing, capturing hundreds of Yankee prisoners and sending the survivors reeling through the streets of Gettysburg. They launched a counterattack on the first day of the battle of the Wilderness, breaking the famed Union “Iron Brigade.” They joined General Gordon’s flank attack that nearly unhinged General U. S. Grant’s army the very next day.
    They suffered under the juggernaut of the massive Federal attack at Spotsylvania Court House and were part of the Confederate counterattack that stopped the Federals cold, saving General Lee’s army from certain annihilation. They marched to the gates of Washington, DC, with Early’s Second Corp during the summer of 1864. They endured severe hardship and intense suffering in the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia in the final months of the war. Finally. they marched to Appomattox Court House with the remnants of General Lee’s army, as the curtain fell on the Army of Northern Virginia in April of 1865.
    They traveled to Virginia 1,200 strong in the Spring of 1862, but only 107 soldiers remained in the ranks of the 38th Georgia to see the regiment surrender at Appomattox Court House. The survivors walked home to Georgia, a journey of some 400 miles, not knowing if their homes were even standing, after Sherman’s devastating March to the Sea. Few Confederate regiments witnessed so many pivotal moments in history of the Army of Northern Virginia and this is their story….
    What readers are saying about the book:
    This book is one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever read about Civil War history, great piece of work man! And I’ve read a lot. – B. Hudson
    If you have an ancestor who was a member of the 38th Georgia Regiment you must buy this book. – B. Strength
    I am now reading my copy and it is a must have especially if you had an ancestor in the 38th. I am finally getting to walk in my ancestors’ shoes. – C. WIlliams
    Just want to let you know the book has been a pleasure to read so far. Usually, regimentals are a dry read but yours is compelling and well crafted using the soldiers own words. I just finished the chapter on Spotsylvania and can’t wait to continue. – D. Serrano
    I have received my copy and I can’t put it down! Such a wonderful wealth of information on the life of my ancestors. – C. Peterman
    Great Book, easy read and tons of information in it! – D. Dacus
    I don’t know the exact price yet, as that will be set by the publisher, but I’m guessing this soft cover edition will cost about $25-$28 + shipping, but again the price is set by the publisher, not me. This book is packed with war stories and details of history of the regiment and will contain many never before published documents and letters from the soldiers of the regiment. The second edition will contain several minor updates/corrections, but is essentially the same as the first edition. To reserve your book just email me and let me know how many copies you’d like. Payment instructions will be sent by email in the next week or two. Thank you! Dale

    Dale Nichols
    Email: dnichols28@verizon.net
    Newport News, VA
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