Book Review: Jefferson County Georgia Inferior Court Minutes

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Jefferson County Georgia Inferior Court MinutesElbert County Georgia
Inferior Court Minutes
February 4, 1791-July 14, 1801

Jefferson County Georgia
Inferior Court Minutes
November 1807- January 1814

Jefferson County Georgia
Inferior Court Minutes
February 1814-July 1820

by Michael A. Ports. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015.

In a previous newsletter, I described several publications compiled by Michael Ports. His transcriptionist labors continue.

These three volumes represent records of the Inferior Courts in these respective counties. The Inferior Courts were each comprised of five justices of the peace for the county. They were responsible for those civil cases not involving title to land.

The Courts had jurisdiction over many county business matters such as the care for the poor, the building and maintenance of the courthouses and jails, the building and maintaining of roads and bridges, the establishment of ferries, the issuing of licenses for selling liquor, appointing guardianships, nominating justices of the peace and constables, the authorizing of indentures, and maintaining a register of wills. The Clerks all kept minutes of the various proceedings.

Mr. Ports transcribed these records from microfilm of the original books filmed for the Genealogical Society of Utah. One entry example: on 27th April 1809, “Michael Shelman and John Powell, Esquires, attended and drew the following persons to Serve as Jurors at July Term 1809, to wit….” and what follows is a list of 50 men’s names.

The Jefferson County… November 1807-January 1814 book is only 115 pages long, but the index contains approximately 900 names, many listed on more than one page.

Finding your ancestor’s name within these volumes would be a major find documenting residency, and more.

Jefferson County Georgia Inferior Court Minutes by Michael A. Ports is available from the publisher, Genealogical Publishing Co., at as well as from Amazon at

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