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Georgia Lutheran Church Records & Histories

"Beginning in 1731, some twenty-two thousand Protestants were exiled from the Roman Catholic Archbishopric of Salzburg, which today is part of German-speaking Austria but then was one of the many un-unified German States. Most of these Salzburgers took refuge in Prussia, but a tiny group ended up in England, where they were persuaded to become part of the beginnings of the last American colony to be founded by the English -- Georgia. About sixty Salzburgers arrived in Georgia on March 12, 1734. The German presence grew to three hundred people by 1741, and this group founded Ebenezer, Georgia's second community after Savannah. The Lutheran congregation founded by the Salzburgers is still in existence, officially called Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. The brick church, construction of which began in 1767 and completed in 1679, is Georgia's oldest church building - and sometimes is called the oldest public building in the state". (German Life, February/March, 2006, page 64). For more information on the Salzburgers, contact the Georgia Salzburger Society, 2980 Ebenezer Road, Rincon, Georgia 31326; Telephone: 912-754-7001; E-mail:; Website:

Church Records

  • Jones, George Fenwick and Sheryl Exley. Ebenezer Record Book, 1754-1781: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Effingham, Georgia, More Commonly Known as Ebenezer Church. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991.
  • Georgia Department of Archives and History. [Miscellaneous Church Records]. [S.l.: s.n., 1900s?]
  • Records of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Savannah, Georgia: 1823-1926. [Savannah, Georgia: Daughters of the American Revolution, Lachlan McIntosh Chapter, 1954.
  • Strickland, Virginia Bowe, Helen Bredenberg Smith, Ellen Stelling Turner, and others. Lutheran Records in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta, Georgia: V.V. Strickland; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection [distributor], 1996.
  • Strickland, Virginia Bowe. Parish Registers of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Augusta, Georgia, 1863-1885. Augusta, Georgia: The author, 1996.
  • Voigt, A. G. and C. A. Linn. Ebenezer Record Book Containing Early Records of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Effingham, Ga., More Commonly Known as Ebenezer Church. Savannah, Georgia: Edited and published by C.A. Linn, 1929.

Church Histories

  • Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Springfield, Georgia). Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church: 125 Anniversary, 1872-1997. [Springfield? Georgia]: The Committee, 1997.
  • Linn, Charles Adolphus. Two Hundred Years of the Grade of God: A Sketch of the Life and History of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Savannah, Georgia. Savannah, Georgia: The Church, 1941.