A collaborative project with the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and the Okefenokee Heritage Center, documenting and archiving the oldest African American cemetery in Waycross, Georgia.

In cooperation with the Okefenokee Heritage Center, the Red Hill Cemetery Project seeks to document the oldest African American Cemetery in Waycross, Georgia. Over the last half century, the site has suffered from neglect, intentional vandalism, and aborted efforts at redevelopment, leaving the nearly six-acre parcel overgrown with brush and pines and marked by open graves and toppled monuments.

With as many as 2,000 burials, some of them dating from the 1800s, the cemetery, even in its current condition, memorializes the lives and struggles of an African American community during a period of monumental political, social, and cultural change.

By mapping and recording graves, developing a database of names and dates, and conducting oral histories of surviving family members, the Red Hill Cemetery Project will record often-neglected voices before they fall irretrievably silent.

We encourage you to search this website for family names, addresses, birth or death dates, and any other information you might find on a death certificate. There is a basic search option near the menu for this site. It is located just beneath the main menu and appears on every page on the site. This search bar works as a full-text search for the entire site. From the initial results page, you can view all the results for that type (page, item) using the “view all results” link.

You can view all of the death certificates on the site by selecting the Browse tab at the top of each page.

About this collection

Georgia Death Certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918. 

Death Certificates, Vital Records, Public Health, RG 26-5-95, Georgia Archives