Source Information

Ancestry.com. Savannah, Georgia, Select Board of Health and Health Department Records, 1824-1864, 1887-1896 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: City of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah, Georgia, Select Board of Health and Health Department Records, 1822–1864, 1887–1896. Subseries 5600HE-050 and 5600HA-010. Microfilm, 27 reels. City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives, Savannah, Georgia.

About Savannah, Georgia, Select Board of Health and Health Department Records, 1824-1864, 1887-1896

This collection contains Health Department registers of the indigent sick, as well as minutes from the Board of Health for Savannah, Georgia.

Heath Department registers include records of indigent individuals who were treated by a city physician in Savannah during the years 1887–1896. Details include the individual’s name, diagnosis, place treated, date, and race.

Board of Health minutes for the years 1822–1864 contain information about interments in local cemeteries, nuisances, resolutions, and various reports from the wards in Savannah, including lists of yellow fever victims from the 1854 outbreak. The lists of interments generally include the name of the deceased, age, cause of death, and place of birth.

Also included in the minutes are some Civil War-era records for Confederate soldiers, in which their military unit is typically listed.