DeKalb History Center

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DeKalb History Center
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



101 E. Court Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Telephone:[1] 404-373-1088
Fax: 404-373-8287

Hours and holidays:[2]

  • Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm.
  • Archives: Appointments recommended Tue-Thu 10am - Noon, and 1 - 4pm.
  • Museum Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm.
  • Holiday closures.

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation:[2]

Internet sites and databases:

  • DeKalb History Center about, archives and research, education, preservation, museum, facility rental, membership, events, gift shop, podcasts, and newsletter.
  • Archives & Research: Collections partial listing of collections including subject files, biographical files, special collections, oral histories, reference materials, photograph subject files, and periodicals.
  • Special Collections inventory of court records, personal papers, school documents, photos, and post office records in Special Collections.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Biographical files, maps, DeKalb County cemetery index, oral histories, many church records and histories, manuscripts, photographs, rare books, county records, Sanborn fire insurance maps, DeKalb County books such as memoirs, yearbooks, and Atlanta City and suburban city directories, family and business papers, Confederate widows, deeds, social clubs, and schools.[2]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot find the record you seek through the DeKalb History Center, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[3]
  • National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers lists, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, and workshops.[4]
  • Federal Records Center, Ellenwood, GA., receives federal agency and court records of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Georgia Archives, Morrow, is the best place to start family history research in Georgia.[5] Genealogies, county histories, newspapers, tax digests, private papers, church records, cemeteries, Bible records, municipal records, census, maps, land plats, photographs, Georgia Confederate service and pension records, colonial, headright & bounty land grants, land lottery, and Georgia county records.

Similar Collections

  • Atlanta History Center, sources for studying Atlanta and southern regional history and culture such as family and county histories, Sons of the American Revolution library, holdings for Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee genealogy.[6]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Home in DeKalb History Center (accessed 13 January 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Archives & Research in DeKalb History Center (accessed 13 January 2016).
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  6. Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 85. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  8. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 33. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  9. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
  10. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
  11. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  12. The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
  14. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.