- 101 E. Court Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Hours and holidays:
- 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:
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.
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.
If you cannot find the record you seek through the DeKalb History Center, a similar record may be available at one of the following.
- 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.
- National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers lists, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, and workshops.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- DeKalb County Clerk of the Probate Court, Decatur, county marriages, and probate records since 1842. Most earlier records were destroyed by a courthouse fire in 1842.
- DeKalb County Clerk of the Superior Court, Decatur, land records, divorces, and court records since 1842. Most earlier records were destroyed by a courthouse fire in 1842.
- Fulton County Health Department, Atlanta, births since 1896, deaths since 1887.
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library, large collection with good coverage of the southeast USA. They have county histories, family histories, will indexes, deeds, military rosters, passenger lists, Atlanta city directories, Georgia censuses 1820-1930, local histories, and newspapers.
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Atlanta, members, meetings, newsletter, surname queries, links.
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia, Atlanta, family histories, immigration, East Europe, Georgia, North America.
- Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, papers of the administration.
- Atlanta Area Family History Centers, allows patrons to view limited-access FamilySearch databases.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Clayton, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale.
- Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library, Newnan, has the best set of family folders in Georgia.
- Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, 4 million manuscripts, photos, papers, military, diaries, plantation records. They have almost as many genealogical sources as the Georgia Archives.
- Georgia Genealogical Society, Atlanta, events, meetings, membership, publications and index, and research tools, but no library. They provide advice, but do not conduct research for you.
- Georgia Salzburger Society, Rincon, histories, journals, genealogical records, and church histories.
- University of Georgia Main Library, Athens, largest collection for early Georgia settlers. Also, they hold county histories, county records, family records, biographies and newspapers.
- Washington Memorial Library, Macon, one of the best collections in Georgia for genealogy, African Americans, and local history. Emphasis on the 13 colonies, American Revolution, and Great Britain.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many Georgia Archives microfilms are also available at branch FamilySearch Centers in local church buildings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and described in their online FamilySearch Catalog.
- Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases including Georgia and other Southern states.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Home in DeKalb History Center (accessed 13 January 2016).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Archives & Research in DeKalb History Center (accessed 13 January 2016).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
- ↑ Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 85. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
- ↑ Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.