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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Georgia.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Georgia[edit | edit source]

National Archives at Atlanta · Georgia Archives · Georgia Genealogical Society · Georgia Historical Society · Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room · Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library · Atlanta History Center · Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library · DeKalb History Center · Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library · Georgia Salzburger Society · Gilbert H. Gragg Library · Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library · Ladson Genealogical Library · Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library · University of Georgia Main Library · Washington Memorial Library · Dallas Public Central Library

Online Records of Georgia[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

National Archives at Atlanta (in Morrow)

National Repositories[edit | edit source]

National Archives at Atlanta[edit | edit source]

National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260 USA
Phone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547
Internet: National Archives at Atlanta

The Archives at Atlanta has records from over 100 federal agencies and courts in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Also includes Vice Admiralty Courts of SC, Constitutional rights, Revolutionary War, Civil War, reconstruction, World Wars I and II, and space exploration. Microfilms for censuses, diplomatic missions, military service records, bounty-land applications, passenger arrival lists, naturalizations, American Indians, and African Americans.[1]

Georgia Archives in Morrow

Statewide Repositories[edit | edit source]

Georgia Archives[edit | edit source]

Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Telephone: 678 364-3710
Fax: 678-364-3860
E-mail: Ask an Archivist form
Internet: Georgia Archives

Holdings include state government records, county records, and Georgia histories. This is the best place to start family history research in Georgia.[2] They preserve genealogies, county histories, newspapers, tax digests, private papers, church records, cemeteries, Bible records, a few municipal records, census, maps, land plats, photographs, Georgia Confederate service and pension records, colonial, headright, and bounty land grants, land lottery, and Georgia county records.
Georgia's Virtual Vault provides virtual access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives. It includes Colonial will books, Confederate pension applications, County maps, County tax digests, Georgia death certificates, headright and bounty plats, marriage records, Spanish-American War service summary cards and more.
Two helpful guides to the collection are:

Georgia Genealogical Society[edit | edit source]

Georgia Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 550247
Atlanta, GA 30355-2747
E-mail: Contact form
Internet: Georgia Genealogical Society

They provide research advice, but have no library collection or building of their own.[3]

Georgia Historical Society in Savannah

Georgia Historical Society[edit | edit source]

Georgia Historical Society
501 Whitaker Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Telephone: 912-651-2128
Fax: 912-651-2831
Internet: About the Research Center

They have almost as many genealogical sources as the Georgia Archives.[2]

Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens

Regional Repositories[edit | edit source]

Athens-Clarke Co Library Heritage Rm[edit | edit source]

Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room
2025 Baxter Street
Athens,GA 30606
Telephone: 706-613-3650 ext 350
Internet: Heritage Room

This book, map, microfilm and archival collection spans the southeastern United States and up the East Coast, with limited holdings pertaining to New England. Local history holdings include vertical files, surname files and newspapers.[4]

Atlanta-Fulton Public Central Library[edit | edit source]

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library Special Collections
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-730-1896
Internet: Special Collections

Their Historic Georgia, and Genealogy collections are large with good coverage of the Southeast United States.[2] They have county histories, family histories, limited indexes to wills, deeds, military rosters, passenger lists, and Atlanta city directories, Georgia censuses 1820-1930, local histories, and Georgia newspapers.[5]

Atlanta History Center rear

Atlanta History Center[edit | edit source]

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Telephone: 404-814-4000
E-mail: Contact Us form
Internet: Atlanta History Center

Sources for studying Atlanta and southern regional history and culture. The 42,000 square foot library possesses over 15,000 cubic feet of records, including 33,000 published volumes, more than 2,000 manuscript and photograph collections, and 7,800 rolls of microfilm.[6]

Coweta Co Gen Soc Research Library[edit | edit source]

Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library
8 Carmichael Street
Newnan, Georgia
Telephone: 470-215-1966
Internet: Research Library

Holdings include the best set of family folders in Georgia.[2]

DeKalb History Center[edit | edit source]

DeKalb History Center in Decatur

DeKalb History Center
Old Courthouse on the Square
101 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: 404-373-1088
Fax: 404-373-8287
Internet: DeKalb History Center

Subject files, biographical files, DeKalb County cemetery index, maps, manuscripts, photographs, rare books, DeKalb County collection such as memoirs, yearbooks, and Atlanta City and suburban directories.[7]

Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library[edit | edit source]

Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
Moultrie-Colquitt County Library
204 5th Street, S.E.
Moultrie, Georgia 31768 USA
Telephone: 229-985-6540
Internet: Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library

Emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.[2]

Georgia Salzburger Society[edit | edit source]

Georgia Salzburger Society
Loest Research Library
2980 Ebenezer Road
Georgia Highway 275
Rincon, Georgia 31326
Telephone: 912-754-7001
Internet: Genealogy

Histories, journals, genealogical records, and church histories.[8]

Gilbert H. Gragg Library[edit | edit source]

Gilbert H. Gragg Library in Bainbridge

Gilbert H. Gragg Library a Southwest Georgia Regional Library
301 S. Monroe Street
Bainbridge, Georgia 39819
Telephone: 229-248-2665
Fax: 229-248-2670
Internet: Gilbert H. Gragg Library

They have very good book, surname folder, genealogy, newspaper, and oral history collections.[2]

Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library[edit | edit source]

Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library
Street address: 20 S. College St.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 595
Homerville, GA 31634
Telephone: 912-487-2310
Internet:Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc.

This collection covers the southeast United States well,[2] including 14,000 files on families from south Georgia and north Florida.[9]

Ladson Genealogical Library[edit | edit source]

Ladson Genealogical Library
Ohoopee Regional Library System
125 Church Street, Suite 104
Vidalia, GA 30474
Telephone: 912-537-8186
E-mail: Debra Fennell, Heritage Librarian
Internet: Ladson Genealogical Library

This is primarily a book collection, but their genealogical sources cover the entire Atlantic seaboard.[2] Also has historic photos and school records of Toombs and Montgomery counties.[10]

Thomasville Gen, Hist & Fine Arts Library[edit | edit source]

Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library
135 North Broad Street
Thomasville, Georgia 31792 USA
Telephone: 229-226-9640
Fax: 229-226-3199
Internet: The Thomasville Genealogical, History & Fine Arts Library

Good collection of southern states family history material such as immigration records, marriages and deaths, Internet access, censuses, and state and county histories. Thomas County records include probate, marriage, land, Confederate pensions, Revolutionary War pension applications, newspapers, the Hopkins Collection, and African American obituaries.[11]

University of Georgia Main Library[edit | edit source]

University of Georgia Main Library in Athens

University of Georgia Main Library
320 S. Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602-1641
Telephone: 706-542-3251
E-mail: Ask a question form
Internet: UGA Libraries

They have the largest collection in the state of manuscripts about early Georgia settlers. Also, they hold county histories, county records, family records, biographies and newspapers.[2]

Washington Memorial Library[edit | edit source]

Washington Memorial Library in Macon

Washington Memorial Library a Middle Georgia Regional Library
Genealogical & Historical Room
1180 Washington Avenue
Macon, GA 31201-1790
Telephone: 478-744-0821
Internet: Genealogical & Historical Room

One of the best collections in Georgia for genealogy, African Americans, and local history.[2] 32,000 volumes, 24,000 microfilms with an emphasis on the 13 American colonies, the American Revolutionary War, England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.[12]

Outside of Georgia Repositories[edit | edit source]

Dallas Public Central Library[edit | edit source]

Dallas Public Central Library in Texas

Dallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987 USA
Telephone: 214-670-1433
Internet: Dallas Public Library Genealogy

Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Georgia, Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[13]

For Further Reading[edit | edit source]

  • Ellen Garrison, ed., Archives in Appalachia: A Directory (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). WorldCat 12712710; FHL Book 975 A3a. This work covers the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The record is arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  3. Contact Us in Georgia Genealogical Society (accessed 11 January 2016).
  4. Subject Guides in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  5. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
  6. Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  7. Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  8. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
  9. Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library History in Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. (accessed 15 January 2016).
  10. Ladson Genealogical Library in Ohoopee Regional Library System (accessed 8 Janary 2016)
  11. Library Resources in The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library (accessed 8 January 2016).
  12. The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle George Regional Library (accessed 8 January 2016).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.