Georgia Historical Society

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Georgia Historical Society
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]


Street address: 501 Whitaker Street
Mailing address: 104 W. Gaston Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Telephone: 912-651-2125 or Toll Free: 877-424-4789
Research Center: 912-651-2128
Fax: 912-651-2831
Research Center Hours: Wed., Thu., Fri. 12 - 5, and 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 10 - 5.

Map, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

They have almost as many genealogical sources as the Georgia Archives.[1] Birth, marriages, and deaths 1803-1890.[2] Their collection has 4 million manuscripts, 100,000 photographs, 30,000 architectural drawings, 15,000 books, maps, portraits, and artifacts. This includes family papers, military records from every Georgia war, papers of Georgia’s leaders, colonial account books, diaries, plantation records, papers of social and cultural organizations, and business records from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The periodical collection includes the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection of photographs holds portraits of many Georgia leaders.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Georgia Historical Society, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers lists, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, and workshops.[3]
  • 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.[4] 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.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Death Records in Georgia Archives (accessed 10 January 2016).
  3. Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 84. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  6. 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.
  7. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
  8. Contact Us in Georgia Genealogical Society (accessed 8 January 2016).
  9. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
  10. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  11. The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
  13. Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).