Gilbert H. Gragg Library

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Gilbert H. Gragg Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



Decatur County - Gilbert H. Gragg Library
a Southwest Georgia Regional Library
301 S. Monroe Street
Bainbridge, Georgia 39819

Telephone:[1]  229.248.2665
Fax: 229.248.2670

Hours:[1] Mon 9am-8pm; Tue, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm; Thu 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-4pm.

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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

They have very good book, surname folder, genealogy, newspaper, and oral history collections.[2] The genealogy room offers local histories, yearbooks, microfilm of local newspapers, and numerous other helpful resources.[1]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot find the record you seek through the Gilbert H. Gragg Library, 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

  • Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room book, map, microfilm and archival collection spans the southeastern USA and East Coast, with some New England, vertical files, surname files, and newspapers. Local history holdings include vertical files, surname files and newspapers.[6]
  • Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library, large collection with good coverage of the southeast USA.[7] They have county histories, family histories, will indexes, deeds, military rosters, passenger lists, Atlanta city directories, Georgia censuses 1820-1930, local histories, and newspapers.[8]
  • Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Moultrie, emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.
  • Ladson Genealogical Library, Vidalia, primarily a book collection, but their genealogical sources cover the entire Atlantic seaboard.</ref> Also has historic photos and school records of Toombs and Montgomery counties.[9]
  • Washington Memorial Library, Macon, one of the best collections in Georgia for genealogy, African Americans, and local history.[10]  Emphasis on the 13 colonies, American Revolution, and Great Britain.[11]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Decatur County - Gilbert H. Gragg Library in Southwest Georgia Regional Library (accessed 14 January 2016).
  2. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  6. Athens-Clark County Library Heritage Room in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  7. 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.
  8. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
  9. Ladson Genealogical Library in Ohoopee Regional Library System (accessed 8 Janary 2016)
  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. 12.0 12.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 85. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  13. Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  14. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
  15. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.