Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library

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Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, Georgia 31792 USA

Telephone:[1]  229-226-9640

Hours:[1]  Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed holidays.

Google map:  Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library

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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library is a major repository of materials for family research with a major emphasis on the southern states, including Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and Kentucky, as well as Mid-Atlantic and New England holdings. They also have many documented family histories, immigration records, marriages and deaths, Internet access, censuses, and state and county histories.[1]

Their Thomas County, Georgia records include probate, marriage, land, Confederate pensions, Revolutionary War pension applications, and newspapers.[1]

They also have major genealogical collections such as the Hollingsworth Genealogical Card File (southeast USA), Leonardo Andrea collection (South Carolina), Hopkins collection (Thomas County, Georgia), and Singletary family collection (Bladen County, North Carolina).[1]

Planned move. They have announced plans to move to Thomas University in summer 2016.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts 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.[2]
  • 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. 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.[4]
  • Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library, have the best set of family folders in Georgia.[5] They also have Civil War records, DAR and Revolutionary War records, pension and bounty land records, immigration indexes, censuses, church records and histories.[6]
  • Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Moultrie, emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.
  • Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library, Homerville, their genealogical collection covers the Southeast United States well, including 14,000 files on families from south Georgia and north Florida.[7]
  • Washington Memorial Library, Macon, one of the best collections in Georgia for genealogy, African Americans, and local history.[8]  Emphasis on the 13 colonies, American Revolution, and Great Britain.[9]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Library Resources in The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library (accessed 8 January 2016).
  2. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
  4. Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  6. CCGS Inventory an MS Excel database with link on Records - Digital and Print in Coweta County Genealogical Society (accessed 12 January 2016).
  7. Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library History in Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. (accessed 15 January 2016).
  8. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  9. The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 91. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  11. 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.
  12. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 18 May 2021).
  13. Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  14. Contact Us in Georgia Genealogical Society (accessed 8 January 2016).
  15. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 6 February 2022).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.