Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room

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Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org

Address:[1]

Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room
Athens Regional Library System
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606

Telephone:[1]  706-613-3650 ext 350

Hours and holidays:[1]

  • Heritage Room Monday-Tuesday closed.
  • Heritage Room Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Heritage Room Thursday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Heritage Room Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Heritage Room Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Heritage Room Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m
  • Library hours and holidays.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

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.[2] The Heritage Room serves guests of all ages and experience levels researching into local, regional and state history and genealogy.[3]

The Georgia collection includes newspapers, county and state histories, censuses, the Madison County Cemetery Book, colonial records, Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, Civil War, indexes to deaths-divorces-marriages, WWI draft, and historic maps.[4] The Civil War collection has card files from Georgia Confederate Pensions, some Presidential pardon "Amnesty Papers" 1865-1867, Georgia compiled service records (120,000 Confederate and 4,000 Union), and an index of Confederate POWs who died in prison.[5] Local Athens records include property taxes, budgets, city and student directories, Clarke and Oconee County Confederate pension applications, deeds and mortgages 1801-1960, wills 1802-1955, marriages 1805-1956, and Sanborn fire insurance maps 1885, 1888, 1893, 1898, 1903, 1908, 1913, 1918, and 1926.[6] They also have Freedmen's Bank, Freedmen's Bureau, AAHGS News  and Journal, several sets of Cherokee records, the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and 1,000 pedigree charts from The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, Inc.[7]

The Heritage Room is a department of the Athens-Clarke County Library, part of the Athens Regional Library System, and the Heritage Room maintains separate hours from the rest of the Library.

Research Guides

Tip

Each Heritage Room visitor is asked to register and show a government-issued photo ID.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room, 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.[8]
  • National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers lists, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, and workshops.[9]
  • 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.[10] 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

  • Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Moultrie, emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.[10]
  • Gilbert H. Gragg Library, Bainbridge, has very good book, surname folder, genealogy, newspaper, and oral history collections.[10]
  • Ladson Genealogical Library, Vidalia, primarily a book collection, but their genealogical sources cover the entire Atlantic seaboard.[10] Also has historic photos and school records of Toombs and Montgomery counties.[11]
  • 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.[12]

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Heritage Room News in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  2. Subject Guides in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  3. History of the Heritage Room in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  4. Georgia (Reference Guide) in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  5. Civil War (Reference Guide) in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  6. Athens (Reference Guide) in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  7. Other Genealogy Materials (Reference Guide) in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
  8. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  11. Ladson Genealogical Library in Ohoopee Regional Library System (accessed 8 Janary 2016)
  12. The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 84. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  14. Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
  15. CCGS Inventory an MS Excel database with link on Records - Digital and Print in Coweta County Genealogical Society (accessed 12 January 2016).
  16. Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
  17. Contact Us in Georgia Genealogical Society (accessed 8 January 2016).
  18. Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 11 September 2015).
  19. Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library History in Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. (accessed 15 January 2016).
  20. Library Resources in The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library (accessed 8 January 2016).
  21. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
  22. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.