Georgia Archives and Libraries
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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
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
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
- 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.
- Holdings include state government records, county records, and Georgia histories. This is the best place to start family history research in Georgia. 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 Department of Archives and History. A Preliminary Guide to Eighteenth-Century Records Held by the Georgia Department of Archives and History (Atlanta, Ga.: GDAH, 1976). WorldCat 5089484 FHL Fiche 6100334; Book 975.8 A3pg.
- Robert Scott Davis Jr. Research in Georgia (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1981). WorldCat 7406263 FHL Book 975.8 D27d.
- Digital Library of Georgia, a gate way to Georgia's history and culture.
Georgia Genealogical Society
- They provide research advice, but have no library collection or building of their own.
Georgia Historical Society
- They have almost as many genealogical sources as the Georgia Archives.
Athens-Clarke Co Library Heritage Rm
- 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.
Atlanta-Fulton Public Central LibraryAtlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library Special Collections
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
Internet: Special Collections
- Their Historic Georgia, and Genealogy collections are large with good coverage of the Southeast United States. 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.
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.
Coweta Co Gen Soc Research Library
Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library
8 Carmichael Street
Internet: Research Library
- Holdings include the best set of family folders in Georgia.
DeKalb History CenterDeKalb History Center
Old Courthouse on the Square
101 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
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.
Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
Moultrie-Colquitt County Library
204 5th Street, S.E.
Moultrie, Georgia 31768 USA
Internet: Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
- Emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.
Georgia Salzburger Society
- Histories, journals, genealogical records, and church histories.
Gilbert H. Gragg LibraryGilbert H. Gragg Library a Southwest Georgia Regional Library
301 S. Monroe Street
Bainbridge, Georgia 39819
Internet: Gilbert H. Gragg Library
- They have very good book, surname folder, genealogy, newspaper, and oral history collections.
Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library
Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library
Street address: 20 S. College St.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 595
Homerville, GA 31634
Internet:Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc.
- This collection covers the southeast United States well, including 14,000 files on families from south Georgia and north Florida.
Ladson Genealogical Library
Ladson Genealogical Library
Ohoopee Regional Library System
125 Church Street, Suite 104
Vidalia, GA 30474
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Debra Fennell, Heritage Librarian
Internet: Ladson Genealogical Library
- This is primarily a book collection, but their genealogical sources cover the entire Atlantic seaboard. Also has historic photos and school records of Toombs and Montgomery counties.
Thomasville Gen, Hist & Fine Arts Library
Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library
135 North Broad Street
Thomasville, Georgia 31792 USA
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.
University of Georgia Main LibraryUniversity of Georgia Main Library
320 S. Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602-1641
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.
Washington Memorial LibraryWashington Memorial Library a Middle Georgia Regional Library
Genealogical & Historical Room
1180 Washington Avenue
Macon, GA 31201-1790
Internet: Genealogical & Historical Room
- One of the best collections in Georgia for genealogy, African Americans, and local history. 32,000 volumes, 24,000 microfilms with an emphasis on the 13 American colonies, the American Revolutionary War, England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.
Outside of Georgia Repositories
Dallas Public Central LibraryDallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987 USA
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.
For Further Reading
- 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.
- 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.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
- Contact Us in Georgia Genealogical Society (accessed 11 January 2016).
- Subject Guides in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
- Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
- Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 11 September 2015).
- Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library History in Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. (accessed 15 January 2016).
- Ladson Genealogical Library in Ohoopee Regional Library System (accessed 8 Janary 2016)
- Library Resources in The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library (accessed 8 January 2016).
- The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle George Regional Library (accessed 8 January 2016).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.