Georgia Archives and Libraries

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To Do: describe digital collections at Georgia Virtual Vault/Georgia Archives

The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers:

Georgia Archives

5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 678 364-3700

The Georgia Archives identifiy and preserve Georgia's most valuable historical documents. Georia Archives

Georgia's Virtual Vault provides virtual access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives. It contains some of Georgia's most important historical documents, from 1733 to the present.Georgia's Virtual Vault

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, Georgia. The Department, 1976. (Family History Library FHL 975.8 A3pg microfiche 6100334.)
  • Davis, Robert Scott, Jr. Research in Georgia. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1981. (Family History Library book 975.8 D27d.)

The National Archives at Atlanta

5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Telephone: 770-968-2100

Georgia Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 38066
Atlanta, GA 30334

Georgia Historical Society Library

501 Whitaker Street
Savannah, GA 31499

Washington Memorial Library

Middle Georgia Regional Library
1180 Washington Avenue
Macon, GA 31201

John E. Ladson Jr. Genealogical and Historical Library

119 Church Street
Vidalia, GA 30474

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Georgia counties, use the nine inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Eight of these inventories are available at the Family History Library.

Web Sites

The following sites are important gateways:

The USGenWeb Project

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.


FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.

See Also

A resource for locating archives in Appalachia is:

  • Archives in Appalachia: A Directory. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. (Family History Library book 975 A3a.) The record 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. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository. Also included is a list, under “Coming Attractions,” of agencies that do not currently collect manuscript materials but plan to do so in the future.