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Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mithchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: Reference 404-730-4636; Genealogy (Special Collections) 404-730-1896
Hours and holidays: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 2-6pm; Holiday closings
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Internet sites and databases:
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System locations, calendar, books and materials, services, and about us.
- Special Collections using genealogy resources, focus on the genealogy collection, arrangement, indexes and directories, reference service, pathfinders, and outside resources.
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Catalog online. Search by keyword, title, author, subject, ISBN, or series. Also available in WorldCat.
- Genealogy databases
They have large genealogical collection with good coverage of the southeast USA. Special Collections on the 5th floor have county histories, family histories, will indexes, deeds, military rosters, passenger lists, Atlanta city directories, Georgia censuses 1820-1930, local histories, and newspapers.
If you cannot find the record you seek through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library, a similar record may be available at one of the following.
- 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.
- National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers lists, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, and workshops.
- 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.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records. Many Georgia Archives microfilms are also available at branch FamilySearch Centers in local LDS churches, and described in their online FamilySearch Catalog.
- Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases including Georgia and other Southern states.
- Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Moultrie, emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.
- Gilbert H. Gragg Library, Bainbridge, has very good book, surname folder, genealogy, newspaper, and oral history collections.
- Ladson Genealogical Library, Vidalia, 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.
- Washington Memorial Library, Macon, one of the best collections in Georgia for genealogy, African Americans, and local history. Emphasis on the 13 colonies, American Revolution, and Great Britain.
- Fulton County Health Department, Atlanta, births since 1896, deaths since 1887.
- Fulton County Clerk of the Probate Court, Atlanta, county marriages, and probate records.
- Fulton County Clerk of the Superior Court, Atlanta, land records, divorces, and court records since 1854.
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Atlanta, members, meetings, newsletter, surname queries, links.
- Atlanta History Center, Kenan Research Center, extensive Georgia family and county histories, Sons of the American Revolution library, holdings for North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama genealogy.
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia, Atlanta, family histories, immigration, East Europe, Georgia, North America.
- Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, papers of the administration.
- Atlanta Area Family History Centers, can order microfilms from Salt Lake City for a small fee.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, and Gwinnett.
- Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library, Newnan, has the best set of family folders in Georgia.
- DeKalb History Center, Decatur, subject files, biographical files, cemetery index, maps, manuscripts, photographs, rare books, memoirs, yearbooks, and Atlanta City and suburban directories.
- Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, 4 million manuscripts, photos, papers, military, diaries, plantation records. They have almost as many genealogical sources as the Georgia Archives.
- Georgia Genealogical Society, Atlanta, events, meetings, membership, publications and index, and research tools, but no library. They provide advice, but do not conduct research for you.
- Georgia Salzburger Society, Rincon, histories, journals, genealogical records, and church histories.
- University of Georgia Main Library, Athens, largest collection for early Georgia settlers. Also, they hold county histories, county records, family records, biographies and newspapers.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
- ↑ Live Help in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library (accessed 12 January 2016).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Central Library in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library (accessed 12 January 2016).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 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.
- ↑ Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
- ↑ Ladson Genealogical Library in Ohoopee Regional Library System (accessed 8 Janary 2016)
- ↑ The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 86. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
- ↑ Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 11 September 2015).