| National Archives at Atlanta
National Archives at Atlanta building in Morrow, Georgia.
- 5780 Jonesboro Road
- Morrow, Georgia 30260
Telephone: voice 770-968-2100
Hours and holidays: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- Closed Sundays, federal holidays, and Saturdays that precede any federal holiday observed on a Monday.
Directions, maps, and public transportation:
- In Morrow, Georgia six miles southeast of Hartsfield Atlanta Airport. Take I-75 to Exit 233, Morrow. Turn left onto Highway 54/Jonesboro Road. Go about 1-1/2 miles to the second building on the right after Clayton State Blvd.
- Google Map
- Buses canceled. Clayton County Transit Bus 501 and Bus 502 on Hwy 54/Jonesboro Road are suspended.
Internet sites and databases:
- National Archives Southeast (Atlanta) main page
- National Archives Southeast Genealogists/Family Historians page
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD) a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
- Archival Research Catalog (ARC) the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
- Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
Serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Frequently used genealogy sources include censuses and indexes 1790-1930, immigration ship passenger arrivals for the Eastern and Gulf Coasts 1820-1982, military service records, pensions, bounty land warrants, and indexes 1775-1902, Federal naturalization records of U.S. District Courts, land records, bankruptcies 1940-1998, passport applications, Native American 1893 Dawes Commission records, and African American records including Freedmen's Bank depositors, Freedman's Bureau records, and slave manifests in Mobile 1820-1860, and Savannah 1801-1860. The Archives also provides free Internet access to subscription sites like Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, and HeritageQuestOnline.com. Other records at the Archives are postmaster lists, Southeast states 1865-1866 federal tax lists, Atlanta federal penitentiary inmates 1902-1921, the Tennessee Valley Authority since 1933, draft registrations for World War I and World War II. They also offer genealogical classes and workshops, and have a list of independent researchers for hire.
Recently, 54,000 cubic feet of inactive claims folders from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) were transferred to this archives from the Great Lakes Region Archives. These records contain claim files that have inactive for at least seven years. Active files are still with the RRB. The RRB deals only with individuals who worked on the railroads after 1936. For more information visit www.archives.gov.
Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Southeast Region staff.
If you cannot visit or find a record at the National Archives at Atlanta, 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 II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.
- Federal Records Center, Ellenwood, GA., receives records primarily from Federal agencies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
- Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, papers of the administration.
- National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO., has millions of military personnel, health, medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services starting with World War I, and federal employee 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.
- 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.
- Clayton County Clerk of the Probate Court, Jonesboro, county birth, marriage, death, and probate records.
- Clayton County Clerk of the Superior Court, Jonesboro, land records, and divorces since 1859, and court records since 1964.
- Fulton County Health Department, Atlanta, births since 1896, deaths since 1887.
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Library, large collection with good coverage of the southeast USA. They have county histories, family histories, will indexes, deeds, military rosters, passenger lists, Atlanta city directories, Georgia censuses 1820-1930, local histories, and newspapers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Atlanta, members, meetings, newsletter, surname queries, links.
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia, Atlanta, family histories, immigration, East Europe, Georgia, North America.
- Atlanta Area Family History Centers, can order microfilms from Salt Lake City for a small fee.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Campbell, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Spalding.
- 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.
- University of Georgia Main Library, Athens, largest collection of early Georgia settlers. Also, they hold county histories, county records, family records, biographies and newspapers.
- 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.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish records.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.
- Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), Montgomery, military and state censuses, county records on microfilm, family histories, and newspapers.
- State Archives of Florida, Tallahassee, public records, family/county histories, Memory Project.
- Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, microfilmed county records.
- Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, county records on microfilm, newspapers, manuscripts, biographies, and a cemetery index.
- North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, online catalog to 9,000 vols. of country records, and estate papers index.
- South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, county, district, colonial, state records, censuses, wills, Confederate penions, criminals, and land grants.
- Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, vital records, censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, and maps.