National Archives at Atlanta
National Archives Southeast Region (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:
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 of Southeast states, 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.
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 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.
- National Personnel Records Center, 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.
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library has county and family histories, census, passenger lists, wills, land, military, directories, newspapers, government records, Ancestry.com. Auburn Avenue Library has African American material.
- Atlanta Area Family History Centers, can order microfilms for Salt Lake City for a small fee.
- Georgia Genealogical Society, Rome, events, meetings, membership, publications and index, and research tools.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama.
- National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth), censuses, military records, passenger lists, Dawes Commission Indian records, 84,000 cubic feet of documents, photos, and maps, slavery, oil, and space program.
- National Archives Central Plains Region (Kansas City), MO., censuses, military service, pension, and bounty-land applications, bankruptcy and court records, 35,000 cubic feet of documents, photos, and maps.
- Nationa Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago), censuses, military pension and bounty-land applications, bankruptcy and court records, naturalization indexes, Indian censuses of MI, MN, WI, soldier home files.
- Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.
- Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and extensive newspaper clippings.
- Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston TX, newspapers, American Civil War, Biography and Genealogy Master Index, Black Studies, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuestOnline, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.