- 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305-1380
Telephone: Kenan Research Center 404-814-4040
Hours and holidays: Kenan Research Center: Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm. Holidays.
Directions, maps, and public transportation:
- Driving directions
- Map: Google map: Atlanta History Center
- Public transportation:  Take the MARTA train to the Buckhead Station on the Red Line. Keep your rail ticket as a transfer pass.
- Take the Peachtree Road exit out of Buckhead Station (not via the bridge) and go up the first set of stairs after exiting the fare gate. At street level is a bus stop where you transfer to southbound bus #110 Peachtree Street/"The Peach". Tell the bus driver that you’d like to exit at West Paces Ferry Road.
- Exit the bus where Peachtree Street and Roswell Road fork together at Sardis Way. At that forked intersection, make a right on West Paces Ferry Road (toward Johnny Rockets) and proceed west two blocks. The Atlanta History Center is located on the left.
Internet sites and databases:
- Atlanta History Center explore, visit, programs, membership, research, rentals, about us, newsroom, contact, and buy tickets.
- Kenan Research Center archives, resources, search collections, genealogy programs, Cherokee Garden Library, and Veterans History Project.
- Terminus Kenan Research Center online catalog searchable by keyword, title, author, subject, and more. Also available in WorldCat.
- Finding Aids that describe 250 collections like the Civil War, Atlanta politics, women's history, and African American history.
- Garrett's Necrology Genealogy Database white men (and their spouses) from the metropolitan Atlanta area, twenty-one years of age or older, who died between 1857 and 1931.
- Album database of 20,000 online photos.
- Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South 1,000 articles on over 17,000 pages.
Sources for studing 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. Their collection includes African-American history and the Civil Rights movement; Atlanta politics; gay and lesbian historical studies; regional photography and the history of photography; folklore; transportation and economic development; the Beverly M. DuBose Jr. library on Civil War and military ordnance; and Thomas S. Dickey library of the Sons of the American Revolution genealogy collection; family and county histories from Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Alabama. They also have Georgia censuses and indexes, the Garrett Necrology (cemetery survey and obituary abstracts) 1855–1933, Fulton County estate records, and historic Atlanta newspapers.
Special offers tours, sweetheart package, free admission weekends, military discounts, and hotel deals.
If you cannot find the record you seek through the Atlanta History Center, 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.
- DeKalb History Center, Decatur, subject files, biographical files, cemetery index, maps, manuscripts, photographs, rare books, memoirs, yearbooks, and Atlanta City and suburban directories.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and 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.
- North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, has so many county court records they have not all been cataloged, NC government records at the state, district, and county levels, maps, war records.
- 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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hours & Directions in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 January 2016).
- ↑ Contact Us in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 January 2016).
- ↑ Research in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 January 2016).
- ↑ Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ Genealogy and Family History of the Southeastern U.S. in Atlanta History Center (accessed 12 January 2016).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
- ↑ Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 86. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
- ↑ Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
- ↑ Living History Museum in Visit Ebenezer (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
- ↑ Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).