| Georgia Historical Society
Street address: 501 Whitaker Street
Mailing address: 104 W. Gaston Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Telephone: Tel 912.651.2125
Toll Free: 877.424.4789
Research Center: 912.651.2128
Fax: Fax 912.651.2831
Research Center Hours: Wed., Thu., Fri. 12 - 5, and 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 10 - 5.
Map, and public transportation:
Internet sites and databases:
They have almost as many genealogical sources as the Georgia Archives. Birth, marriages, and deaths 1803-1890. Their collection has 4 million manuscripts, 100,000 photographs, 30,000 architectural drawings, 15,000 books, maps, portraits, and artifacts. This includes family papers, military records from every Georgia war, papers of Georgia’s leaders, colonial account books, diaries, plantation records, papers of social and cultural organizations, and business records from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The periodical collection includes the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection of photographs holds portraits of many Georgia leaders.
If you cannot visit or find a record at the Georgia Historical Society, a similar record may be available at one of the following.
- 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.
- Coastal Health District GDPH has births 1890-now, marriages, and deaths 1891-now.
- Chatham County Register of Deeds has deeds, births, marriages, and deaths.
- Chatham County Probate Court Clerk has wills, births, marriages, and deaths.
- Chatham County Superior Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1783; land records from 1785, and naturalizations from 1801.
- U.S. District Court
- Bull Street Branch, Live Oak Public Libraries genealogy collection.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah Archives baptism, confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties in Georgia: Bryan, Effingham, in South Carolina: Beaufort, and Jasper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.