5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Hours and holidays: Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
As of July 1, 2013, the Georgia Archives was transferred to the University System of Georgia, which helped ease budgetary concerns. 
Directions, maps, and public transportation: From anywhere in Metro Atlanta, take I-285 to exit 55, Jonesboro Road. From the east, turn left; from the west, turn right onto Jonesboro Road. Drive about 4 miles and the Archive will be on your left, just after Harper Drive. The Georgia Archive shares a parking lot with the National Archives at Atlanta branch and is the building on the right.
Internet sites and databases:
The Georgia Archives holds state government records, and county records of Georgia. This is the place to start searching for early Georgia ancestors. They also have genealogies, county histories, newspapers, tax digests, private papers, church records, cemeteries, Bible records, a few municipal records, census, maps, land plats, photographs, Georgia Confederate service and pension records, colonial, headright, and bounty land grants, and land lottery records.
The Georgia Archives is overseen by the University System of Georgia. They are responsible for collecting and maintaining the historical records of Georgia government and history. 
- County Records On Microfilm - One of the largest collections of interest, comprising records created by Georgia counties until 1900. An index of records is maintained on a card catalog. Records include Wills, Marriage Records, Land Records, Minute Books, etc.
- Books - The archive holds thousands of books covering all 50 states and a variety of genealogical topics.
- Vertical Files - Miscellaneous records collected by the archive covering a variety of topics, including cemeteries, war, and specific surnames.
- General Name Card Files - A card catalog of select individuals found in the records of the archive, mainly political or socially prominent individuals.
Georgia's Virtual Vault provides virtual access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives. It includes Colonial will books, Confederate pension applications, County maps, County tax digests, Georgia death certificates, headright and bounty plats, marriage records, Spanish-American War service summary cards and more.
Due to restricted hours, microfilm readers with computers and printers attached are in high demand. Users may have to wait or sign up in advance for the machines and will likely be limited to an hour's use at a time. Numerous older, hand crank machines are available, though less sought after.
If you cannot visit or find a record at the Georgia Archives, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Atlanta History Center, sources for studying Atlanta and southern regional history and culture such as family and county histories, Sons of the American Revolution library, holdings for Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee 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.
- 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.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Henry, and Spalding.
- Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room book, map, microfilm and archival collection spans the southeastern USA and East Coast, with some New England, vertical files, surname files, and newspapers. Local history holdings include vertical files, surname files and newspapers.
- Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Library, Newnan, holdings include 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.
- 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, Louisiana, Mississippi, 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.
- ↑ http://www.usg.edu/news/release/state_archives_join_university_system
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d. Cite error: Invalid
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- ↑ Departments of Academic Affairs in University System of Georgia (accessed 11 January 2016), and About the Georgia Archives in University System of Georgia (accessed 11 January 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 127-28.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 84. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
- ↑ Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 January 2016).
- ↑ Kenan Research Center in Atlanta History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ Subject Guides in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
- ↑ Collections in DeKalb History Center (accessed 11 September 2015).
- ↑ Contact Us in Georgia Genealogical Society (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).