|Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library
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- 1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, Georgia 31792 USA
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed holidays.
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The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library is a major repository of materials for family research with a major emphasis on the southern states, including Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and Kentucky, as well as Mid-Atlantic and New England holdings. They also have many documented family histories, immigration records, marriages and deaths, Internet access, censuses, and state and county histories.
Their Thomas County, Georgia records include probate, marriage, land, Confederate pensions, Revolutionary War pension applications, and newspapers.
They also have major genealogical collections such as the Hollingsworth Genealogical Card File (southeast USA), Leonardo Andrea collection (South Carolina), Hopkins collection (Thomas County, Georgia), and Singletary family collection (Bladen County, North Carolina).
Planned move. They have announced plans to move to Thomas University in summer 2016.
If you cannot visit or find a record at the Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library, 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.</ref> 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.
- 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, have the best set of family folders in Georgia. They also have Civil War records, DAR and Revolutionary War records, pension and bounty land records, immigration indexes, censuses, church records and histories.
- Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Moultrie, emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection.</ref>
- Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library, Homerville, their genealogical collection covers the Southeast United States well,</ref> including 14,000 files on families from south Georgia and north Florida.
- 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.
- Thomas County Health Department, Thomasville, birth and death records.
- Thomas County Clerk of the Probate Court, Thomasville, marriage and probate records.
- Thomas County Clerk of the Superior Court, Thomasville, divorce and court records since 1919, and land records since 1826.
- Thomas County Public Library
- Thomas County Coroner suspicious deaths.
- Repositories in surrounding counties in Georgia: Brooks, Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, in Florida: Jefferson, and Leon.
- 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.
- 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.</ref>
- 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.
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia, Atlanta, family histories, immigration, East Europe, Georgia, North America.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish records.
- University of Georgia Main Library, Athens, largest collection for early Georgia settlers. Also, they hold county histories, county records, family records, biographies and newspapers.</ref>
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Alabama, Florida, 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, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many Georgia Archives microfilms are also available at branch FamilySearch Centers in local church buildings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Library Resources in The Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library (accessed 8 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.
- ↑ Subject Guides in Athens Regional Library System (accessed 25 January 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
- ↑ CCGS Inventory an MS Excel database with link on Records - Digital and Print in Coweta County Genealogical Society (accessed 12 January 2016).
- ↑ Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library History in Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. (accessed 15 January 2016).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 33. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ The Genealogical and Historical Room in Middle Georgia Regional Library (accessed 17 January 2016).
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Handybook for Genealogists (Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers Inc, 1999), 91. WorldCat 670125599; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
- ↑ William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 33. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Special Collections in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (accessed 8 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).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.