Are you interested in learning more about your ancestors? This subject guide contains a small list of the materials available at the Library that will help to get you started tracing your family history. Additionally, this guide includes links to resources that can assist you in expanding your search.
If your family is from the South, make sure to visit the 2nd floor of the Decatur Library. There you will find a wealth of resources, some general and some specific to counties and families in Georgia and surrounding states. Most of these items can be found in the 929 dewey call number range. While there, make sure to check out our microfilm and microfiche holdings on genealogy related resources, including the Atlanta City Directory; the Marriage, Divorce, and Death Registers for Georgia; Georgia State Census; and newspapers including the DeKalb News Era, the Atlanta Constution, the Atlanta Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.
An extensive resource that includes U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, the Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection. Only available inside the library.
With coverage dating back to the late 1700s, HeritageQuest combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with digitized collections of family histories and other primary source documents. The database also includes Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files and Freedman’s Bank Records.
Comprehensive coverage of obituaries and death notices from 1704 through today, for genealogists and family historians. Search thousands of newspapers from all U.S. states and territories. Includes original obituary images from historical newspapers and digitized content from the mid-to-late 1900s. New records added daily.
The Ancestry.com Wiki is a great place to find a great deal of articles and resources on any topic in genealogy. Digitized versions of two major reference sources, The Red Book and The Source, can be found at this site. This resource is free to access.
Emory University, with the assistance of a Lyrasis Sloan Foundation Grant, has created digital copies of the Atlanta City Directory from 1859⁄1860 to 1922. A precursor to the modern phone book, city directories provide researchers with a great deal of information for individuals including the name, occupation, spouse, and employer.
Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836 – 1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Click on the U. S. Newspaper Directory to search for newspapers by date, ethnicity, and location. From the Library of Congress.
This website is an index to more than 250,000 genealogy related websites.
The DeKalb Historical Society (DHS), established in 1947, is the only organization dedicated to keeping the history of DeKalb County, Georgia through preservation, education and documentation. Resources include oral histories on tape, biographical files and photographs.
The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
This website is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Resources include the International Genealogy Index and the catalog of the Family History Library in Utah. Site also has articles on how to research your family’s history.
The Georgia Archives identifies, collects, provides access and preserves Georgia’s historical documents.
This is the original Georgia GenWeb project. Look here for Georgia genealogy information.
Read the Geogia Vital Records FAQ to see the types of records available and how to obtain them.
This is your portal to some of Georgia’s most important historical documents, from 1733 to the present. The Virtual Vault provides virtual access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives.
Red Book is designed to help family historians learn where to find information about their ancestors by taking an approach focused on localities. Organized by state, the content directs users to resources in areas including Vital Records, Census, Land, Tax, Probate, Cemetery, Church and Military Records.
This document, availalble at the Brigham Young Univeristy website, includes an extensive list of resources that can be used to research families from Georgia.
This site contains a large database of surnames as well as access to government records, mailing lists, and message boards.
This is a volunteer project aimed at providing websites for genealogy research for every county and every state.
This site’s mission is to record and list the grave site information for famous people, family and friends. Free membership offers the ability to post grave site information, pictures and virtual memorials.