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Clarke County

Courthouse

Probate Court

Superior Court

Health Department

Athens Family History Center

Athens-Clarke County Library

University of Georgia Library

 


Oconee County

Courthouse

Probate Court

Superior Court

Oconee County Library

 

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Georgia outline map used with permission from
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Map of Georgia Counties at the Digital Library of Georgia

 

 


 

Clarke County Resources

 

Courthouse

The Clarke County Courthouse is located in downtown Athens, GA between Washington street and Hancock Avenue in the block between Thomas and Jackson Streets. Parking is available in a parking deck that adjoins the courthouse and is entered from Hancock Avenue. In addition to the Washington Street entrance, there is an entrance from the parking deck. At either entrance, you must pass through a security gate, and anything that might be construed as a weapon (including a pocketknife) must be checked with the guard and recovered when you leave.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for holidays. Call ahead if in doubt about holidays.

Georgia County Courthouses- Clarke County by the Digital Library of Georgia

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Probate Court

Probate Court has wills, estate administrations, minor guardianships, marriages, oaths of office, and firearms licenses from the county's formation (1801) to the present time. You can access their web site at www.athensclarkecounty.com/probatecourt/.

The staff does not do lookups, but if you know the location of the record you want (book and page number) they will send you a copy for a fee. Send inquiries to:

Judge of Clarke County Probate Court
Clarke County Courthouse
Room 215
325 East Washington Street
Athens, GA 30601-2750
Phone (706) 613-3320 for marriage licenses
Phone (706) 613-3321 for wills, estates, and guardianships

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Superior Court

Superior Court has land, Civil Court (including divorce), and Criminal Court records from the county's formation (1801) to the present time.

The staff does not do lookups, but if you know the location of the record you want (book and page number) they will send you a copy for a fee. Send inquiries to:

Clerk of Clarke County Superior Court
Clarke County Courthouse
Room 100 for land records; Room 200 for court records
325 East Washington Street
Athens, GA 30601-2750
Phone (706) 613-3195 for land records
Phone (706) 613-3190 for Civil or Criminal Court records

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Health Department

Clarke County Health Department has birth and death records from January 1919. Birth records are only available to close family members; however, death records are generally available to all. Send inquiries to:

Clarke County Health Department
345 North Harris Street
Athens, GA 30601
Phone (706) 542-8600

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Athens Family History Center

The Athens Family History Center is a branch of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located in Salt Lake City, Utah and has a significant collection of print, microform, and CD holdings of genealogical interest. In addition to the materials available locally, patrons of the Family History Center can rent any of the millions of rolls of microfilmed records available in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

The Family History Library Catalog (in Salt Lake City) can be searched at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is located at 706 Whitehead Road in Athens. Call to find out the operating hours (706-543-3052).

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Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room

The Heritage Room has a significant collection of print, microform, and CD holdings for genealogical research in Clarke and other Northeast Georgia Counties. The collection also includes materials for researchers interested in other areas of Georgia, the Southeast, the United States, and other countries.

The on-line catalog can be searched on the Internet at http://www.pines.public.lib.ga.us/.

The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at the corner of Baxter Street and Dudley Drive (across from St. Mary's Hospital) in Athens. The phone number is (706) 613-3650.

Regular Hours for the Heritage Room:
Monday 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
(Closed most public holidays)

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University of Georgia Library

The University of Georgia Main Library has several collections of interest to genealogists.

  • The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which includes the Georgiana Collection, contains rare books and manuscripts plus an extensive collection of history and record books for Georgia, its counties and cities. For research in Georgia, this is a major source. Additional information about this collection can be found at their web site http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/speccoll.html.

  • The fourth floor shelf area houses an extensive collection of books and periodicals of genealogical value for most states, plus a large collection of published genealogies.

  • The microform collection in the basement of the Main Library includes census records and early newspapers.
    The census records include:
    1). Microfilm of all extant Federal Census records for the Southern and border states (coastal states from MD around to TX and as far north as KY, MO, and WV).
    2). Printed indices for the great majority of censuses for the above-listed states from the earliest available through 1870. Soundex indices are available on microfilm for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920.
    3). Some state censuses.

  • Government Documents are housed on the second floor of the Main Library and includes many finding aids for the National Archives holdings.

  • The Reference Area, located on the ground floor of the Main Library, houses several reference books of genealogical interest including printed indices of many of the genealogies on file in the Library of Congress.

The University of Georgia Library Catalog (GIL) can be searched on the Internet at http://gil.uga.edu/.

For more information about genealogy research in the UGA Main Library go to http://www.libs.uga.edu/researchcentral/subjectguides/genealogy.html. UGA parking maps can be accessed at http://www.uga.edu/maps/parking.

The Library is located on the University of Georgia campus between Jackson Street and Herty Drive on top of the hill north of Baldwin Street.

The current hours of operation are listed below, but you are advised to ALWAYS check by phone or on the Internet for any changes. (Hours of operation change when classes are not in session.)
Phone (706) 542-7501
Main Library hours http://www.libs.uga.edu/hours.html

Current hours for the University of Georgia Main Library when classes are in session:
Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 12:00 midnight
Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 am to 12:00 midnight
(Remember to check for changes!)

Current hours for the Hargrett Library and Georgiana Collection when classes are in session:
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed
(Remember to check for changes!)

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Oconee County Resources

 

Courthouse

The Oconee County Courthouse is located in downtown Watkinsville, GA at 23 North Main Street. Public parking is available behind the courthouse. Look for "Visitor Parking" and "Public Parking" signs. Limited one-hour parking is available in front and near the building in the back.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 PM,
except for holidays. Call ahead if in doubt about holidays.

Georgia County Courthouses- Oconee County by the Digital Library of Georgia

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Probate Court

Probate Court has birth, marriage, and death records as well as wills, estate administrations, and minor guardianships from the county's formation (1875) to the present time. The Probate Court office is located in Room 304 of the Oconee County Courthouse at 23 North Main Street in Watkinsville, GA. You can access their web site through www.oconeecounty.net by clicking on Government then Probate Court. Address inquiries to:

Judge of Oconee County Probate Court
PO Box 54
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Phone: (706) 769-3936

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Superior Court

Superior Court has land, Civil Court records (including divorce), and Criminal Court records from the county's formation (1875) to the present time. The Superior Court office is located in Room 208 of the Oconee County Courthouse at 23 North Main Street in Watkinsville, GA. You can also access their web site through www.oconeecounty.net by clicking on Governement then Clerk of Superior Court. Address inquires to:

Clerk of Oconee County Superior Court
PO Box 1099
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Phone: (706) 769-3940

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Oconee County Library Genealogy Room

The Oconee County Library, a branch of the Athens Regional Library System, contains a significant, although eclectic, collection of books and periodicals of value in genealogical research. Much of the collection is comprised of personal libraries donated by retired genealogists and thus reflects the varied but selected interests of those people.

The Oconee Library holdings are included in the Athens Regional Library System's main on-line catalog at http://www.pines.public.lib.ga.us/.


The library is located at 1080 Experiment Station Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677. This is a couple of blocks west of downtown Watkinsville on Georgia Highway 53. The phone number is (706) 769-3950.

Regular hours of operation are:
Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
(Closed most public holidays)

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