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Columbus Public Library
Attention: Genealogy Department
3000 Macon Rd
Columbus, GA 31906

This is an excellent source for genealogical materials. It has microfilm for the court records. When writing for information, please remember to include a SASE. The Reference Department has microfilm copies of the Columbus newspapers, beginning 1828, some papers are missing. They also have some old city directories from the later 1800's. The genealogy department of the library has a list of people who do research for a fee in this area. Please enclose a SASE when requesting these names.

From personal experience, the Genealogy Department staff is great. They do everything possible to work on your requests. Please do not ask them to do all of your work. They have had people send them a blank tree and ask for them to fill in the blanks. They are not paid genealogists and can not do that type of request.

Other Branches - Columbus

Mildred L. Terry Branch
640 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA
(706) 649-0787

North Columbus Branch
5689 Armour Rd
Columbus, GA
(706) 649-1150

South Columbus Branch
2034 S. Lumpkin Rd
Columbus, GA
(706) 685-7701

12th Street Branch
111 12th Street
Columbus, GA
(706) 649-0789

Columbus State University Archives

Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
Archives: (706) 568-2247
General Information (706) 562-1492

They specialize in the history of the Chattahoochee Valley. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff!

Chattahoochee Valley
Regional Library System

Washington Memorial Library - Macon

  • Washington Memorial Library
    1180 Washington Ave.
    Macon, GA 31201
    Genealogical and Historical Room has one of the largest collections in the southeast. Contains 21,000 books, 15,000 microfilms, 259 maps and 60 subscriptions. Summary of Resources Available in the Library The library serves over 13,000 researchers annually.
    Hours: Monday 9-9 / Tuesday - Saturday 9-6 / closed Sunday Directions from Atlanta: Take I-75 South to Exit 52 (Hardeman-Forsyth Ave) and proceed to the second traffic light (Forsyth Ave). Turn left onto Forsyth Ave and go through two traffic lights (stay in left lane). At third traffic light (College St) turn left. Go to next traffic light and turn right onto Washington Ave. Library is just ahead on the right. Courtesy of Bibb County page
    Newspaper-Macon Telegraph indexed on computer from 1899. However, the newspaper is also indexed in the genealogy room in books for dates prior to that. Click on "Genealogy and History Room". Provides a generic listing of the categories of materials they hold.
    Confederate Soldier and Pension Records
     Write to:
         Willard Rocker, Director of Genealogy
         Washington Memorial Library
         Genealogy & Archives
         1180 Washington Ave 
         Macon, Georgia 31201 
         Ph.: (912) 744-0820
    The library has graciously agreed to provide this service. Please follow the guidelines.
    Submit ONLY 2 Soldier's names at one time. (Can reorder after receipt of research) 
    40 cent per page, plus postage, to be paid upon receiving material. 


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  • Even More Georgia Public Libraries Links

  • Mercer Library Special Collections. Macon, GA.
    Stored on Micro film and available thru library loan.
    Located in the Georgia Baptist History Depository, Special
    Collections, Main Library, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia  
    Susan G. Broome
    Head of Special Collections
    Baptist and University Archives
    (478) 752-2968---------- Fax: (478) 752-2111
    E-mail: broome_sg@Mercer.EDU
    Mercer University Jack Tarver Library  Phone  (478) 301-2968
    1300 Edgewood Avenue                   Fax    (478) 301-2111
    Macon, GA 31207-0001                   Email
    Founded in 1964, it is dedicated to  preservation of records pertaining to the
    history of Baptists in Georgia and in the United States; semi-annual
    newsletter, The Circular Letter, and biannual journal, Viewpoints: Georgia Baptist
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 9-Noon, 1-5.
    Mercer Library Links-Early GA Baptist Records
    Mercer University-1400 Coleman Ave., Macon, GA. 31207.  The library phone is
    (912) 752-2057. 
    Georgia Baptist History - Depository contains records of individual churches, papers and publications. 
    The Christian Index-published indices to marriages (1828-1855) and obituaries (1822-1879, 
    1880-1890) and some unpublished marriages, ordinations, retirements, and obituaries. Microfilm.
    1300 Edgewood Ave, Macon 31207-0001 (912)752-2079. 
    Special Collection hours are Mon-Fri 9am-12; 1pm-5pm.



    Clicking on "State Archives" will give you complete directions and hours of operation.

    Under "Programs and Services" choose "Reference" This covers General Genealogy Information, Military, Ethnic Genealogy (excellent guidelines/suggestions)

    History online catalog, GIL (Galileo Interconnected Libraries):

              At this time, the catalog includes ONLY the following materials:
              *  Books and periodicals
              *  Microfilm of the following county records:
              *  Superior Court Minutes
              *  Deeds & Mortgages
              *  Deed & Mortgage Indexes
              *  Marriages
              *  Wills
              *  Inventories
              *  Administrators' Bonds
              *  Letters of Administration
              *  Annual Returns
              *  Service Records
              *  WWI Discharge Records
                 Volume, box and drawer number information is available at the 
                 Archives in the microfilm card catalog. Other county records
                 in addition to the series listed above are also available at
                 the Archives on microfilm.
              *  Descriptions for approximately 370 out of 1921 series of original
       	     state records, including all records series from the Governor and
                 the Secretary of State. These are series-level descriptions. Inventories
                 with box and folder listings are available at the Archives.
              *  233 manuscript collections. These are collection or series-level
    	     descriptions. Inventories with box and folder listings are available
    	     at the Archives.  Georgia Archives GIL will continue to grow as we add
    	     records to the catalog.

    PALS - on line catalogs Submit "keyword" searches for many libraries in Georgia!

    Take TIME to explore their links.

    Georgia Department of Archives and History, Office of Secretary of State, 330 Capitol Avenue, Southeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30334 (404)656-2393

  • Mail-in form for searches. Research fee charged.

  • Georgia USGenWeb Archives-On-Line
    Consider archiving your Bible Records, Deeds, Wills, etc.
    Table of Contents listed by County.

    Let's get to work on MUSCOGEE!
    Send via e-mail in "plain text" to Virginia Crilley
    GUIDELINES for Posting

  • Atlanta History Center/Library Archives Information on their collections. Library Catalog available through PALS.

    LDS Family History Centers

  • MACON 1624 Williamson Rd. 912-788-5885

  • National Archives (Southeast Region) East Point, GA
    Friends of the National Archives, Southeast (FNAS) publishes Archives Tidbits bimonthly. Gives helpful information in using the Archives and announces programs of the Archives.
    Membership costs $10 (individual) $12 (couple). Address: FNAS, 1557 St. Joseph Ave, East Point, GA 30344.

    Form 80 (Military service and pension records prior to World War I, including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, and Spanish-American War); Form 81 (Passenger Arrivals) Form 82 (Copies of Census Records) Form 83 (Eastern Cherokee Applications) Form 180 (Military service records, World War I and later).

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