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Heritage Room

Visit the Heritage Room to research genealogy, local & Georgia history, and more!

Heritage Room Hours

  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions.

Heritage Room News

May Classes and Events

Book Us! Genealogy One-on-One

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2:00-2:45pm

Heritage Conference Room

Do you have a genealogical “brick wall” you’d like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history?  Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One!
 
As the local history and genealogy arm of the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Heritage Room offers 45-minute personal consultations with a Heritage Room Librarian for genealogists and researchers in need of individualized assistance. Not to replace paid genealogical/research assistance, this free program will have Library staff set aside time to spend with one person, working on one genealogical or local history research question. To register for a session, visit our Events Calendar.

 

Get Fired Up! Property Research Using the Sanborn Maps

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

6:00pm

2nd Floor Computer Classroom

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provide property and land-use records in the form of a map that portrays everyday life. Combined with other sources such as city directories, photographs, small-scale maps, census records, genealogies, and statistical data—the Sanborn Maps provide a glimpse into the past structures of a city or town to allow you to discover how it might have been during the time of your ancestors. Learn the ins and outs of these fascinating maps in our class. Registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

Book Us! Genealogy One-on-One

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

10:00am-10:45am

Heritage Conference Room

Do you have a genealogical “brick wall” you’d like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history?  Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One!
 
As the local history and genealogy arm of the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Heritage Room offers 45-minute personal consultations with a Heritage Room Librarian for genealogists and researchers in need of individualized assistance. Not to replace paid genealogical/research assistance, this free program will have Library staff set aside time to spend with one person, working on one genealogical or local history research question. To register for a session, visit our Events Calendar.

 

Using Military Records to Find Family Information:

A Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society Program & Meeting

Saturday, May 14, 2016

2:00pm

Multipurpose Room A

The program will discuss the types of military records and records associated with military service that may provide leads to family history research. Records from the Revolutionary War through modern times will be highlighted.

 

Terry Manning has traced his lineage through 200 direct line surnames that include 32 Revolutionary War, 2 War of 1812, and 6 Civil War soldiers. He regularly lectures on early American history and genealogy. He is a past president of the Friends of the National Archives, Gwinnett Historical Society, and the Georgia Society and Atlanta and Button Gwinnett chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution.

 

Read All About It: Using the Digital Library of Georgia's Historic Newspaper Archives

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

6:00pm

2nd Floor Computer Classroom

Anyone doing family history research knows that newspapers contain all kinds of useful and interesting information: from obituaries to news stories, estate sales to social columns, the newspaper was how communities kept in touch. Excitingly, many of Georgia’s historic newspapers are available full-text searchable online for free. This class will explore how to use the Digital Library of Georgia’s online Historic Newspaper Archives in genealogical and historical research. Limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

Book Us! Genealogy One-on-One

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2:00-2:45pm

Heritage Conference Room

 

Do you have a genealogical “brick wall” you’d like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history?  Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One!
 
As the local history and genealogy arm of the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Heritage Room offers 45-minute personal consultations with a Heritage Room Librarian for genealogists and researchers in need of individualized assistance. Not to replace paid genealogical/research assistance, this free program will have Library staff set aside time to spend with one person, working on one genealogical or local history research question. To register for a session, visit our Events Calendar.

 

Vintage Photo Booth!

Family Fun Day & Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Saturday, May 21, 2016

11am-2pm

Heritage Room

 

The Heritage Room will offer a vintage photo booth for your selfie and social media pleasure, in honor of the Library's Family Fun Day! Whether your personal mustache style is Charlie Chaplin or Salvador Dali; your hairstyle more Frida Kahlo or Marie Antoinette, we'll have a variety of props and accessories so you to sport your vintage best.

 

Book Us! Genealogy One-on-One

Thursday, May 26, 2016

10:00am-10:45am

Heritage Conference Room

 

Do you have a genealogical “brick wall” you’d like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history?  Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One!
 
As the local history and genealogy arm of the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Heritage Room offers 45-minute personal consultations with a Heritage Room Librarian for genealogists and researchers in need of individualized assistance. Not to replace paid genealogical/research assistance, this free program will have Library staff set aside time to spend with one person, working on one genealogical or local history research question. To register for a session, visit our Events Calendar.

 

Free Trial of FindMyPast

The Athens-Clarke County Library is running a free trial of FindMyPast! 
 
FindMyPast is home of the new, full-text linked PERSI (PERiodical Source Index). The archived, index-only version of PERSI is still available via HeritageQuest, but the folks at FindMyPast are working hard to secure rights from more than 8,000 publishers to provide access to these sources. 
 
Please note: You must be on-site at the Athens-Clarke County Library to use FindMyPast.
 
How to Access FindMyPast:
 
1. Go to Online Library from an Athens-Clarke County Library computer or on your device connected to ACCL's wireless network.  The very first link at the top of the page will bring you to the database.  
 
2. Begin searching!  If you choose to register an account with FindMyPast for free, you will also have access to Family Trees, My Records, and Saved Searches. You are able to search records without registering.
 
3. Tell us what you think! Help the Library determine whether this database will be a valuable additional resource to the public.  Answer ten brief questions on our survey, and let us know whether FindMyPast makes accessible the records you need.
 
 

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