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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 1:00 - 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

October 2014 Events and Classes

Indexing for Genealogists

October 7, 2014


Computer Training Lab

All genealogists know the disappointment in researching for hours and finding “The Book” with the potential to break your brick wall ... only to discover it has no index. In this digital age, indexes are a must in all newly published material. A good index greatly enhances a book’s value to the researcher. Failing to index will potentially reduce the material's usefulness, interest and sales.

This course will provide some of the basic rules of indexing and introduce attendees to the features of Microsoft Word that enable anyone to index their work.  Intermediate computer skills and competency with Microsoft Word required. In order to understand the material presented in this class, you must be able to create a multi-page Word document and be comfortable using the Word toolbars. Registration is limited and required; to secure your space, please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Teresa is a Georgia Native and Air Force Veteran. She has over thirty years diverse experience in the technology and education, and holds her BBA in Management Information Systems. She has compiled four volumes of her family’s history.

Heritage Room Book Sale

October 10, 2014 9-6pm

October 11, 2014 9-6pm

October 12, 2014 2-6pm (50% off!)

Heritage Room

The Heritage Room is holding its first-ever book sale. We'll have hundreds of titles of books and periodicals on Georgia and southeastern U.S. history, culture, art and genealogy. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Genealogy on the Internet

October 14, 2014


Computer Training Lab

This is a brief introduction to the types of genealogy Internet resources. Participants will receive handouts so they can use the tools on their own. This is NOT a beginning genealogy class. Participants must know how to use a mouse and how to search the Internet with a search engine.

Registration is free, but required. Class is limited to 10 people. Please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot.

Local History Book Club Meeting

October 16, 2014


Heritage Conference Room

The Local History Book Club is a reading group that meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss that month's assigned reading. This month we will discuss Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege (ISBN 0820316881) by Kent Anderson Leslie, listed in 2005 on the Georgia Top 25 Reading List by the Georgia Center for the Book.

This fascinating story of Amanda America Dickson, born the privileged daughter of a white planter and an unconsenting slave in antebellum Georgia, shows how strong-willed individuals defied racial strictures for the sake of family. Although legally a slave herself well into her adolescence, Dickson was much favored by her father and lived comfortably in his house, receiving a genteel upbringing and education. After her father died in 1885 Dickson inherited most of his half-million dollar estate, sparking off two years of legal battles with white relatives. When the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the will, Dickson became the largest landowner in Hancock County, Georgia, and the wealthiest black woman in the post-Civil War South.

Kent Anderson Leslie's portrayal of Dickson is enhanced by a wealth of details about plantation life; the elaborate codes of behavior for men and women, blacks and whites in the South; and the equally complicated circumstances under which racial transgressions were sometimes ignored, tolerated, or even accepted.

Night Owl Prowl

October 17, 2014


Heritage Room

The smell of old books. The thrill of the hunt. Breaking through brick walls. These are just some of what lures genealogy researchers to the library. Now is your chance to experience them all--on your schedule! After the library closes, you and your fellow genealogy researchers will have the Heritage Room to yourselves. Food, drink and security will be provided. 

$10 for Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society members/$15 for non-members. This fee covers the cost of food and security. Registration is required. Online registration is available at the COGS website. Cash/checks can be accepted in the Heritage Room. The deadline for registration is October 15, 2014 at 8:00pm.  

View the flyer: front and back.

Athens Historical Society Program

October 19, 2014


Appleton Auditorium

Join the Athens Historical Society for their Fall meeting and program. This event is co-sponsored by the Athens Historical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library, and is free and open to the public.

Haunted Georgia

October 25, 2014


Multipurpose Room B

From Sherman's notorious march to Confederate General James Longstreet's continued inhabitance of his postwar home, Georgia is haunted by many of those who fought in America's deadliest war. Join author Jim Miles as he details the ghosts that still roam Georgia's Civil War battlefields, hospitals and antebellum homes! Books will be available for purchase after the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Murder in Salem, Georgia: A Journey Through the Archives

October 28, 2014


Multipurpose Room A

Join author and researcher Mary Anne Abbe as she recounts her pursuit of primary source records surrounding a vengeful 19th century murder in the forgotten town of Salem, Clarke County, Georgia.

September 2014 Events and Classes

Thomas B. Moss: Professor and Map Maker

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Multipurpose Room A

Thomas B. Moss was a remarkable educator and surveyor in Oglethorpe County throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. Educated at the University of Georgia, he returned home to teach at the renown Meson Academy in Lexington. He taught or was headmaster for 41 consecutive years. Later in life he became a surveyor and drew dozens of plats for land transactions. His grand achievement was the production of a very accurate, detailed map of Oglethorpe County that was published in 1894.

Presenter Tom Gresham co-founder and president of an Athens-based archaeological consulting firm. He lives in Oglethorpe County where he is president of Historic Oglethorpe County


COGS Meeting: The World at Your Fingertips: Heritage Room Resources

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Multipurpose Room A

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society for this month's free, informative program on what terrific resources the Heritage Room has to offer; in particular, we will review how to order microfilm from the Family History Library!  Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the FHL possesses one of the world's largest genealogical collections, boasting over 2.4 million rolls and 727,000 microfilmed genealogical records spanning the globe.  These microforms can be mailed to you for use in the Heritage Room through FamilySearch.org. In this presentation, Heritage Room staff will teach you how to take advantage of this fantastic resource by using the FamilySearch catalog and online film ordering system.  The presentation will conclude with a tour of the Heritage Room.


Getting Started with Genealogy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Heritage Conference Room

This class will help you get started with your family research. This is a pre-beginning genealogy class. Registration is required. Please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650 x350 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot.


Local History Book Club meeting

September 18, 2014


Heritage Conference Room

The Local History Book Club is a reading group that meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss that month's assigned book. This month we will discuss Pearl Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (ISBN 978-0061710384) listed in 2002 as one of the Georgia Center for the Book's 25 Books all Georgians Should Read.

After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living with the Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild—her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold reality. But what she imagines to be the end is, instead, a beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava Johnson is falling in love.

Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality, hums with gritty truth, and sings and crackles with life-affirming energy.

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