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.

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Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org) if you have any questions.

January 2017 Events and Classes

One-on-Ones

Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. or
Tuesday, January 17 & 31, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. 
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!Registration required.

COGS Program: Railroad Workers Retirement Records

Saturday, January 14, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Emma Davis Hamilton, Georgia Genealogical Society board member, past president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Metro Atlanta Chapter, and adjunct instructor for the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research will present a lecture on Railroad Workers Retirement Records and Pullman porter records.

Railroad Retirement Board established in 1935 to provide benefits for railroad workers, provide a plethora of information on employees. Most are rich with genealogical details. Presentation will also include information on the Pullman porter records.

Oconee Hill Cemetery's conversion from books to web-based records, a 160-year journey

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Don Smith.

Oconee Hill Cemetery has digitized its records and created a special web link accessible for free to the public.  This presentation will show how to search a grave at Oconee Hill, see the tombstone, view the actual burial plot diagrams and get step-by-step directions to every lot in the cemetery using GIS (Geographical Information System) technology.

November 2016 Events and Classes

One-on-Ones

Wednesday, November 2 & 16, 10:00 - 10:45 p.m. or
Wednesday, November 23 & 30, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
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!Registration required.

Photo of an old house.

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home

CLASS 4: Who Lived in My House? Using City Directories, Census, and Courthouse Records
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Learn who lived in your house and your neighborhood over time. Knowing what the resources are, where to find them, and how to use them can make this experience fun. What is even better is that most of them are totally free at your local library, courthouse, and online.

Part of a 5 class series. Click to view all classes in the series.

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home

CLASS 5: Putting it All Together: A Case Study in Researching An Historic Home
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Alex Patterson.

Part of a 5 class series. Click to view all classes in the series.

COGS Program: Staging a Courthouse Raid: How to Look for Legal Records

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room invite you to our annual Night Owl Prowl.

Remember all those times you found something just as the repository was about to close? Ever dream of spending the night in a genealogical collection? Now's your chance!

How many times have we so carefully researched our way up the family tree, only to reach a dead -end when we cannot find a will for an ancestor? Did you know that a will is not the only way to work out family relationships?

Learn to use other records from the old books and dusty vaults in the courthouse, such as administrator’s returns, deeds, powers of attorney, intestate estate files, and widow’s year’s support. Many clues can be gleaned from these records, if you know what you’re looking for and how to use it!

Eve B. Mayes says she grew up doing genealogy and learned to read old handwriting not too many years after she learned how to write herself. Her mother, Mary Bondurant Warren, published the internationally known weekly magazine Family Puzzlers for almost thirty-five years. Eve assisted in transcribing and compiling a number of the books published by Heritage Papers, including the Madison County, Georgia, 1820-1860 Censuses and Whites Among the Cherokees. She also edited Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, Cemeteries book published in 1999 by the Athens Historical Society. Now she is an avid user of the numerous resources now available on the internet to do family history research as editor of the newsletter of the Bondurant Family Association.

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