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.

February 2018 Events

Genealogy One-on-Ones

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:00 – 5:45 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 and want to research its history? Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One! Registration required.

Sign up for your appointment through the library’s online events calendar or call the library’s Heritage Room at 706-613-3650, extension 350.

Book Us: For a Scanning One-on-One

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Heritage Conference Room

Sign up for a 60-minute one-on-one appointment to scan your family treasures including photos, scrapbooks, family letters, family Bibles, recipe cards, etc. Registration required.

What to bring: Please bring a flash drive.

Each family has treasures that link them to their past and will, if preserved, link them to their future. Preserve your family's history today!

Sign up for your appointment through the library's online events calendar or call the library’s Heritage Room at 706-613-3650, extension 350.

COGS Event - African American Genealogy Research - Beyond the Basic Sources

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room A

One of the biggest challenges in African American genealogy research is finding information about formerly enslaved persons before the 1870 U.S. federal census. This was the first census following emancipation and the first census that recorded former slaves by name. This presentation will provide a sample of sources which can help turn this research challenge into a fulfilling adventure.

Speaker, Elyse Hill, has been performing African American genealogy research for over 10 years.

She has written several genealogy research articles and was a First Place winner in the 2015 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Excellence in Writing competition. She is a 2012 graduate of Samford University's Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), "Researching African-American Ancestors" course and a 2016 graduate of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), "Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper."

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