Heritage Room

Facebook ButtonThe Heritage Room is the place to research genealogy, local Athens & Georgia history, and more! The Heritage Room is now open! We are open via appointment and drop in hours. All visits are for one hour only per day, as only 4 people can be in the Heritage Room at once. Schedule your research session in the Heritage Room by calling 706-613-3650 ext. 350 or emailing heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm

Please visit your library branch's website for the latest hours and services. Call us or contact us at http://athenslibrary.org/homepage/regional-information/contact-us if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. For more information about the libraries' phased re-entry plans, please click here  

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Getting Started with Genealogy

Saturday, March 14, 2020

2:00-3:30 pm

Did you just get a Genealogy DNA kit? Not sure how to research records to search for family members? The Athens-Clarke County Heritage Room welcomes you to this free, informal session. Getting Started with Genealogy will introduce you to the many resources available to you when researching your family history, no matter where your family might have originated or be today. Heritage Room staff will introduce the basics of genealogical research, the resources available, and how to start your family tree project!

All attendees receive an information packet with resources and opportunities to ask questions during the session. Be sure to bring a pencil!

Researching the Civil War Pension Records of African American Soldiers, Sailors, Servants, and Laborers with Elyse Hill CG

Saturday, February 15, 2020

2:00-4:00 pm

Multipurpose Room A


One of the most challenging, frustrating, and sometimes impossible tasks in African American genealogical research is finding information about formerly enslaved individuals before emancipation. Civil War pension records can provide rare first person accounts regarding the lives of Union veterans both formerly enslaved and free persons of color as well as individuals utilized as servants and laborers for the Confederacy. While this presentation will provide samples of information related to African Americans, it will also provide beneficial research information regarding any veteran who applied for a Civil War pension.

Ms. Hill is a graduate of the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), the Researching African-American Ancestors and Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis courses, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Intermediate Genealogy course.

This program is co-sponsored by the Clarke Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Heritage Room.

Athens Historical Society presents Georgia POW Camps in World War II

Sunday, January 26, 2020

3:00 pm- 5:00 pm

Appleton Auditorium for the presentation

Multipurpose Rooms B & C for a reception

Authors Kathryn Roe Coker and Jason Wetzel will discuss their recently released book, Georgia POW Camps in World War II. During World War II, more than twelve thousand German and Italian prisoners captured in far-off battlefields were sent to POW camps in Georgia. With large base camps located from Camp Wheeler in Macon and Camp Stewart in Savannah to smaller camps throughout the state, prisoner re-education and work programs evoked different reactions to the enemy.

Join author and historian Dr. Kathryn Roe Coker and coauthor Jason Wetzel as they explore the daily lives of POWs in Georgia and the lasting impact they had on the Peach State. This event is co-sponsored with the Athens Historical Society and the Heritage Room.

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