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The following links are chosen by the Heritage Room librarians at the Athens-Clarke County Library.
- Allen County Public Library, Indiana
Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library contains the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Search obituaries online from Fort Wayne and Allen County (1841-1900).
Researchers from north of the border will find that the library has every Canadian census from 1666 to 1891. In addition, the department has over 100,000 microfilms, over 200,000 microfiches, almost 50,000 family histories, and almost 300,000 books for family research.
- DAR Library
Search the catalog of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)Library which now has 150,000 volumes. Good tips on how to successfully search the catalog.
- Genealogy from the Heartland
Genealogy from the Heartland is the circulating genealogy collection from the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, MO. If you cannot get to that library to research, then see what their circulating collection may have for you to request on Interlibrary Loan.
- Georgia Archives
A general description of the holdings and collections is available online. Site lists mail and e-mail reference policies. Other information includes lists of publications, microfilm sales, Georgia Historical Records Advisory, and lecture series schedule, related Georgia links, frequently asked questions about GA history, and "This Day in GA History."
- Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at UGA
Includes policies for use of the collection, notable collections, and vertical files subject list.
- Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is recognized as the national library of the United States. Site has information about the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room. Also lists Library of Congress publications.
Examples of the information to guide your research available at this site include:
- National Archives and Records Administration
This site administers a nation-wide network of facilities. Discover NARA's nationwide holdings, learn about family history and genealogy research. Also find an online exhibit hall and Federal Register.
Other examples of the information available at this site include:
- St. Louis County Library Special Collections
Special Collections contains library holdings of the St. Louis Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society in addition to the genealogical and local history materials of the St. Louis County Library. The National Genealogical Society holdings are available on
loan through ILL making this a great way to find materials that you can have sent to your local library for you to check out and read.
- UGA Map Collection
Includes finding aids, air photos, and index to Sanborn Maps. Hours and contact information are also listed.
- Virginia Memory
Virginia Memory is a program whose mission is to preserve, digitize, and provide access to unique and rare Virginia materials. Online databases include Family Bible Records Project, Land Office Patents and Grants, and WWI History Commission questionnaires.
- American Memory
"It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." The site is a wealth of "written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music".
- Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry.com is the largest online genealogical library. Available free searchable databases include Social Security Death Index, Ancestry World Tree (a collection of genealogical information submitted by users of Ancestry.com) Juliana's Links is a fully searchable database containing descriptions of thousands of genealogically-related sites on the Internet.
If you are in a public or academic library in Georgia, you can have access for free to many of the databases that Ancestry.com charges for. These are available through GALILEO in a database called Ancestry Library Edition (ALE).
- Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Probate Court Records Finding Aid
Athens Historical Society and Clarke Oconee Genealogical Society worked as volunteers to inventory the records under the custody of the Probate Judge. The end product is this finding aid to the records in which it is explained what records there are and for what years, what information the records contain, and there is an index to the loose guardianship and estate papers since about 2/3 of these have not been microfilmed. There is also a listing of the places other than the Athens-Clarke County courthouse where these particular records might be found on microfilm.
- BLM General Land Office Records
"We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. We also provide image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960's) are currently being added to this web site. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States."
- Castle Garden
This is where immigrants coming into New York City entered from 1830-1890. You can do free "quick searches" but an advanced search costs $45.00. The Battery Conservancy is
responsible for developing this site of 10 million names with more to come.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
"The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 5.4 million soldier records in the National Archives. The facts about the soldiers are being entered from records that are indexed to many millions of other documents about Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration."
- Digital Library of Georgia
"The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
The Digital Library of Georgia connects users to 500,000 images and pages of text in 57 collections from 40 institutions. Though this represents only a fraction of Georgia's cultural treasures, the Digital Library of Georgia continues to grow through its partnerships
with libraries, archives, museums, government agencies, and allied organizations across the state."
- Ellis Island
This database includes the contents of ship's manifests compiled by volunteers into this database of more than 22 million passengers, immigrants, and crew members that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 - 1924 and One-Step Search Tools. The One-Step Search Tools by Stephen Morse make it easier and more accurate to search the Ellis Island databases.
- Family Search
Family Search is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is an international leader in genealogical research and has the world's largest collection of family history records. Searchable databases at this site include ancestors, census, family histories, military, surnames, family organizations, and vital records.
- Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives
Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives combines original historical documents and personal histories. The collection features millions of digital images of records preserved in the National Archives and other regional archives. This archive features documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and much more. Some other very notable material includes the Matthew Brady collection of Civil War photos and UFO documents from 1947 - 1969. For Athens Regional Library cardholders only.
- GAGenWeb: Clarke County, Georgia
This is part of a nationwide effort to get genealogical information online. Clarke County information includes general profile, historical background, Clarke County marriages, Clarke County churches, and Clarke County cemeteries. Subscribe to the email list called GaClarke;
it is for the discussion of genealogy and history in Clarke County, GA. Users can post queries about Clarke County wills, bible records, pensions, etc....
- US GENWEB
This site is the project of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. Site also has helpful research hints and information about caring for old documents, repairing old
books, preserving old photographs, etc....
- Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on more than 35,000 slave voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.