Georgia Public Library Service Releases “Georgia’s Treasures” Guide to Genealogy, History and Culture

The front cover of the newly released genealogy booklet, “Georgia’s Treasures.”

This press release is part of a series of guest posts contributed by our partners at HomePLACE, a project of the Georgia Public Library Service. HomePLACE works with Georgia’s public libraries and related institutions to digitize historical content for inclusion in the Digital Library of Georgia.

Georgia’s Treasures: Exploring Your Genealogy, History and Culture at Public Libraries” is now available at public libraries across the state. This 16-page, full-color booklet showcases the genealogy resources found in numerous public libraries in Georgia.

“As families come together this holiday season, we hope this booklet will inspire future visits to Georgia’s public libraries. Whether visitors are new to uncovering family history or seasoned genealogy researchers, these distinctive collections offer something for everyone,” said State Librarian Julie Walker.

The booklet was inspired by four major public library history and genealogy collections: the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System; the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, part of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System; the Genealogical and Historical Room and Middle Georgia Archives, located in Macon and part of the Middle Georgia Regional Library System; and the Ladson Genealogy Library, located in Vidalia and part of the Ohoopee Regional Library System.

Combined, these collections offer nearly 185,000 print volumes and 50,000 reels of microfilm of genealogy, local history and culture, as well as hundreds of original archival collections. An additional six libraries in Athens, Augusta, Brunswick, Savannah, Marietta and Washington are noted for their impressive collections, public programs and reference services.

“We are so proud to be featured among all the amazing genealogy collections in Georgia,” said Moultrie-Colquitt County Library Director Holly Phillips. “We hope even more people will be aware, and take advantage, of all the resources we have to offer at the Odom Library. We’re also pleased to be able to help promote other libraries’ materials to further the important mission of genealogical research.”

In addition to physical collections, every public library card holder in the state can access online genealogy tools like HeritageQuest from home through GALILEO – Georgia’s Virtual Library – as well as Ancestry Library Edition at their local library branch. Researchers anywhere also have access to the Virtual Vault, a digital collection of resources from the state library’s sister organization, the Georgia Archives. Links to these resources, as well as to a PDF version of the booklet, can be found here.

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DLG welcomes the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System Collection

Confederate States Patent No. 60, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System Collection
Confederate States Patent No. 60, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System Collection

We are pleased to announce a new collection from our partners at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System.

The new collection, the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System Collection, includes photographs from the Augusta flood of 1888, nineteenth century stereographs, a 1922 Augusta Motor Club travel guide, and Confederate States Patent No. 60.

Digitization of the collection was made possible by the DPLA’s Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), where DPLA service hubs like the DLG collaborate with Georgia public libraries to make their special collections materials accessible to a broader audience online.

The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System serves Augusta-Richmond County and the Central Savannah River Area, including South Carolina. The headquarters library is located in downtown Augusta, Georgia and serves the central business district. In addition, five branch libraries serve the outlying areas, neighborhoods, and districts which surround the city center; Wallace Branch, Friedman Branch, Appleby Branch, Maxwell Branch, and Diamond Lakes Branch.

Tina Monaco, the historian of the Georgia Heritage Room of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, comments on the strengths of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System collection: “As Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia, it has a rich history, so having resources available and accessible to the public through the library for the study of history is a benefit for all. Because the Georgia Heritage Room has an extensive collection of print resources and materials on local and Georgia history, as well as genealogy we expand the reach of the library to out-of-town scholars, and family researchers, therefore broadening our purpose.”

The image shown in this post, Confederate States Patent #60,  was granted to Jacob B. and William L. Platt of Augusta, Georgia on January 7, 1872 for “Camp Cots.” The invention claimed to be a “new and improved universal cot for camp and hospital purposes” which could be “folded or rolled up into a small space when transported from place to place.”

We hope that you take the time to look through these new resources made available through our partnership with the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System. Let us know what you think!

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