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Genealogy Starter Guide

Tips and resources compiled by Clayton County Headquarters Library reference staff.

book Finding Your Family on the Internet
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Call Number: 929.9 Otterson, Michael

GenealogyWorksheets.pdf Genealogy Worksheets
Printable worksheets to help you get started.
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GenealogyLocalResources.pdf Local Resources
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HQGenealogyResources.pdf Some Genealogy Resources at Clayton County Headquarters Library
List of genealogy resources (microfilm, microfiche, periodicals, etc.) that may be found at Clayton County Headquarters Library
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book The Online Genealogy Handbook
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Call Number: 929.1 SCHEPP, BRAD

GenealogyTips.pdf Tips for Starting Genealogy Research
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Local Genealogy Collections

other Atlanta History Center
Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-814-4000

other Auburn Avenue Research Library on African America Culture and History
Address: 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-730-4001

other Clayton County Headquarters Library
Address: 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-473-3850

other Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties
Address: 71 Macon Street, McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: 770-954-1456

other Georgia Archives
Address: 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 678-364-3700

other LDS Church Family History Center
Address: 2100 Lake Jodeco Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-477-5985

other Middle Georgia Archives
Washington Memorial Library Address: 1180 Washington Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31201
Phone: 478-744-0800

other National Archives, Southeast Region
Address: 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 770-968-2100

other University of Georgia - Hargrett Library
Address: University of Georgia, Hargrett Library, Athens, Georgia 30602
Phone: 706-542-3251

Online Resources Available Through the Library

These commercial sites are only fully available for a fee if you access them directly, but you can access them for free through the library's site with your Clayton County Library Card.

Includes U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930. This collection also contains more than 1,000 historical maps, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, and assorted Civil War documents. In Library Use only. (A free, limited edition of this database is available at, but the full version is available from our branches.) (GALILEO Password Required)

galileo Heritage Quest Online
1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census with complete original images, plus many head-of-household name indexes, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedmans Bank Records and more. Remote access is available. (GALILEO Password Required)

galileo Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
This database is the result of the African Origins Project based out of Emory University, an endeavor to trace the geographic origins of Africans transported in the transatlantic slave trade. It provides information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages between 1514-1886 that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The African Names Database identifies over 67,000 African men, women, and children, including name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation. A section on assessing the slave trade provides statistics, a timeline, and maps that track the flow of the slave trade over time. (GALILEO Password Required)

Web Sites (Best Bets)

web American Family Immigration History Center
25 million immigrant arrival records from the Ellis Island Archives, including passenger lists, manifests and ship information.

web Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Clayton County history, maps and genealogy links.

web Digital Library of Georgia Resource Guide
An excellent guide to genealogy resources specific to Georgia. (Note that the African American Biographical Database and African American Newspapers are not part of the Clayton County Library System's GALILEO subscription.)

Web Sites (More)

web AfriGeneas - African Ancestral Genealogy
Afrigeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.

web Afro-Louisiana History History and Genealogy Research: 1719-1820
A free, searchable database of historic Louisiana slave records.

web All Things Cherokee

web Barrel of Links

web British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid

web Bureau of Land Management - US Department of the Interior

web Carpatho-Rusyn Knowledge Base

web Christine's Genealogy - African American Resources

web Cyndi's List
A comprehensive index of genealogy resources on the internet.

web Donna Speer Ristenblatt Genealogy

web Everton's Genealogical Helper

web Family Search
Several databases may be searched simultaneously, Including Social Security records, privately compiled indexes and Census data. There is also a useful Research Guide for novice genealogists.

web Family Tree Maker

web Family Tree Resources

web Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies

web Gathering of the Clans

web Genealogical GEDCOM Server System

web Genealogical Journeys in Time

web GenealogySF

web GenForum

web JewishGen
JewishGen Inc. is a primary internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide.

web Lineages

web Mayflower Homepage

web National Archives of Canada

web National Genealogical Society

web Native American Genealogy

web Olive Tree Genealogy

web Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

web Quaker Corner

web RootsWeb
The free version of contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories, message boards and an electronic mailing list (list serve).

web Scottish Roots Ancestral Research Service

web Surname Web

web U.S. GenWeb Project
A non-commercial volunteer organization dedicated to free genealogical research in the U.S. and abroad. Another excellent guide for novice researchers is included.

web United Kingdom Government's Official Archives

web WorldGen Web Project

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icon for library database Online Database Available Through the Library - Clayton County Library Card Required
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