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Archives, Libraries, and Societies

Here a some places in Georgia where you can go to do research. You will be able to find microfilmed records, reference materials and other genealogical resources. Please email me if you know of others not listed here.

Washington County Genealogy Research Center
P.O. Box 1022
Sandersville, Georgia 31082
(478) 552-6965

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays & Thursdays
2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Email the Center

In 1979, Mrs. Elizabeth Pritchard Newsom formed the Washington County Genealogy Committee. Mrs. Newsom had been transcribing and documenting various records and genealogical data for years and it seemed only fitting that others be able to benefit from it. She produced numerous books over the years and helped researchers too numerous to count in their endeavor to find out where they came from. Her tireless energy and love for the people and families of Washington County have been an inspiration to us all!

For years, the Genealogy Committee co-habited with the Historical Society in the museum. In 1999, the Genealogy Committee was given full control of the museum, turning it into a research facility. The research facility is manned by a group of volunteers who preserve and maintain a vast collection of records and assist researchers.


You may request look-ups from our volunteers for a fee. The cost of research is $10 plus 25 cents per copy. Please be as detailed as possible when requesting lookups. We can help you better if we know what we're looking for. A self-addressed stamped envelope receives a faster reply. Also, please keep in mind that our committee is made up of volunteers and we do receive a lot of requests, so please be patient.

If you would prefer, you may email your queries to the Center. Please be sure to include your name and address.

Washington County Historical Society
129 Jones Street, P. O. Box 6088
Sandersville, GA 31082

Programs: Operates the Washington County Museum which is the headquarters for the society; restoration of the Brown House which was the headquarters of General Sherman in 1864. Collections: Genealogical records and a book collection which includes Cotton to Kaolin: A History of Washington County, Georgia, 1784-1989; Washington County Georgia Tombstone Inscriptions; 1825 Tax Digest; and Estate Papers, 1829-1903.

Central Georgia Genealogical Society

Rosa M. Tarbutton Memorial Library
314 South Harris St.
Sandersville, GA 31035


Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

Military and state census records are housed at this repository in addition to county materials on microfilm. The library provides family histories and papers, the state's most inclusive collection of Georgia newspapers and books, and a card index to the part of their collection that is cataloged.

University of Georgia - Carl Vinson Institute of Government
201 N. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30602

A wealth of information on Georgia history, demographic statistics, Georgia maps, state symbols, the state economy, tourism, Georgia counties including creation, history, courthouses, officials, etc.

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 Georgia Historical Society
501 Whitaker Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Library & Archives: 912-651-2128
Toll Free 877-424-4789


The Society of Georgia Archivists

Provides links to selected archival repositories in the state of Georgia.

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