Lamar County GeorgiaGenWeb -- Record Sources, etc.

Tips for Researchers / Suggested Resources

The following is information about record sources and agencies in or near the Lamar County area that have records useful for family research. When you write to a record source/agency, be specific in the information you are requesting, and limit your request to one or two items.

ONLINE SOURCES

University of Georgia's Galileo -- This is the State of Georgia's virtual library, an incredible resource for newspapers, photographs, diaries and journals, etc.  

Research Institutions for Georgia (Galileo)

Ancestry

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet -- a great place to begin!

Heritage Quest

Family Search -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints genealogy site.

 Lineages -- List of research centers, including addresses, phone numbers, etc.

LOCAL LIBRARIES & ARCHIVES

Georgia Department of Archives & History

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed to the public on Mondays.
Closed all major federal and state holidays and on the Saturday preceding holidays.
Phone
678-364-3700
Address
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260-1101
Map
Get a map to the Georgia Archives.
Directions
Get directions from major highways.
All visitors
Read the Georgia Archives Guidelines for Researchers.

Barnesville-Lamar County Historical Society
P.O. Box 805
Barnesville, GA 30204

Founded: 1973. Programs include restoration and preservation of historic sites and buildings in Lamar County; lectures, oral history interviews, guided tours, craft fairs, and annual tour of homes and "Buggy Days" celebration.

Old Jail Archives and Museum
This collection, located in a museum in the restored jail behind the courthouse, includes Civil War material, letters, newspapers, business records, 19th-century photographs, genealogical records for Lamar, Monroe and Pike counties, Barnesville railroad depot furniture, and examples of Barnesville buggies.

326 Thomaston Street, Barnesville, GA 30204.
Phone: 770-358-0150 -- Curator:  Shanna English
Museum Hours:  Wed & Sat, 10-2; Sun, 2-5.

Barnesville-Lamar County Library
401 Thomaston Street, Barnesville, Georgia 30204
(770) 358-3270

Griffin-Spalding County Library
Headquarters of the Flint River Regional Library
800 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia 30223
(770) 412-4770

J. Joel Edwards Public Library

618 Hwy 19 South, Zebulon, Georgia 30295
(770) 567-2014

Monroe County Library
62 West Main Street, Forsyth, Georgia 31029
(912) 994-7025

Other libraries and resources of interest include:

The Barnesville Herald-Gazette -- current obituaries, deeds, marriages, church activities, e-mail addresses, and MORE are available here.

Fayette County Public Library

Washington Memorial Library, Macon, Georgia -- one of the best genealogical collections in Georgia, but their catalog is not yet online.

The University of Georgia Libraries -- online information about their collection. Newspaper collection is fantastic!

The Jefferson County, Alabama, Public Library System online catalog.  This is an amazing genealogical collection with many books on Georgia -- search by keywords for your locale, print the results (one source to a page), then take these sheets along on your next archives or library visit.

Library of Congress online catalog -- a marvelous resource even if you never actually visit this library.

Tennessee State Library and Archives online catalog -- lots of goodies here and they will lend many microfilm reels and books through Inter-Library Loan.

COUNTY RECORDS

Lamar County Courthouse
326 Thomaston Street
Barnesville, Georgia 30204

Land and Naturalization Records:  (770) 358-5145, Clerk of Court

Probate records:  No probate search service; copies: $3.00, no minimum; must have genuine reason for interest: (770) 358-5155, Probate Court

Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce, civil court, and land records from 1921.

GEORGIA VITAL RECORDS

Georgia Department of Human Resources Vital Records Service
Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Email: [email protected]

The Georgia Department of Human Resources has birth and death records from January 1, 1919, and marriage and divorce records from June 1952:

How do I request a vital record?
Request a birth certificate
Request a death certificate
Request a certified copy of a marriage application and license
Request confirmation of a divorce

For records available on the county level, write:

For probate records (wills, etc.):
Clerk
Lamar County Probate Court
Barnesville, Georgia 30204

For divorce records:
Clerk
Superior Court
Barnesville, Georgia 30204

FUNERAL HOMES

BENTLEY'S & SONS FUNERAL HOME
174 MILL ST
BARNESVILLE, GA
Phone: (770) 358-3404

HAISTEN MARTIN FUNERAL HOME
513 ROSE AVE
BARNESVILLE, GA
Phone: (770) 358-3871
Fax: (770) 358-7008

HAMM'S FUNERAL HOME
149 MILLS ST
BARNESVILLE, GA
Phone: (770) 358-2381

FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah has Family History Centers across the United States and Canada. Their collections include microfilmed original vital records of Georgia. For details on their holdings you should consult your nearest Family History Center.

The LDS online database collection is Family Search -- where you can access the LDS Source Guide, Catalog, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index (IGI), links to thousands of other web sites, and much more!

Family History Centers near the Lamar County area:

Family History Center - Jonesboro Stake Center
2100 Jodeco Road
Jonesboro, Georgia
(770) 477-5985

Family History Center - Macon Stake Center
1624 Williamson Road
Macon, Georgia
(912) 788-5885

LAND AND PROPERTY RECORDS

Land and property records, combined with tax records, are one of the keys to successful family history research in Georgia. A variety of methods for distributing land were conducted in Georgia, from headright grants to bounty land grants to land lotteries. Land in the Lamar County area was distributed through lotteries. For more information on the Georgia land lotteries consult the following works:

Davis, Robert S., and Silas E. Lucas. The Georgia Land Lottery Papers, 1805-1914. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979.

Wood, Virginia S., and Ralph V. Wood. The 1805 Land Lottery of Georgia. Cambridge, Ga.: The Greenwood Press, 1968.

Lucas, Silas E. The 1807 Land Lottery of Georgia. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1973.

Lucas, Silas E. The Third or 1820 Land Lotteries of Georgia. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986.

Lucas, Silas E. The Fourth or 1821 Land Lotteries of Georgia. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986.

Houston, Martha Lou. Reprint of Official Register of the Land Lottery of Georgia, 1827. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967.

Lucas, Silas E. The 1832 Gold Lottery of Georgia: Containing a List of the Fortunate Drawers in Said Lottery. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986.

Smith, James F. The Cherokee Land Lottery...1838. Reprint. Vidalia, Ga.: Georgia Genealogical Reprints, 1968.

 

GENEALOGY SOFTWARE

Family TreeMaker -- user homepages, CD's, and databases

Legacy Family Tree

The Master Genealogist, better known as TMG

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Lamar Lookups and Lamar Queries.

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