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.
University of Georgia's
Galileo -- This is the State of Georgia's virtual library,
an incredible resource for newspapers, photographs, diaries and journals,
Family Search -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints genealogy site.
-- List of research centers, including addresses, phone numbers, etc.
LOCAL LIBRARIES & ARCHIVES
County Historical Society
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
326 Thomaston Street, Barnesville, GA 30204.
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.
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.
Department of Human Resources Vital Records Service
For records available on the county level, write:
For probate records (wills, etc.):
BENTLEY'S & SONS FUNERAL HOME
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
Family History Center - Macon Stake Center
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.
Family TreeMaker -- user homepages, CD's, and databases