Georgia Fast Facts and Key Resources

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Statehood: 1788

Colony founded: 1733

First extant federal census: 1820

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1919

Statewide marriage records begin: 1952

Counties: 159, established beginning in 1740

Contact for vital records:

Georgia Division of Public Health Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 679-4701


Web Sites

1895 Atlas of Georgia


Digital Library of Georgia


Georgia GenWeb Project <>

Georgia Newspaper Project


Georgia Pioneers <>

Georgia Place Names


New Georgia Encyclopedia



30,638 Burials in Georgia by Jeannette Holland Austin (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Early Georgia Settlers CD (

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

A Gazetteer of the State of Georgia by Adiel Sherwood (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Georgia: A State History by Buddy Sullivan (Arcadia Publishing)

The Georgia Frontier, 3 volumes, by Jeannette Holland Austin (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Georgia Vital Records: Marriages 1775-1900, Selected Counties CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Historic Georgia Families by Lewis Wiley Rigsby (Genealogical Publishing Co., out of print)

Historical Collections of Georgia by George White (University of Michigan)

A History of Georgia edited by Kenneth Coleman (University of Georgia Press)

Index to Georgia Wills by Jeannette Holland Austin (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Organizations and Archives

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Georgia Local and Family History Department

1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 730-1896, < family_history_department.html>

Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, (404) 814-4040, <>

Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library

204 Fifth St. SE, Moultrie, GA 31776, (229) 985-6540, <>

Georgia Archives

5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260, (678) 364-3700, <>

Georgia Genealogical Society

Box 550247, Atlanta, GA 30355,<>

Georgia Historical Society Library and Archives

501 Whitaker St., Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 651-2128, <>

Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives

100 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 651-2477, <library.>

Middle Georgia Archives

Washington Memorial Library, 1180 Washington Ave., Macon, GA 31201, (478) 744-0800, <>

National Archives and Records Administration Southeast Region

5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260, (770) 968-2100, <>

University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602, (706) 542-7123, <>


From the December 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.