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Genealogy & Local History

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About Our Department

The Genealogy and Local History Department serves as the Chattahoochee Valley area’s primary repository for genealogical and historical research materials. Genealogy and local history reference services and materials are located on the second floor of the Columbus Public Library. Visitors searching their ancestry in Georgia or one of the states of the American Southeast will find the Library’s Genealogy Department to be of valuable assistance.

The Department provides the beginning and experienced researcher with a broad and well-rounded collection of research materials. These materials include:

  • Local History Collections
  • Biographical and Historical Resources
  • City Directories
  • Census Data
  • Maps
  • Periodicals & Newsletters
  • Military Records
  • Court Records
  • Newspapers
  • Local and Subscription Genealogy Databases

The Department offers users 4 microfilm reader/printer/scanners, 2 ScanPro 3000s,  6 computer workstations, 2 photocopiers, 2 Minolta PS 7000 book scanner, wireless access to the Internet, and the expertise of our staff.

To request information from the Genealogy Department, please call 706-243-2681 or email genealogy@cvlga.org.


Genealogy reference service is available in person, email or by mail. Mail requests should include the type of record desired, the full name of the ancestor, applicable dates and city/county of record. Obituary requests should include the deceased’s full name and month, day and year of death. Please include your full name, mailing address (city, state, zip code), and e-mail address on all correspondence.

Mail research requests to:

Columbus Public Library
Attn: Genealogy
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906

You can also email your requests to genealogy@cvlga.org

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