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Online Genealogy Resources

Muscogee County Marriages  1835-1899
Muscogee County Marriage Index 1900-1919
Muscogee County Marriages  1920-1929
Harris County Marriages 1833-1924
Columbus Enquirer-Sun Death Index 1800-1899
Columbus Enquirer-Sun Death Index 1900-1918
Articles about Chattahoochee Valley Libraries from 1937 – 2001
Columbus Public Library Newspapers Available On Microfilm
Georgia Confederate Pensions
Vertical File Index
Copy of Columbus Ledger Enquirer Obituary Index 2006-2011
Carlton Gary Articles in the Columbus Ledger Enquirer 

Ancestry Library Edition (available inside the libraries). This resource has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as:

  • U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes)
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630
  • Social Security Death Index

FamilySearch Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), this website offers a variety of genealogical databases, access to unindexed images of genealogical records, the Social Security Death Index, wiki entries describing various types of genealogical research, and access to the Family History Library’s catalog. Free access to the 1940 United States Federal Census.

Our new FamilySearch Affiliate Library Status connects you to more FREE digital data (previously in the form of microfilms) than you can get access to from home. The additional data is especially noticeable when using the FamilySearch online catalog and looking for geographic locations where your ancestors may have lived.  In most cases, more of those digital data films are available to you from within our library than if you did the same geographic search from your home in the FamilySearch online catalog.

  • Visit one of our 7 library locations
  • Use one of our library’s public computers or connect your laptop, tablet or smart phone to the Wi-Fi network of that location.
  • Go to the FamilySearch website at www.familysearch.org and sign in with them with your FREE FamilySearch Username and Password
  • Search for FREE for your ancestors among the FamilySearch databases using a surname OR search the FamilySearch catalog for FREE for a geographic area associated with your ancestors.
  • Add to your family tree with the surname search results you receive for FREE.
  • Add to your family tree with the additional digital microfilm data images of records you can view for FREE when searching the FamilySearch online catalog for the places where your ancestors lived.

Heritagequest Online includes:

  • Genealogy & Local History Collection of over 20,000 book titles, including family and local histories
  • 1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census with complete original images
  • The Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 Americans who served in the war
  • The Freedman’s Bank Records, one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research
  • Articles (1993 to present) from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer can be located via this database. From home, enter your Library Card number and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number). Articles prior to 1993 can be obtained using the microfilm in the Genealogy department at the Columbus Public Library.

Georgia Historic Newspapers  

The GHN includes some of the state’s earliest newspapers; important African-American, Roman Catholic, and Cherokee newspapers; and issues from Augusta, Atlanta, Columbus, Fayetteville, Houston county, Louisville, Thomson, Sandersville, Waycross, and Waynesboro. The latest additions bring the total number of newspaper pages available free online through the DLG to 825,000 pages.   Like the older DLG newspaper sites, GHN provides newspaper issues that are full-text searchable and can be browsed by date and title.

Features of the new site include:

  • Essays about the publishing history of various newspaper titles,
  • Browsing by region (corresponding to regions of older sites), and
  • Browsing by types that include community papers, papers-of-record, African-American papers, religious papers, school papers, or Native American papers.

The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia Libraries.

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