Digital Library of Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia offers an impressive amount of Georgia history and culture in a growing collection of digitized books, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps and government documents. Although the library is based at the University of Georgia, it is accessible from just about anywhere.

The Digital Library of Georgia isn’t a single entity. It’s a number of collections maintained by different agencies and organizations. Fortunately most of it is accessible through the online library. The Digital Library has a very nice section for Genealogical Resources. It links you to records in the Georgia Archives and provides lists – with links – to Georgia genealogical societies, Georgia GenWeb sites, the Georgia Historical Society and the genealogical section of the NARA’s Southeast Region facility in Atlanta. You’ll also find links to interesting collections and other Georgia repositories containing genealogical information.

Another fascinating place to visit is the New Georgia Encyclopedia. In the Georgia Web Resources section you will find links to the Georgia Newspapers Archive, Georgia Stories, the Historical Marker Index, Sanborn Maps (1884-1922) and Vanishing Georgia. You’ll also find a link to the treasure chest in Georgia’s Virtual Vault. The Vault contains Headright and Bounty Plats of Survey (1783-1909), Militia Enrollment Lists from 1864, Service Summary Cards from the Spanish-American War, Colonial Estate Records and much more.

The Digital Library of Georgia beautifully demonstrates how far you can go without leaving your desk.

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