Heritage Room

Visit the Heritage Room to research genealogy, local & Georgia history, and more!

Heritage Room Hours

  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org) if you have any questions.

All Athens Regional Library System branches’ buildings remain closed to the public at this time. We now offer curbside holds pickup and are accepting returns in our book drops, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at most branches. Please contact us at http://athenslibrary.org/homepage/regional-information/contact-us if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. For more information about the libraries' phased re-entry plans, please click here

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October 2016 Events and Classes


Wednesday, October 12, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Heritage Conference Room

Do you have a genealogical “brick wall” you’d like to smash? Are you conducting local history research for a class and need help figuring out where to begin? Did you buy a new house recently want to research its history? Get help solving these and other research quandaries by registering for a Genealogy One-on-One!Registration required.

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If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home

CLASS 3: What is the Architectural History of My House? Using Archival Records
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Unless you live in the Taylor-Grady house or another major historic property, researching the architectural history of your home may be an elusive and frustrating process. We will be looking at a variety of resources, primarily in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library - maps, plats, photographs, city engineering records, books, aerial surveys, etc. - that may provide clues to the appearance of your home over the years. Presented by Steven Brown of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Part of a 5 class series. Click to view all classes in the series.

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Night Owl Prowl

Friday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room invite you to our annual Night Owl Prowl.

Remember all those times you found something just as the repository was about to close? Ever dream of spending the night in a genealogical collection? Now's your chance!

When the Library closes at 6:00pm on Friday, October 28, you and your fellow genealogy researchers will have the Heritage Room all to yourselves. There will be food and beverages and a security guard to walk you to your car if you leave before 11:00 p.m. The charge is $10 for COGS members and $15 for nonmembers to cover the cost of security and food. The number of participants is limited, so payment and registration form must be received by Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:00pm.

Download the registration form or register online at the COGS website.

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If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home

CLASS 4: Who Lived in My House? Using City Directories, Census, and Probate Records
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Learn who lived in your house and your neighborhood over time. Knowing what the resources are, where to find them, and how to use them can make this experience fun. What is even better is that most of them are totally free at your local library, courthouse, and online. Presented by Laura Carter.

Part of a 5 class series. Click to view all classes in the series.

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