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.

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

Photo of an old home.

Did you miss any of the sessions of If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home  The 5 part series was held in the fall of 2016 and presented by Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.  All of these sessions will be presented again in one day in order to be videotaped. We invite you to attend all or any of the sessions for FREE on Saturday, February 4 at the Athens-Clarke County Library in Multipurpose Room A.

  • 10:00 a.m. - Session 1- When Was My House Built? Using Sanborn and Other Maps - Hallie Pritchett
  • 11:10 a.m. - Session 2- When Was My House Built? Researching Chain of Title - Teresa Hixson
  • 12:20 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:20 p.m. - Session 3- What is the Architectural History of My House? Using Archival Records - Steven Brown
  • 2:30 p.m. - Session 4 - Who Lived in My House? Using City Directories, Census, and Courthouse Records - Laura W. Carter
  • 3:40 p.m. - Session 5 - Putting It All Together: A Case Study in Researching a Historic Home - Alex Patterson
  • 4:50 p.m. - Session 6 - Q and A with presenters and others

January 2017 Events and Classes


Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. or
Tuesday, January 17 & 31, 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.

COGS Program: Railroad Workers Retirement Records

Saturday, January 14, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Emma Davis Hamilton, Georgia Genealogical Society board member, past president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Metro Atlanta Chapter, and adjunct instructor for the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research will present a lecture on Railroad Workers Retirement Records and Pullman porter records.

Railroad Retirement Board established in 1935 to provide benefits for railroad workers, provide a plethora of information on employees. Most are rich with genealogical details. Presentation will also include information on the Pullman porter records.

Oconee Hill Cemetery's conversion from books to web-based records, a 160-year journey

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Don Smith.

Oconee Hill Cemetery has digitized its records and created a special web link accessible for free to the public.  This presentation will show how to search a grave at Oconee Hill, see the tombstone, view the actual burial plot diagrams and get step-by-step directions to every lot in the cemetery using GIS (Geographical Information System) technology.

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