Family Research & Local History

The Chestatee Regional Library System has resources to help you discover your roots.

Here you will find links to useful resources that will aid you in your family and local history research. 


Additional online genealogical resources include:



to access Heritage please go through Galileo


Please have a look around, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Dawson County Genealogy Resources Print E-mail

Dawson County Historical & Genealogical Society

The purpose of the society is to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of Dawson County. It's major activities center around the discovery, collection, and preservation of historical materials, as well as disseminating and arousing interest in both historical and genealogical information. Meetings are at 5:30pm in the Dawson County Library, the 3rd Tuesdays of January, April, July and October. Collections maintained by the society are available for viewing in the old courthouse on Wednesdays from 10am to 5pm. Phone for more information - 706-265-3985; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Write to P.O. Box 1074, Dawsonville, GA 30534. See their webpage for more information.

Dawson County Library has several special collections available for researchers:

Dawson County Library's genealogy and Georgia history collection is housed in the Fannie Reagan Room. The room is named for veteran county librarian and Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society officer, Fannie Hardin Reagan. The collection is primarily regional in scope. The majority of resources concentrate on Dawson County, its predecessor counties pre-dating 1858, and ethnic and regional materials that provide background information related to early settlers.

The Rebekah Slaton Wilson Collection comprises the majority of family histories, and is supplemented with researcher contributions. Family files are in book, paper and microfilm formats and are arranged by surname. The files comprise family group sheets, ancestor charts, news clippings, correspondence, transcriptions and other materials.

See these links below for specific types of records and watch for pending online resources:


Birth Announcements

Marriage Announcements


*Includes marriage & birth records 

Learning About Census Records PDF Print E-mail

Have you ever wondered how to use a Census Record for genealogy research but really had no idea where to begin? Look no further. Atlanta History Center archivist Sue VerHoef will be here to offer tips, techniques, and effective strategies for using Census records in your own genealogy research. Registration is not required. The program will be held at the Dawson County Library on Tuesday, April 29 from 6:00PM-7:00PM. If you have any questions please call 706-344-3690.


Lumpkin County Genealogy Resources Print E-mail

Lumpkin County Library has several special collections available for researchers:

  • Madeleine K. Anthony Collection (1828-1988) contains information on Lumpkin County, many local families, mines, tourism and its development, schools, the Civil War, Gold Rush Days Festival, the Georgia State Capitol (as it relates to Lumpkin County), civic organizations and other Lumpkin County history topics. The Digital Library of Georgia presents parts of this collection online, and presents a finding aid for the entire collection with links to the items available online.
  • Magdalene Christian Crowell Collection contains genealogy materials about Magdalene's Christian and allied families. These materials include correspondence, notes, copies of partial indexes and entries from publications pertaining to specific families, copies and some original documents (including marriage records, deeds, wills, and store ledgers) and photographs.
  • Ruth Rogers Williams Collection contains research procedures and notes on the genealogy of the Loughridge, Rogers, and allied families.
  • Lorenzo Dow Davis Collection (1832-1893) contains documents formerly belonging to the Lorenzo Dow Davis family.   Includes documents pertaining to the 1832 land lottery.
  • Lumpkin County Heritage Collection contains original government documents (bound in ledgers and loose) of the Lumpkin County Office of the Supervisor of Elections and Registrar and the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office. It also contains various correspondence, proceedings, minutes, constitutions and bylaws, photographs and other materials from non-government community organizations.


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