Genealogy

The Statesboro – Bulloch County Library has a large collection of materials for those interested in researching family history. There are approximately 8,000 books, magazines, bound periodicals (which include an oral history collection), census records, family histories, court records, marriages, land records, will abstracts, Civil War records, and cemetery records to search through. Included you will find county histories for most Georgia counties. There are also genealogy resources for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Over 200 books to aid in Genealogy research are available to be checked out, with a valid PINES Library card.

The Genealogy Department has a Facebook Group which enables members to stay up-to-date regarding programs, events, and items of interest in the area of Genealogy. Go to the group Statesboro Regional Library Genealogy for more information

 

Genealogy Classes

Every month there are different genealogy classes offered that vary in topics. Classes are normally listed in the newspaper, on the library’s monthly calendar, on the library’s website, and in the Genealogy Facebook group. We also post flyers in the library.

 

Family History Resources

Statesboro – Bulloch County Library’s Genealogy Department includes the following book collections: Family histories County histories Cemetery surveys Indexes and abstracts of early Bulloch County newspapers Indexes and abstracts of early marriages, wills, deeds, land plats and church histories for Bulloch County

Our Computer Resources include access to Ancestry Library Edition within the library. With your Statesboro Regional Public Libraries (counties of Bulloch, Bryan, Candler, Evans, and Emanuel) PINES card, patrons will have access to: HeritageQuest, News Bank, Black Lives in America, and HeritageHub. You may also bring your laptop to the library and use our free Wi-Fi.

Ancestry Library

Heritage Quest

NewsBank – America’s News 

Black Lives in America

HeritageHub 

Free Resources that can be accessed from home:

Georgia Historic Newspapers

Bulloch County Historical Newspapers Collections (Digital Commons)

Statesboro-Bulloch County Library Public History Files (Digital Commons)

Georgia Archives: Virtual Vault

They Had Names 

Digital Library of Georgia 

FamilySearch 

AccessGenealogy 

Find A Grave

Our Microfilm collection includes the Bulloch County Newspapers from 1900 to 2013. We also have Bulloch County Court and Land Records on microfilm. These include marriage licenses, deeds, marks and brands, Inferior and Superior Court Minutes, Ordinary Court Minutes, wills and estate records.

Census records are available in a variety of formats. Censuses for Bulloch County, through 1930, are transcribed and indexed in book form. We have print abstracts of many other Georgia counties as well. Of course, all Georgia Federal Censuses from 1820-1940 (and soon the 1950 census) are available on Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, and FamilySearch.

The Family File is a large surname file of information gathered from individuals and professional genealogists. It includes pedigree charts, DAR applications, copies of original documents, and many other sources of information for a particular family. You are welcome to look through the different files and make copies for your own use.

Special Local Resources

Bulloch County Genealogical Source Material by Alvaretta K. Register is an index and abstract of Bulloch County Court Records in the 1800s. It makes it easy to find deeds, wills, marriages, and much more.

Bulloch County, Georgia Cemeteries Index by Henrietta Royal is an index to all cemetery surveys which were produced in Bulloch County up to about 1980. If you do not know where an ancestor is buried, you can simply look up the name, and possibly find the cemetery name and volume which contains the survey.

Bulloch County obituaries from the mid-1970’s to the present are available in an alphabetical card file in the library. If we can locate the death date in the Georgia Death Index (1919 – 1998), we can look for the obituary in the microfilmed Bulloch County Newspapers. [Please note that not everyone will have an obituary.]

Photos of “Old Houses of Bulloch County” can be found on our Flickr page. These pictures are taken from a slide show created by the Merry Weeders Garden Club and presented to the Statesboro Regional Library in 1978. Material for the three-part series, “Old Houses in Bulloch County,” came from the Statesboro Eagle, The Bulloch Times, The Bulloch Herald, The

Statesboro News, Leodel Coleman’s Statesboro – A Century of Progress, and Bulloch County Historical Files.

The Genealogy Dept. also has a collection of Local History Files. The file drawers are located outside of the Genealogy Office. There are over 100 categories and more than 100 subcategories. There is an index of all categories and some items have been digitized.

 

Research Assistance

While we are not able to do general research for individuals, we are happy to help you find the resources you need in our library. • Appointments for assistance must be scheduled. Email and phone requests will be helped after patrons in the library have been assisted. • We cannot look up “anything you have on my great grandfather’s family.” But we will be happy to assist in finding a particular record for your ancestor. You must be able to provide enough information to do a thorough search. (Required information: Full name, date of birth/death or estimates, name of close family member, and a location your ancestor lived.) Please keep in mind not all records can be found and many must be attained elsewhere. • If you need assistance in beginning your genealogy research, need help organizing your work, or have missed a genealogy class; you are welcome to make an appointment for assistance.

 

Appointments can be made with Lillian Wingate, Regional Genealogy & Local History Coordinator. Office hour: Mon. 10-7, Tue-Fri. 9-6. Please email or call ahead to schedule an appointment. Email: lillianw@strl.info

Phone: 912-764-1340 Mail: Statesboro Regional Library, Genealogy Department, 124 S. Main St., Statesboro, GA 30458. **Ms. Wingate Does Not Appraise items. Please do not bring items in to be appraised for value or authenticity. Please contact a local antique store for appraisals.

**Donations of items, other than books, must be approved by the Library Board.

 

Bulloch County Cemeteries


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