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. Included you will find county histories of the area and many church histories. There are also resources available on North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. We also have over 200 books to aid in Genealogy research, which may be checked out with a valid PINES Library card.
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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 Library Genealogy for more information.
Every month there are different classes that vary in topics. They will be Genealogy and History based. Classes are normally listed in the newspaper, on our monthly calendar, on the website, and in the Genealogy Facebook group. We also post flyers in the library.
There are currently over 35 different classes taught by Regional Genealogist, Lillian Wingate. If you miss a class, you may schedule an appointment to review the materials.
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Many of our local resources are available for purchase. Some items are now out of print. Please call ahead or email to request materials. To view our catalog, click the link below. Mail form to: 124 South Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458.
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Family History Resources
Statesboro – Bulloch County Library’s Genealogy Department includes the following book collections:
Indexes and abstracts of newspapers
Indexes and abstracts of marriages, wills, deeds, land plats and church histories
Our Computer Resources include free access to Ancestry Library Edition (within the library) and Heritage Quest (available also from your home). You may also bring your laptop and use our free Wi-Fi.
Our Microfilm collection includes the Bulloch County Newspapers from 1900 to 2013. We also have Bulloch County Court 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 both book and microform. We have print abstracts of many other Georgia counties as well. Of course, all Georgia Federal Censuses from 1820-1940 are available on Ancestry Library Edition.
The Family File is a large surname file of information gathered from individuals and professional genealogists. It includes pedigree charts, DAR applications, and 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 the index will lead you to the cemetery and the 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.
We also have a collection of Local History Files. The cabinets 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.
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. (Example: Name, date of birth/death, name of spouse/parent/child, 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 work, have missed a genealogy class, or simply need help organizing your work; you are welcome to make an appointment for help.
Appointments can be made with Lillian Wingate, Regional Genealogy & Local History Coordinator.
Office hours will vary, so please email or call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bulloch County Cemeteries
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