Genealogy & History

Ancestry Library Edition
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A collection of databases that includes U.S. Census records, draft cards, birth and marriage records, obituaries, historical photos and maps, newspapers and magazines and more for genealogy research.

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FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit,
volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their
family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been
actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

MCCLS is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which means that patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at the Moultrie or Doerun libraries by clicking the link below and creating a free account.  For webinars and other help, click "Learn More."

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HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online offers a collection of genealogical and historical sources with coverage dating back to the 1700s. The collection consists of core data sets, including:

 The genealogy books collection provides digitized page images from more than 22,000 family and local histories, documentary collections, church records, military records, vital records and more.
• The Census collection features more than 800 million records from the U.S. Census, the Canada Census, U.K. Census and national censuses from several other countries. It also includes select U.S. non-population schedules from 1850-1880, Indian Census Rolls from 1885-1940 and more
• The Revolutionary War records provides access to the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, a collection of an estimated 80,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines
• The Freedman's Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865-1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era
• U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Provides access to nearly 3,000 digitized newspapers. The site was developed as an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Use Chronicling America to search digitized newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information.

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Digital Library of Georgia
A gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.

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Georgia Archives Virtual Vault
The Virtual Vault provides digital access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives.  

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MCCLS Newspaper Digital Archive
This project began in 2012 as an effort to digitize newspapers that MCCLS did not already have on microfilm (2000-2012).  Today it has grown to a comprehensive, searchable database (1894-present) that is easily accessible to the people of Colquitt County and beyond.

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