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Church HistoryTo all the local and surrounding county churches: The Thomas County Public Library would be honored to have a copy of your church history as a part of the local genealogical archives. Preserving our history for future generations is such an important legacy. So join us as we gather these historical documents for future historians and members to have access.

Church History Donations:

History of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

History of St. James Primitive Baptist Church

History of Willow Head Missionary Baptist Church

History of Providence Missionary Baptist Church

New Microfilm:

Grady County- Times Dec 1905-Feb 1906

Grady County- Progress Jul 1910- Feb 1917

Quitman- Banner Jun 1866-Dec 1873

Quitman- Independent Jun 1873-Jan 1874

Quitman- Gallaghers' Jan 1874-Aug 1875

Quitman- Reporter Feb 1874-Jun 1880

Quitman- Free Press Sep 1877- Jun 1900

Quitman- Sun Sep 26, 1891

New Books in the Heritage Room:

 May 2016

Major Butler's Legacy

Marriages, Deaths, and Etc. from The Butler (Georgia) Herald 1876-1896

Mitchell County, Georgia Marriage Records Index 1867-1940

The Brewester Genealogy Vol. 1 & 2

A Potrait of Historic Athens and Clarke County

 April 2016

Revolutionary War Pensions by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck

Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service by H. H. Cunningham

he Appomattox Paroles April 9-15, 1865 by William G. Nine and Ronald G. Wilson

North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857 compiled by Peter Wilson Coldham

Virginia County Records Vol IV Early Virginia Marriages Edited by William Armstrong Crozier

Spanish Land-Grants in Louisiana 1757-1802 by Ory G. Poret

The Founders of Saybrook Colony and their Descendants 1985

The Protestant Returns 1641-1642 and other Contemporary Listings by Jeremy Gibson and Alan Dell

A Journey to Ohio in 1810 by Margaret Van Horn Dwight

815 Directory of Virginia Landowners & Gazetter Volume 2: South Central Region by Roger G. Ward

Who Do you Belong To? An Ancestral Journey by R. L. Brown

New Family History

The Applewhite Family

Collection of African American Funeral Programs 

The Thomas County Public Library is proud of its initiative, in cooperation with The Jack Hadley Black History Museum and the Thomasville Genealogy History and Fine Arts Library, to archive and index a Collection of African-American Obituaries. This collection provides individuals with vital connections in genealogical research. This is an ongoing project that began in 2009 with over 3,800 obituaries scanned and indexed. Anyone wishing to contribute to the collection, please call the Reference Department at (229) 225-5252 ext. 102 or email us at

Buffalo Soldiers Forgotten American History Page - Lawton-Fort Sill Chapter

Unknown No Longer - Virginia Historical Society

This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items.

At the Library 

Our Heritage Room houses a collection of Genealogy and Local History resources. Books are available on local family histories; county histories with an emphasis on Thomas County; general genealogy subjects and on southeastern states; periodicals; local high school year books city directories from 1946 and a lateral file collection containing local history are available.

A state of the art Microfilm reader/printer is available to view. County census and Thomasville newspapers from 1861-2009; 2010 partial, with hard copies available from 2010 to present.

The Georgia Death Index from 1919-1998 is also available as well as databases for censuses and other genealogical records.  There are 2 dedicated computers with printer and genealogy software installed and free access to subscription on-line services and copier are also available.

TCPLS is also a Family Search Affiliate Library, which provides access to a collection of over 700,000 microfiche genealogical records available for rent and viewable here in the library.

The South Georgia Genealogical Society also meets at the library the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:30 am. 

From Home

TCPLS patrons may also access the genealogical database, Heritage Quest, from their home computers through GALILEO.  Patrons who have already set up their online PINES account may access GALILEO through PINES by clicking on the GALILEO link at the bottom of the screen once they have signed in.  If you have not set up your online PINES account you will need a password to access it and may acquire the current one by either visiting or calling your local Thomas County Public Library. 

Patrons may also find the following links useful:

The Thomas County Genealogical Library 

Ellis Island - Port of New York Passenger Records

African Ancestry in the Americas  - Through which offers mail lists, message boards, geneaology chats and more

RootsWeb - A database of websites which offers links to the Social Security death index, surname lists, charts, graphs and more

National Archives

Explore the nation's history through documents, photos, and records. Request military records or learn about other services for yourself or family members.                                                  
Military Record Requests Using Standard Form 180   
Includes teacher resources and Information for:

Citizen Archivists
Federal Employees
Members of Congress
Preservation Records Managers
The Press



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