Background Sources for Georgia

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This entry was originally written by the Johni Cerny and Robert S. Davis for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Georgia Family History Research series.
History of Georgia
Georgia Vital Records
Census Records for Georgia
Background Sources for Georgia
Georgia Maps
Georgia Land Records
Georgia Probate Records
Georgia Court Records
Georgia Tax Records
Georgia Cemetery Records
Georgia Church Records
Georgia Military Records
Georgia Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Georgia Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Georgia Immigration
Ethnic Groups of Georgia
Georgia County Resources
Map of Georgia


Georgia records and research are discussed in detail in Robert S. Davis Jr., Research in Georgia (Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980), and Ted O. Brooke and Robert S. Davis, Georgia Research (Atlanta: Georgia Genealogical Society, 2002). James E. Dorsey’s Georgia Genealogy and Local History (Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1983) offers articles and abstracts of Georgia records. It was updated annually in the Georgia Historical Quarterly until 1989 when the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly began publishing the updates.

Sources for the state’s history include:

  • Coleman, Kenneth, ed. A History of Georgia. 2d ed. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1991.
  • Coulter, E. Merton. Georgia: A Short History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1964.
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