Genealogy Resources


Northwest Library located 2507 Dawson Road


DCPL offers an extensive collection of genealogical materials to assist you in family history research: county histories; handbooks; federal censuses, including the 1930 census; death registers; deeds; church records; and more. Popular local and state resources include Albany and Southwest Georgia obituaries and Georgia Censuses 1820-1940. Our Genealogy Department is located at the Northwest Branch Library and the phone number is 229-420-3270.  The DCPL Genealogy department is an official FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

Genealogy Department Hours  
Monday 10 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday closed

Library Resources | Online Resources

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library.


We have an extensive collection of genealogical materials to assist you in family history research: county histories; handbooks; federal censuses, including the 1930 census; death registers; deeds; church records; and more.

Sanborn® Fire Insurance Maps for Georgia Towns & Cities 1884-1922

Consists of fire insurance maps created by the Sanborn Map Company that depict the commercial, industrial, and residential areas of Georgia cities. The highly-detailed, color-coded maps document the changing face of Georgia cities by depicting not only the community but also each building, block, and neighborhood. The maps detail building construction, sizes, and usage as well as city services such as water and fire services.



Albany, GA Courthouses

“Albany, Georgia’s Courthouses” tells the history of social change in Albany through the lens of the county courthouse, arguing that the building itself is central to community life and a society governed by the rule of law.

Albany, GA Directories

The Albany city directories for non-consecutive years between 1922-1950 have all been digitized and are available to view online.  The directories have several ways of looking for information.  One section is organized by the four digit phone number, another by last names, the next by type of businesses and finally by each street.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

The Atlas presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties. The principal sources for these data are the most authoritative available: the session laws of the colonies, territories, and states that created and changed the counties.

County & City Data Books

Statistical Abstracts of City and County agriculture, population, banking, finances, employment, construction, education, housing, labor force, vital statistics and other topics.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites

Your FREE genealogy starting point with more than 332000 genealogy links, categorized & cross-referenced, in more than 200 categories. More than 209,300 links! 206,850 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 160 categories.

Digital Library of Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries that collaborates with Georgia’s Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources

Genealogy Research Forms from FamilySearch wiki

Family history forms help to organize family history work.  They help to track research efforts reducing duplication of effort and make research work quicker and more effective.  There are a variety of free family history forms available to download.

Georgia GenWeb Project

Official site of the GA Gen Web Project. We are a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county in the State of Georgia. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone. To learn more about our parent organization, the USGenWeb Project, visit their website linked here on our pages.

Georgia Historic Newspapers

a project of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia Libraries. Since 2007, the DLG has partnered with universities, archives, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions to digitize historical newspapers from around the state. The archive is free and open for public use and includes over one million Georgia newspaper pages between 1786 and 1986.

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content

HeritageQuest Online Revolutionary War

Military Records include the U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900 (NARA M804), U.S. Records of Confederate Prisoners of War 1861-1865, and the U.S. Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications 1887-1942.

National Archives and Records Administration

An independent agency of the U.S. government charged with the preservation and documentation of government and historical records.  Free online repository with a section dedicated to genealogical research.

New England Historic Genealogical Society

America’s oldest genealogical society, provides education and research resources with over 1.4 billion records.

Old Aerial Photographs of Albany, GA

Historic aerial images play a more vital role today than ever before with environmental assessments, change detection, and property boundary disputes. The Dougherty County Public Library is giving you access to several historical shot of our beautiful city.


PERSI is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals, and is produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Indiana. Using this valuable resource provides citations to readily-available periodical sources.

Roots Web

Roots Web is the Internet’s oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more.

Statistical Abstracts Series

These publications are a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

United States Government Manual Archives

As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.