About the Georgia Room

The Georgia Room, located in the Switzer Library (formerly known as the Central Library), is a genealogical and historical collection. The Georgia Room collection serves the needs of a broad spectrum of users with diverse informational and educational pursuits. We welcome everyone who wishes to use these special resources to search for ancestors or research the history of Cobb County and Georgia.

While the Georgia Room collection is a reference collection and does not circulate, the room is open to everyone who wishes to use the collection. Appointments are not required, and our helpful staff is available for assistance with research projects. The purpose of the Georgia Room is to develop and maintain an in-depth collection of materials having lasting historical and genealogical value to support the informational, educational, and research needs of its users.

History of the Georgia Room

The Georgia Room was founded in 1970 through the generous bequest of Miss Virginia Vanstone Crosby in memory of her father, Charles Mayo Crosby. Miss Crosby was an active community member and the first Marietta woman to run for mayor of the city. Since its inception, many have contributed to the growth and development of the Georgia Room collection. In 2007 the Georgia Room was greatly expanded as a result of a generous donation from the Library Foundation.

Collection Overview

Material concerning Cobb County and Georgia is of primary importance, with an emphasis on genealogical and historical materials relating to the southeastern United States. Most of the materials in the Georgia Room collection are in book form, although other formats are included. The Georgia Room does not purchase individual family histories, but does accept them as donations.

Georgia Room Arrangement

View a floorplan of the room here.

 

The Georgia Room has a wealth of resources for individuals looking for information about their family’s history, and our knowledgeable library staff members are available to help with your genealogy research. While library staff do not conduct genealogical research for individuals, the Cobb County Public Library System is able
to collect materials that help researchers conduct their own genealogical research.

The library has an extensive collection of historical and genealogical materials on Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, and the surrounding areas and states. This material is primarily in books and on microforms.

 

FIRST WEDNESDAYS IN THE GEORGIA ROOM:
“Research and Refreshments”

Every first Wednesday there will be a talk in the Georgia Room about a different subject for those patrons interested in family history.

The discussions will begin at seven o’clock.  Please feel free to come early and stay late to see some of the new(and old) sources in the Georgia Room. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Topics to be covered each month:

Feb 3: Reunions and Memoirs

Mar 2: Preservation of photos and papers

Apr 6: Disaster plans in case of fire or water damage to your records

May 4: Census records and migration patterns of ancestors

Jun 1: How to write your family’s story

Jul 6: How to organize your records

Aug 3: Unfamiliar words and the meanings used in records of our ancestors(legal, medical)

Sep 7: Addresses and available archives and services within traveling distance for research

Oct 5: Adoption and challenges searching for birth families

Nov 2: African American research

 

Genealogy Resources

Our wide variety of genealogy resources includes:

  • Genealogy research guides
  • Georgia census indexes
  • Local family history collection
  • Immigration resources
  • Family heraldry and pedigree resources
  • Garrett’s Necrology of Atlanta and environs
  • Online databases:
    • Heritage Quest
    • Resource for census data, family records, and local histories. This collection assembles U.S. federal census, family genealogies and local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records. Part of GALILEO. More information »
    • Ancestry Library Edition
    • This database is not available outside of the library.
      Requires a CCPLS library card number and PIN
    • 1940 Census Data
    • Gale Genealogy Connect
      Designed specifically to empower researchers, this advanced online tool also instructs users in proper research methods, helping them organize and define goals to build the best possible family tree. Gale Genealogy Connect makes it easy for users to access genealogical content and discover the information most meaningful to their research.
      Requires a CCPLS library card number and PIN
    • Fold3™ History and Genealogy Archives
      This resource combines original historical documents and personal histories to create a unique historical and genealogical resource. These digital images of records, preserved in the National Archives and other regional archives, represent a growing collection of historic documents—most never before available on the Internet. The collection features millions of records available from a content partnership with The National Archives. The enhanced search interface of this collection allows search results to be filtered by key facets–including Document Categories and Titles, Dates, States and more–to maximize the quality of results. The Fold3 mini-viewer allows for quick scanning of the pages of a document, while the full viewer provides even more features, including printing, downloading and sharing capabilities.
      Requires a CCPLS library card number and PIN

Local history collection gems include church histories, state and county histories, personal
narratives, diaries and letters or any other accounts of events which have affected the history of the United States, including records documenting United States military involvement since the Revolutionary War with a concentration on the Civil War.

Local History Collection

These resources may be helpful for those interested in local history:

  • Oral history collection
  • Vertical files
  • Atlases and maps
  • Local newspapers, including:
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution: January 1886-present
    • Marietta Daily Journal: 1868-present
    • Austell Enterprise: May 1948-December 1978
    • Cobb County Times: August 5, 1916-April 11, 1968
    • Mableton Mail: December 20, 1960-December 30, 1965
    • Sweetwater News Enterprise: January 25, 1979-January 9, 1986