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 About the Georgia Room

The Georgia Room, located in the Switzer Library (formerly known as the Central Library), is a genealogical and historical Special 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, Georgia, and beyond.

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.

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History of the Georgia Room (Back to Top)

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 (Back to Top)

The Georgia Room has an extensive collection of historical and genealogical materials on Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, and over half of the rest of the fifty states. Most of the materials in the Georgia Room collection are in book form, although other formats are included, such as photos, maps, and microform.

The Georgia Room has a wealth of resources for individuals looking for information about their family’s history. The Georgia Room does not purchase individual family histories, but does accept them as donations. Our knowledgeable staff members are available to help you with your genealogy research and while Georgia Room staff do not conduct genealogical research for individuals, they do assist in research projects.

Any outside research requests should be directed to maggie.thomas@cobbccounty.org. Because of limited staff, Georgia Room employees will spend no longer than one hour on any single mail, fax, electronic, or telephone requests. These requests should generally be restricted to straightforward reference (obituary requests, etc.). Requests will not be researched over the phone, they will be written down along with the name, phone number, and email of the researcher. Requests will be handled as soon as possible in the order in which they were received.

First Mondays in the Georgia Room: Research and Refreshments (Back to Top)

Every first Monday of the month in the Georgia Room there will be a presentation/workshop about various genealogical subject matter. The presentations all begin at 7pm and generally last for 45 minutes to an hour. Please feel free to come early and stay late to take a look at the fantastic resources in the Georgia Room. Light refreshments will be served. Please check the monthly schedule often, changes in programs are subject to be made at any time.

Topics to be covered each month:


Feb 5: African American Research: In honor of Black History Month, we are presenting a workshop covering African American Genealogy 101! We will provide the basic fundamentals to understand available records and resources and begin researching.

Mar 5: Newspaper Research: Newspapers offer a fascinating look into the lives of your ancestors; learn what to look for and how to look for it!

Apr 2: Name Changes in Genealogy: Immigrant names, Americanization of names, marriages, misspellings, adoptions, you NAME it!

May 7: Family History Through Your Recipe Box: Family recipes can fill us with nostalgia and draw us closer to family. Join us to take a look at your recipes with an historian’s and genealogist’s eye!

Jun 4: Copyright Law: Who owns genealogical research? What is copyright? Ownership? Fair Use? Domain? Learn about these and the dos and don’ts of using other people’s research, even when it’s about your own ancestors!

Jul 2: Online Search Tips – Google Books and More: The value of the Google Books service for family history and genealogy can be substantial. Lean this and other online searching techniques to help you with your research.

Aug 6: Revolutionary War Research: A 101(beginner’s) workshop on how to search for Revolutionary War ancestors

Sep 10: Genealogy Crafts: Join us as we create some fun Family History crafts and projects to make and display at home as well as impress the non-genealogists in your life with heartfelt, handmade gifts through the upcoming holidays!

Oct 8: Cemetery Searches/Headstones: Cemetery research is about more than just finding where ancestors are buried, it can reveal previously unknown family information! We explore how to get started and how to get the most possible information out of it.

Nov 5: Brick Walls: Most brick walls are artificial or self-imposed. Learn how to find a way to dig around, under, and over those walls!

Dec 3: Genealogical Technology: : Keep up with the constantly changing digital world of modern genealogy! Come learn about programs, apps, devices, and more to help keep you organized and up to date!

Genealogy and History Resources (Back to Top)


Thursdays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Do you need help with a question that requires time beyond general assistance? You can reserve a one-on-one session with a genealogy librarian for up to one hour of in-depth uninterrupted help.

Get help with issues such as:

  • An overview of the Georgia Room collection and services
  • Introduction to the library catalog and how to find a book in the Georgia Room
  • Learn about the Georgia Room’s online databases and resources
  • Learn how to use the microfilm/fiche readers; tips and tricks
  • How to utilize InterLibrary Loan
  • Advice on using genealogical resources in the Georgia Room
  • Do you have a brick wall or other genealogy question? If we can’t help, we’ll find who can!

This service is free. Reservations are required and made at the Georgia Room front desk or by calling 770-528-2333.

Georgia Room Review Newsletter

Are you interested in keeping up with the latest genealogical news from the Georgia Room? Please subscribe to our bi-monthly e-newsletter: The Georgia Room Review! Contact us today at maggie.thomas@cobbcounty.org to get added to our mailing list.

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