Researching in Gwinnett County
I'm Pat Sabin, your host for the Gwinnett County GAGenWeb. Because of my avid interest in the history and genealogy of my ancestors, I host a number of genealogy, history and vintage postcard web sites, as well as several mailing lists in different parts of the country.
My contribution to the Gwinnett County GAGenWeb is in maintaining and coordinating the web site, and I hope it will always be an evolving and interesting place to visit. PLEASE NOTE: Everything I have about Gwinnett County history and genealogy is on this site orlinked from this site. I am unable to answer personal genealogy research questions. I hope that you'll find guidance on this here.
you have a question
about Gwinnett County County research that is not answered on
I recommend that you search the archived list messages of
Gwinnett County Genealogy Mailing List You
subscribing to this very active list, as there are many
Also, there are three active message boards for Gwinnett
genealogy, so you'll want to check out these boards and post
queries on these and the surname boards: Gwinnett County Queries.
If you are new to Gwinnett County, Georgia research, you'll want to review the changes in Georgia county formations. There are some excellent early Georgia maps online at the University of Georgia and University of Alabama. (Use your BACK button to return here).
If you are a new visitor to
this site, you are welcome and encouraged to explore!
If you just want to get to the "bottom line" you may
1. Search the Gwinnett County GAGenWeb Site Search. Note: this will only find information housed on this site at http://www.oldplaces.org/gwinnettga/ , including transcribed documents, cemetery transcriptions, surname registry, etc. Any data linked from the Gwinnett GAGenWeb but housed at the USGenWeb Archives, Tombstone Project, or Census Project, or any other off-site page will not be included in the search. It takes approximately a week for the site search to pick up additions of new material, but everything housed on this site will be searched.
2. Search the Gwinnett County Queries to see if someone else is researching the same family. If not, be sure to post your query! You may also want to check out and post your requests for information on the surname boards for the names you are researching, Ancestry.Com/RootsWeb, and GenForum are two such resources. They are free to use, but require creating a user name and password to post messages.
through the titles listed on the Research
page - there may be a linked web site that will be of
includes links to transcribed documents housed on this site as
off-site, including USGenWeb Special Projects. We are
fortunate to have so many census records available for
4. Visit the
VAULT, where you'll find copies from microfilm of many
including marriage records, 1843-1910, death records, images,
other historically significant materials.
can't afford a subscription to Ancestry.Com (an excellent
you can afford it), find out if your local public
Heritage Quest, which includes many images of Census
records. Some may only be accessible at your
many library systems offer home access online with your
number and password.
6. Check the Social Security Death Index at Family Search.Com (LDS Church) for your family's names and last place of residence.
out RootsWeb's WorldConnect
information that others may have posted. As with
anything on the
Internet, you'll want to verify any information you
ways at USGenWeb
Ancestry.Com from your local Gwinnett County public library
only), OR access Heritage Quest from your home computer by
the Gwinnett County Public Library site using your
number. Many public libraries offer Heritage Quest, so check
with your public library. If you live in Gwinnett County
and have a library card, go to this
page and scroll down to Genealogy: http://www.gwinnettpl.org/ResearchAndHomework/Databases/index.html
searches on Internet search engines. New information is
12. Visit FamilySearch.Org to
search form records.
If you can
subscribe to Ancestry.Com, it is a great resouce. It
runs about $14.95 a month.
If you have a chance to visit north Georgia for a genealogy field trip-
Locations with Web Sites include maps and directions
GWINNETT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Gwinnett Historical Society
P.O. Box 261
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(Located upstairs in the Old Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville)
Fax (770) 237-5616
Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Staffed by volunteers - If you are visiting, be sure to check hours.
GHS has a list of books for sale on its site. Members get a 10% discount on books and CDs.
GEORGIA ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Map to Georgia Archives
GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Locations & Hours of Branch Libraries
EAST GEORGIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
East Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 117
Winder, GA 30680
Books and CDs for sale
marriages before 1952 and after 1996, contact the
county of issue.
75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
(Gwinnett County Justice Center off Hwy 29)
The following was contributed by fellow researcher, Earl Colley, on another mailing list. It is used here with Earl's consent:
Not all LDS Churches have Family History Centers. But the people at any LDS Church should be able to tell you where to find the nearest Family History Center.
Another possibility is to go to the LDS Web site at www.familysearch.org
you need to see is the Family History
Library Catalog. At the Family History Centers
it can be seen on microfiche or on their computers. I prefer the microfiche. Ask one of the Family History Specialists to show you where the microfiche Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) is kept. Or ask them to show you how to access the FHLC on the computer. I am a
Family History Specialist at our local LDS FHC and I cheerfully do this for researchers over and over.
Let me use my own recent research as an example. I have an ancestor, Absalom Gilly, who is listed on the 1840 and the 1850 census of Carter County, Tennessee. Now I want to learn more about him.
So I went to the FHLC microfiche drawer and looked for the section for the United States. The whole file is alphabetized, so it is easy to search. In the U.S. part of the file I looked for Tennessee (again, alphabetically). Then among the Tennessee microfiche, I looked for Carter County. Now I see subjects and/or place names. I looked under "C" for Court Records. You would see Census, then Church records, then Court Records and then many other subjects further down the alphabet.
I found the list of Court Records for
Carter County, Tennessee I selected the date interval of
Opposite the chosen date interval I found a 7 digit number.
begins with 0, 1, or 2, what you want to see is a doll of
the 7 digit number begins with a 6, then you want to see a
Sometimes the number
of a film roll will begin with one or more zeros, and for convenience the zeros are not copied, but that does not happen very often.
I found the 7 digit number for the microfilm
roll that reproduces the Carter County, Tennessee Court
records for the
1840's I used that information to fill out an order form. I
who was taking orders $3.25 and gave her the order. She gave
copy of the order and sent my order (by computer modem) to
Lake City. In a little more than 2 weeks the film arrived at the FHC for my use there for about 4 weeks. If I need more time to search the film I can pay an additional fee to extend the time.
far, I found that Absalom had been ordered
to work on the road near his home, which told me the
he lived. I also found that he had been charged with selling
a slave, but was let off by only paying the court costs. I
the microfilm for the same courts for later dates, and hope
about the life of old
Among LDS families, boys (and lately girls) just out of high school offer 2 years of their life to service to their church. They get no money for that and must pay their own living expenses, usually with help from parents and relatives. One of the tasks that may be assigned to them is to take a portable microfim camera to a place where historical records are available, and copy those records on film. I think there are now a little over 2 million of those rolls of film which have been made and are filed at Salt Lake City for loan to the Family History Centers all over the world. No local Family History Center would be able to store more than a very small portion of these films. They usually keep just a few of the films that are frequently used.
I have helped hundreds of people access these records. Not every attempt is a success, but most people are happy with their results and find this method more efficient than travelling long distances to visit Court Houses, Church Archives, State Archives, National Archives, etc.