Genealogy

The Thomas County Public Library is proud of its initiative, in cooperation with The Jack Hadley Black History Museum and the Thomasville Genealogical History Library, to archive and index a Collection of African-American Obituaries. This collection provides individuals with vital connections in genealogical research. This is an ongoing project that began in 2009 with over 4,200 obituaries scanned and indexed. To access funeral programs using GALILEO Digital Library of Georgia click here.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the collection, please call the Reference Department at (229) 225-5252 ext. 102 or click to email us

Heritage Room

Our Heritage Room houses a collection of Genealogy and Local History resources. Books are available on local family histories; county histories with an emphasis on Thomas County; general genealogy subjects and on southeastern states; periodicals; local high school year books city directories from 1946 and a lateral file collection containing local history are available.

A state of the art Microfilm reader/printer is available to view the counties census and Thomasville newspapers from 1861-2012; 2011 partial, with hard copies available from 2011 to present.

The Georgia Death Index from 1919-1998 is also available as well as databases for censuses and other genealogical records. There are four computers which offer genealogy software and free access to subscription on-line services. Copying and printing are available for .10 per black and white page and .50 per color page.

TCPLS is also a Family Search Affiliate Library, which provides access to a collection of over 700,000 microfiche genealogical records available for rent and viewable here in the library.

The South Georgia Genealogical Society also meets at the library the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:30 am.

From Home

TCPLS patrons may also access the genealogical database, Heritage Quest, from their home computers through GALILEO. Patrons who have already set up their online PINES account may access GALILEO through PINES by clicking on the GALILEO link at the top of the screen once they have signed in. PINES account password can be obtained by either visiting or calling the Thomas County Public Library at 229-225-5252.

Patrons may also find the following links useful:

National Archives

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