Genealogy & History

Learn about the past and discover your family's history.

The Heritage Room
Step into the Heritage Room at our Thomasville Main Library, a treasure trove of genealogy and local history resources.  Explore our extensive collection, which includes books on local family histories, county histories with a special focus on Thomas County, periodicals, local high school yearbooks, city directories from 1946, and much more.

A Microfilm reader/printer is available to view/print the county census and Thomasville newspapers from 1861-2012 and partial 2011.  Hard copies are available from 2011 to the present upon request.

The Georgia Death Index from 1919-1998 and databases for censuses and other genealogical records are available. Four public computers are available within The Heritage Room, which offers genealogy software and free access to online genealogy services.

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Obituaries

Since 2009, in cooperation with The Jack Hadley Black History Museum and the Thomasville Genealogical History Library, the Thomas County Public Library System has been a proud participant in the ongoing project of archiving and indexing an extensive collection of over 4,200 African-American obituaries spanning the Thomas County area.

List of Obituaries
A comprehensive and ongoing list of obituaries in Thomas County.

Digital Library of Georgia
To access funeral programs through GALILEO's Digital Library of Georgia database.

Online Genealogical Resources

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AfriGeneas - African-American & African Ancestral Genealogy
A site devoted to African American genealogy, researching African Ancestry in the Americas, and genealogical research and resources.


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Ellis Island Passenger Search
An online searchable database of 22.5 million arrivals to New York between 1892 - 1924, created by the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation. Registration is required, but accessing the database is free, and you can view scanned images of actual passenger manifests.

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Heritage Quest

A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources providing genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.


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National Archives

Resources and information for citizen archivists, federal employees, genealogists and more. You may request military records or learn about other services for yourself or family members.


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Thomasville History Center Online Collections
A database of images and their descriptions of archives housed by the Thomasville History Center.

Local Genealogical Resources

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Jack Hadley Black History Museum

Thomasville's first Black History Museum was established to educate individuals about the history and culture of African Americans, locally and nationally.  Over 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts are preserved with an emphasis on Thomasville's first black achievers. 

Thomasville Genealogical Library

Housed on the Forbes Campus of Thomas University and founded in 1988 by Marguerite Neel Williams.  Patrons may access census records, military records, immigration records, cemetery survey indexes, church records, surname books, funeral records and more.

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