The Dawson County Library’s Genealogy and Georgia History collection is located in the Fannie Raegan Room. The room was named after, Fannie Hardin Reagan, who was the librarian for the Dawson County Library from 1970 to 2003.
The collection is primarily regional in scope. The majority of resources concentrate on Dawson County, its predecessor counties pre-dating 1858, and ethnic and regional materials that provide background information related to early settlers.
The collection also consists of Rebekah Slaton Wilson genealogy and history work. Rebekah Slaton Wilson was a teacher for the Dawson County School System for many years as well as a local historian and genealogist. Born and raised in Dawson County, Rebekah was dedicated to the historical research of the county. The Wilson collection consists of paper and microfilm format. The remaining family files collection consists of genealogy work that was donated by other families. The files are alphabetized by the family’s surname and are located in the Family File cabinets.
The Dawson County Library’s Genealogy collection also has maps, microfilm, genealogy books, periodicals, and newspapers. If you need any help with the collection or help researching your family history feel free to contact the Information Specialist, Paula Smith, at 706-344-3690 ext. 26 or or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See these links below for specific types of records and watch for pending online resources:
- American Ancestors – Only Available Inside the Dawson County Library
- Charles B. Finley Collection
- Digital Newspaper Archive – Searchable images of Dawson County newspapers from 1879 – 2012
- Family Files in Microfilm Format
- Family Files in Paper Format
- James Roosevelt Tatum Collection
- Maps and Blueprints Collection
- Microfilm Collection – Includes Census Records, Church Records, Court Records, Vital Records, Colonial & Revolutionary War Records, Newspapers, and Miscellaneous
- Patricia Hearn Glassman Collection
- Rebekah Slaton Wilson Collection