The Dawson and Lumpkin County Libraries are pleased to present an opportunity for genealogy researchers to delve into special library collections after regular library hours. Join us at the Dawson County Library on Tuesday, March 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and/or the Lumpkin County Library on Thursday, March 28, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for an evening of genealogy research. (These events are not intended to be a general introduction to genealogy, so participants should come prepared to do independent research with occasional guidance).
The Dawson County Library is home to the Rebekah Slaton Wilson Collection, which contains hundreds of files on the families and history of Dawson County. Additionally, the Dawson County Library provides in-library access to the American Ancestors genealogy database, which contains 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries. The Lumpkin County Library hosts the Madeleine K. Anthony collection which spans over one hundred and fifty years of Lumpkin County history, covering topics such as gold mining, local families, tourism, civic organizations and more. The Lumpkin County Library also houses the Benjamin P. Gaillard Collection, which contains Dr. Gaillard’s daily observations of life in Dahlonega in the early 1900s. Each library also offers access to local newspapers on microfilm, historical and gold mining maps, family files, full online access to the Ancestry Library Edition database, and more. The Information Specialists of both library branches will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the special collections, pull materials from the archives, assist in using the microfilm reader, and offer general research guidance. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early, as the libraries close at 7:00 p.m. on the respective evenings. Please call the Dawson County Library at 706-344-3690 or the Lumpkin County Library at 706-864-3668 to sign up or if you have any questions regarding these events.