The Genealogical and Historical Room has one of the most outstanding reference collections of its type in the South. It was founded in 1923 by the Mary Hammond Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who realized the need for the library to provide source material and assistance for people tracing their lineage and searching for facts about their ancestors. They also believed that certain old and irreplaceable records of local and regional history should be preserved for the future and made available for researchers.
Starting with a small but valuable collection given by the James Hyde Porter family and housed in part of a small room, the Genealogical and Historical Room has grown to include more than 23,000 volumes and over 17,000 microforms. Located on the ground floor of the Washington Memorial Library, it is considered outstanding by genealogists and historians from all over the United States. Last year over 13,000 researchers came from 38 states and 5 foreign countries to use the facilities.
The growth of this room is a direct result of the support of enthusiastic and
interested people and groups of people who, living not only in Macon but in many
other parts of the country, have generously given money, books, and furnishings.
Many of these gifts have been as memorials; the bookplates and the plaques on
the equipment and furnishings give some indication as to those persons who have
been responsible for the success of this room.
General guidance and assistance is furnished by the staff of the Genealogical and Historical
Room. Reference service is available in person or by mail.
Photocopiers and microfilm/microfiche printers are available for the
reproduction of materials.
Family Bible record
The public is invited to visit the Genealogical and Historical Room and to share this lasting collection of our heritage.
The Central Georgia Genealogical Society was organized in October 1978. The Society's primary geographical area consists of 27 contiguous counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crawford, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Houston, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Macon, Monroe, Montgomery, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Wheeler, Wilcox and Wilkinson.
Thanks to the generosity of the Central Georgia Genealogical Society, numerous items have been purchased to enhance the use of the room. The latest purchase is a Minolta RP606z Microfiche Reader/Printer which is available to all who make use of the room.
Society publications are available for purchase at Washington Memorial Library.
Genealogy reference service is not available by telephone.
If you are interested in sending a question to the staff of the Genealogical & Historical Room, please read the following:
The reference service of the Genealogical & Historical Room is designed to address questions that may be answered from available indexed sources in our collection. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:
You must provide the following information about yourself when sending a request:
If you are advised that your question requires more extensive research, you may come to the library or engage the services of a professional researcher (http://www.gagensociety.org/members.htm).
With the large number of research requests received and the limited staff time available, we respond to only three specific questions per letter. Please wait until you receive the library’s reply to one letter before submitting another.
You must provide the following information before we can address your question:
The type of requests we CAN respond to are:
The type of requests we CANNOT respond to are:
Send E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Genealogy & History Room Hours:
The Genealogy & History is closed for the following holidays:
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For many of these holidays, the library is closed Saturday also. Please telephone if you have any questions about our holiday closings.