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Georgia Archives Virtual Vault

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Listed in Chatham, Church & Religion, Death Records, Free, Georgia, Land Records, Libraries & Museums & Archives, Manuscript Collections, Maps & Geography, Marriage & Divorce, Names & Surnames, Pension Records, Photographs, Postcards, Spanish-American War, US Civil War, Wilkes, Wills & Probate


Georgia Archives Virtual Vault has “some of Georgia’s most important historical documents, from 1733 to the present. The Virtual Vault provides virtual access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives.”

Here are some Virtual Vault Collections:

Carnegie Family Collection “Photograph albums compiled by the family of Lucy Coleman Carnegie, who owned most of Cumberland Island, Georgia, from 1881 to 1972 when it was purchased by the National Park Service.”

Chatham County Deed Books “Deeds showing property transactions in Chatham County, Georgia.  These are from Record Group 125-01-003, Chatham County, Superior Court, Deeds and Mortgages.”

Church Records Microfilm Collection (No Images) “The Church Records Microfilm Index is the card catalog, compiled by Georgia Archives staff, of the Archives’ holdings of church records on microfilm. The cards have been scanned and saved in PDF format with one PDF for the cards for each county.”

Colonial Estate Records “Estate records from estates probated in the Colony of Georgia, 1754-1777.  These records are from Record Group 49-1-1, Colony of Georgia–Estate Records.”

Colonial Plats and Warrants “Warrants of survey and plats of land grants recorded in the Colony of Georgia.  These records are from Record Group 3-3-56, Surveyor General, Survey Records, Colonial Plats and Warrants.”

Colonial Will Books “Wills recorded in the Royal Colony of Georgia.  These records are from Record Group 049-01-005, Colony of Georgia – Will Books. After Georgia became a royal colony in 1754, the governor acted as ordinary or appointed an official to carry out such duties.  The ordinary probated wills, provided instructions to administrators for the inventory and appraisal of an estate, and ensured that administrators followed all legal requirements in settling the estate. …Each will includes: The name of the testator, Date and residence of the testator when the will was written, Bequests, and Any instructions regarding the estate of the decedant.”

Confederate Enlistment Oaths and Discharges “Documents, encluding enlistment oaths, oaths of allegiance, discharges, and pay records, from troops recruited by the State of Georgia, either before the units were turned over to Confederate service outside of Georgia, or for units intended for service only within the state.”

Confederate Pension Applications “1879-1960, Applications, supporting documentation, and correspondence for indigent or maimed Confederate veterans or indigent widows of Confederate soldiers.  These records are from Record Group 058-01-001, Confederate Pensions and Records, Pension Office, Pension Applications.”

County Maps “The County Map File consists of maps of Georgia’s 161 (now 159) counties collected by the Office of Surveyor General. Many of the maps in this collection were produced under the direction of the state between 1866 – 1935, including those created by Acts of the General Assembly and the State Highway Department; some maps were created in conjunction with the United States Post Office Department and the Department of Agriculture. The several types of county maps show cities, towns, roads and highways, watercourses, and other geographic and topographic features.”

County Records Microfilm Index (No Images) “The County Records Microfilm Index is the card catalog, compiled by Georgia Archives staff, of the Archives holdings of county records on microfilm.  The cards have been scanned and saved in PDF format with one PDF for the cards for each county.”

County Tax Digests “County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives. The digital collection currently includes eighteenth century tax records.”

District Survey Field Notebooks “Before Georgia’s land lotteries of 1805-1833, land surveyors measured the districts to be distributed and created plat maps. These are the field notes from the original surveys.”

File II Names “File II is an artificial record series created by Georgia Archives staff beginning in the 1930s and arranged for easy alphabetical access by personal name to Archives records.”

File II Counties and Subjects “File II Counties and Subjects is an artificial record series created by Georgia Archives staff beginning in the 1930s and arranged for easy access by subject or county to Archives records.”

Flag Collection (Capitol Museum Collection) “In 1905, Georgia Gov. Joseph Terrell announced that the U.S. War Department had returned twenty-six Civil War flags to Georgia. He requested state funds to preserve the collection. In 1916, the General Assembly mandated that the flags from the Civil War and Spanish American War “be preserved for all time in the Capitol of the State.”

General Name File (No Images) “The General Name File is a card index of personal names in state, local and personal records compiled by Georgia Archives staff.”

Georgia Death Certificates “Georgia Death Certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918.”

Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates “This Death Certificate search system is provided as an interim solution until the records for 1928-1930 can be indexed and added to the Death Certificate Collection. Many users have asked for these records, so we are providing them with scanned images of the original Vital Records index.”

Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index (No Images) “The original Colonial and Headright Plat Indices were compiled between 1856 and 1859 in four manuscript volumes. Separate volumes cover all names beginning with the letters A through F, G through M, N through S, and T through Z.”

Georgia Power Photograph Collection “Photographs of lighting installations for businesses by Georgia Power. The 305 photographs from this collection are from Accession 1979-0071M, Georgia Power Company Collection.”

Governors’ Letterbooks “This collection consists of fourteen letterpress copybooks of outgoing correspondence of Governors William Y. Atkinson, Allen D. Candler, Alfred H. Colquitt, John B. Gordon, Henry D. McDaniel, William J. Northen, James M. Smith, and Alexander H. Stephens.  These books date from 1872 to 1899.”

Headright and Bounty Plats “1783-1909, This series consists of original plats of survey for headright and bounty land plats.  They are the copies submitted to the Surveyor General to be recorded in plat books, the official record copy.”

Historic Maps “The Historic Map File consists of maps collected by the Office of Surveyor General focusing on Georgia.  They include maps of the State of Georgia, Georgia towns, and of the southeastern United States, dating from the 1740s.”

Historic Postcard Collection “These 1,666 postcards, dating from the early 1900s through the 1970s, come from a variety of sources in the collections of the Georgia Archives. They depict many historical buildings and landmarks throughout the state.”

Lamar Q. Ball Collection “This collection consists of photographs collected by Lamar Q. Ball for his multivolume history of World War II in Georgia.  Only one volume of this history, Georgia in World War II: A Study of the Military and Civilian, vol. I, 1939, was published.  These photographs date from 1934 to 1945.

Leo Frank Clemency Application, 1915 “Material concerning the trial and appeals of Leo Frank. Included are his application file for executive clemency to commute his sentence from death to life imprisonment, plus evidence from the collection of Governor John M. Slaton.”

Marriage Records from Microfilm “Marriage Records from Microfilm are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives. Most of the records are in the possession of the county court which produced the records. Some are in the possession of the Georgia Archives.”

Militia Enrollment Lists, 1864 “Enrollment Lists of all free white males between sixteen and sixty not serving in Confederate or State service, required under the Act of the Georgia General Assembly for re-organizing the Georgia Militia passed December 14, 1863. These records are from Record Group 022-01-004, Adjutant General, Militia Records.”

Newspapers on Microfilm Index (No Images) “The Newspapers on Microfilm Index is the card catalog, compiled by Georgia Archives staff, of the Archives’ holdings of newspapers records on microfilm. The cards have been scanned and saved in PDF format with one PDF for approximately 25 to 30 cards.”

Small Print Collection “The Small Print Collection consists of photographs and visual images roughly 8×10 or smaller collected by the Georgia Archives.  This selection from the Small Print Collection consists of images related to Georgia and includes street scenes, buildings, industrial and commercial sites, politicians, aerial views …”

Spanish-American War Service Summary Cards “Georgia raised three militia regiments for service in the Spanish-American War (April-December 1898). All three regiments were sworn into service by mid-May, 1898. They were discharged from service on November 18, 1898.”

Vanishing Georgia “The Vanishing Georgia Photographic Collection of almost 18,000 images is the result of a Georgia Archives project begun in the mid-1970s to locate and copy historically significant photographs held by individuals throughout Georgia.”

Virtual Georgia “This collection consists of historical and modern images documenting many aspects of everyday life in Georgia. These images were donated to the Archives by current Georgia residents and descendants of former Georgians from across the country. The collection is an extension of the Archives’ Vanishing Georgia collection.”

Western and Atlantic Railroad Records “The Western and Atlantic Railroad was a state owned and operated railroad created by an enabling act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1836.  The route ran from Chattanooga to a spot near what is now Forsyth and Magnolia Streets in Atlanta.”

Wilkes County Court Records “Wilkes County Court Records includes documents from the Superior, Inferior and Ordinary Courts of Wilkes County, Georgia.  The records from this collection are from accession 1978-0528M, also known as the New Toomey collection.”

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