We offer access to Ancestry (from within our library branches only) and Heritage Quest Online. The GALILEO password is required for both of these resources – this is a password that changes every three months. Please call us with your library card number or stop in your closest library to get the current password.

Electronic Library Resources galileo (GALILEO Password Required)
Includes U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930. This collection also contains more than 1,000 historical maps, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, and assorted Civil War documents. In Library Use only. (A free, limited edition of this database is available at, but the full version is available from our branches.)

Heritage Quest Online  galileo (GALILEO Password Required)
1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census with complete original images, plus many head-of-household name indexes, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedmans Bank Records and more. Remote access is available.

Genealogy Resource Guide  A comprehensive online resource that takes users step by step through the process of genealogical research and offers tips, tricks, and information to help cover all aspects of finding family members.

Ancestry Guides/DNA Testing

ConsumerAffairs DNA Testing and Ancestry Guide

Until recently, you could only learn about your family history by talking to your oldest relatives and visiting libraries and archives to confirm what they told you. These days, digitized public records and DNA analysis make it possible to learn so much more. You can see the manifests from the ship your relatives came to the United States on and even learn where your ancestors lived thousands of years ago. You can also get health information from these DNA tests.

If you’re ready to learn more about your family ancestry, this guide will walk you through all your options when choosing a DNA testing company or ancestry website.


Community Resources

Also, there are other local organizations that offer access to resources that can help you conduct genealogical research.

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc.
71 Macon Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Visit their website

Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Visit their website

Jonesboro Family History Center
2100 Lake Jodeco Road
Jonesboro, GA 30260
Visit their website

National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Visit their website