Dublin-Laurens Heritage Center
"If you look beneath it, our interest in 'roots' and in researching geneology represents an intuitive response to a deply felt need for a sense of personal and family continuity. We live in a hectic, rapidly changing, highly mobile world, where families have become physically and emotionally disconnected ... millions of people yearn to reconnect in some way with the continuity of their family's rich heritage and history." William Fletcher, Berkeley, CA.
The mission of the Dublin-Laurens Heritage Center is to collect preserve, and make accessible genealogical and historical information. The Heritage Center has grown significantly in the recent years. A community spirit nurtured and helped produce a beautiful area that holds an increasingly impressive collection. Its atmoshere is not rushed or hectic, for genealogy has been likened to several jigsaw puzzles mixed together. Piecing together a family puzzle takes time, patience, perseverance, and resources.
The primary service area consists of the four-county Oconee Regional Library, including Laurens, Johnson, Washington and Treutlen, but visitors and requests come from all over the United States. Most patrons are older than 35; however, more and more young people, are becoming interested in knowing more about their family heritage. Their interest increases awareness in local, state, and national history.
The Dublin-Laurens Heritage Center offers internet access, interlibrary loan services and research assistance. Write in requests are filled for a fee. The Heritage Center also provides workshops and programs designed to build knowledge in using the resources of the Heritage Center.
Collections include all of the surviving federal census records and indexes released to date for the state of Georgia. This includes the 1820 through 1930 Georgia census, printed indexes for 1820 through 1870 and the Soundex Index for 1880 through 1930. Microfilmed court records and newspapers for many of our neighboring counties are available as well as the following on microfilm: Georgia Death Index,1919-1994; Georgia Marriage Index,1963-1992; and Georgia Divorce Index 1965-1994. An extensive Laurens County obituary file from The Courier Herald, Dublin's daily newspaper, is available from the 1960s to present. Our book collection includes materials such as family histories, Georgia county histories, newspaper abstracts, Dublin, East Laurens, and West Laurens High School yearbooks, Dublin City directories, military abstracts, indexes for Revolutionary through Civil War, and land lottery records. Additionally we have information on neighboring states that include histories, census information and vital records data.
The public is invited to visit the Dublin-Laurens Heritage Center and use its collection of resources. Donations of personal research and memorial contributions to build the collection are encouraged and appreciated.