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Inside the Mary Willis Library

Genealogical Research

Since Wilkes County was the first county formed in Georgia, it was very large and many people settled in the area while migrating from the northern colonies or Georgia coastal region. People from all over the country come to Wilkes County to research their ancestry, and if you have found roots this area, here is a list of places to help you on your quest for family history.


The Mary Wills Library

is a spectacular place for genealogical research. They have an extensive collection of local books and newspapers to guide you in your research efforts. You will want to sit and read for hours in this beautiful historic structure. For more information on the library and their research room, visit their website or call (706)678-7736


The Wilkes County Courthouse

holds all the county records for Wilkes County, many of which date back to the county's earliest period. If you looking for property deeds, marriage, birth or death certificate and/or last wills and testaments, you will find these at our Courthouse. For more information, call the Clerk of Courts office (706)678-2423


The Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation

is the leader in preservation and interpretation of Washington-Wilkes' history. This progressive non-profit organization keeps history alive for future generations. They are currently working a cemetery guide for Rest Haven (our public cemetery) and other cemeteries and graveyards around the county. They have an archive and are looking to expand their genealogy records. They are interested in your research and may be able to find information on many families from this area. For more information, visit their website or call (706)678-5001 or toll free (877)221-7689


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