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Mildred E. Ward Special Collections Room

Catoosa County Library

The resources in the Mildred E. Ward Special Collections Room can help provide some of the pieces to the puzzle when tracing your family history, especially those from the North Georgia area. Although the primary focus is on Catoosa County and the surrounding areas and Georgia, we have some select information regarding several other states.


The collection includes works by local authors, Genealogy-related periodicals, “family files,” maps, obituary cards, and Revolutionary and Civil War military records and pension books.  Additionally, we have a large Native American section, focusing on the Cherokee Nation.

Researching Your Ancestry

While our special collections items cannot be checked out, we encourage everyone to come and explore their roots.

In addition to our book resources, we have several maps, news clippings, and microfilm reels. Through GALILEO, patrons also have free access to several databases.

Ancestry Library Edition is available on all of our computers. This resource is only available at the library.  


Getting Started

Are you just getting started looking into some local history or tracing back your roots and not quite sure how to get started?

Download these helpful guides or visit Getting started with Local History or Getting Started with Genealogy for a quick step-by-step process with lots of helpful links.

Galileo Databases

The following resources can be accessed for free when using Galileo.

  • Ancestry Library

    (when accessed at the library)

  • Digital Library of Georgia

  • Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive

  • National Archives

  • Georgia Archives

Request Form

For additional assistance, download our Genealogy Request Form and return it to a staff member, mail it to us, or email it to

Requests can take up to a month to process. Our staff does not conduct general searches and we cannot locate living friends/relatives for you.

Other Helpful Websites

The following resources are available online without the need for a library card. Some services listed may require the creation of an account or payment for access.

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