Research Services

GHS Research Center Reopening January 19, 2022

The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to announce that the GHS Research Center in Savannah will reopen on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. We are excited to complete this renovation and expansion project and look forward to welcoming you to our new state-of-the-art facility.

If you have any questions please contact Patricia Meagher, Director of Communications, at (912) 651-2125, ext. 153.

More information on the renovation is available at

Anyone with an interest in history, including scholars, students, genealogists, and the general public, is encouraged to research the Georgia Historical Society’s collections. In addition to providing reference assistance to reading room patrons, the Georgia Historical Society also offers research services to patrons who are unable to visit us in person. Additionally, the Georgia Historical Society offers on-site group orientations to using Research Center resources. Groups of 5 or more researchers must make an appointment prior to visitation; fees may apply.

Research Services Statement: The average turnaround time for research requests may be up to four weeks. Please note: fees paid for research requests are non-refundable. If you require faster service, rush fees will apply.

The Georgia Historical Quarterly (excluding the previous three years) is available electronically at JSTOR.

On-Site Reference Services –
Temporarily Unavailable During Renovation Closure

On-Site Reference Services

The first fifteen (15) minutes of research are free of charge. Non-members are assessed a $5 per day research fee, paid at the end of their visit, for research visits that exceed fifteen minutes.

Each researcher must present a valid government-issued photo ID upon each visit and complete a Patron Registration form once per calendar year. To facilitate the sign-in process, please print out and complete the registration form prior to your visit.

Researchers are assisted by the reference staff for both reference inquiries and photocopy requests.

Appointments are required for in-depth on-site service or instruction; additional fees will apply.

Telephone and Email Ready Reference –
Currently AvailableĀ on a Limited Basis During Renovation Closure

Telephone and Email Ready Reference

Ready reference questions are those that Research Center staff can answer quickly using secondary sources easily at hand at the reference desk, including the Georgia Historical Society’s online catalog. These searches are free of charge, but are very limited in scope. Patrons may submit ready reference questions by telephone or email. If using email, please submit only one question at a time and wait for a response before submitting additional questions. Results are not guaranteed. If staff determines that a question is beyond the scope of the ready reference service, we will require a formal written request. This process and the associated fees are explained below.

Advanced Search Requests –
Temporarily Unavailable During Renovation Closure

Advanced Search Requests

For research beyond the scope of a basic search request, patrons might consider hiring an independent private researcher, researching themselves on-site at the library, or submitting a request for GHS staff to perform an Advanced Search. An Advanced Search is limited to one well-defined individual, topic, or question. Patrons may submit one request at a time, waiting for a response from GHS staff before submitting additional questions. Advanced Search results may include up to 10 photocopies; fees for additional photocopies are assessed on a per page basis. Staff will check relevant resources and supply the requestor with a summarized written response of the findings. Staff will contact you if more time beyond the initial hour is required.

Advanced Search Requests must be submitted in writing on an Advanced Search Request form.

Pre-payment is required for research to begin (one hour minimum). Research Request fees are non-refundable.

Genealogical Research –
Temporarily Unavailable During Renovation Closure

The Georgia Historical Society Research Center holds an extensive collection of material useful to genealogists and family researchers. Research Center resources include select vital, land, tax and military records, cemetery indices, and directories. Researchers will find a broad collection of resources for counties throughout Georgia and neighboring states, including histories, published abstracts, historical and genealogical journals, newspapers, and U.S. Censuses.

Search Research Center collections by country, city, or surname. See Additional Resources and Links for several helpful resource guides and other online resources that are useful for genealogists.