An After-hours Genealogy Event!

Seek and Find Your Relatives at the North Hall Technology Center

Research family history to your heart’s content on Friday, June 14th from 5 to 9 pm

This event is not for beginners or the faint of heart! 

The core collection of the Sybil Wood McRay Genealogy & Local History Collection has recently moved to its temporary home in the North Hall Technology Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville, GA. The genealogy collection will be open to ticket holders until 9:00 pm. (but you may arrive early and stay late). At 5:00 pm the library doors will close to anyone not preregistered for this event.

The cost is $9.00 per person. We must receive your check and completed  Registration form by Monday, June 10th.

The Sybil Wood McRay Genealogy & Local History Collection offers full online access to the Ancestry Library Edition Database which includes the Federal Census for the United States; Heritage Quest Online, and the ever-expanding Georgia’s Historic Newspapers Collection available through the Digital Library of Georgia. We also have microfilm of local Hall County newspapers starting in the late 1800’s through the present; and cemetery records.

Our newest database addition is MyHeritage Library Edition which features more than 9 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions, Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images, and more than 816 million US public records. We have also completed the Mayflower Families through Five Generations Series.

Please visit the online PINES Catalog at to plan your search strategy. Copies can be made of resources. Staff will be available to assist you during the event on June 14.

Space is limited. Call 770-532-3311, ext. 181 for more information. North Hall Technology Center  • 4175 Nopone Road • Gainesville, GA 30506

Include your non-refundable check made out to the Hall County Library System for $9.00 per person which covers the cost of supper. Mail your check and registration form to:

North Hall Technology Center
Genealogy Department
4175 Nopone Road, Suite B
Gainesville, GA 30506

Check and completed registration form must be received by Monday, June 10th.
There will be an additional $5.00 fee for late registration. Remember space is limited.

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Help Identify Historic Hall County Photographs

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Please enter a comment if you can identify a person, place, date or event for posterity!

We are so grateful to Ellie Wingate for putting our library’s unidentified vintage photographs on Facebook as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project. See the first 30 historic local images now. Ellie will add several more each week. These old-time scenes of Gainesville are undocumented and we need your help to caption them.





Additional Resources:




Just open the GALILEO Portal then click the Databases A-Z button:

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Then select "H"...and scroll down to find HeritageQuest

We’ve updated our look, added the ability to send records home,and added new content:

•  City Directories
• 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules
•  U.S. Indian Census Rolls
•  Mortality Schedules
•  Agricultural and Industrial Schedules
•  1890 Veterans Schedule