Sybil Wood McRay Genealogy Collection

at the Hall County Library Gainesville Branch

The Gainesville Branch of the Chestatee Regional Library System was originally dedicated on Sunday, February 8, 1970.  Fast forward fifty years to September 17, 2020, and the Hall County Library System celebrates the rededication of the newly renovated Gainesville Branch.  Yes, the name has changed but the building is in the same location at 127 Main Street, Gainesville, GA. 

Read more: Sybil Wood McRay Genealogy Collection

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Available through December 2020
Use Ancestry Library Edition from Home!
Enter the GALILEO portal with the GALILEO password, or with your library card number and pin*. 
Access Ancestry via the A-Z list.

Ancestry Library Edition is also accessible directly via the GALILEO Express Link:

*Your pin is the last 4 digits of your phone number or the year you were born unless you have changed it.


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• Create a “Free Account” at (The Hall County Library does not manage your FamilySearch user account.)
• Work from your home computer, or to access the Affiliated (expanded) Level of resources, do your research at any one of our library branches.
• offers four levels of information access:

  1. Free information patrons may access from home or anywhere
  2. The Affiliated Level now available when you are in one of our library branches
  3. Information available only within an LDS Church Library
  4. Information available only within the Utah LDS Headquarters

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.

Ordering from Hall County Library's Two Historical Photograph Collections:

Hall County Historical Photograph Collection hosted by the Digital Library or Georgia may be found at

Hall County Black History Society Photograph Collection hosted by the Digital Library or Georgia may be found at

Most of our photographs are historical, from 1940s -1960s plus a few from earlier years.

Historic Photograph ORDER FORM and Information






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