Cobb County Library, Marietta, Georgia
Contributed by Ann L. Sherman and Jane L. Splawn*
Cobb County Public Library
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, Georgia 30060
Telephone: (770) 528-2333
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Web Site: cobbcat.cobb.public.lib.ga.us
Contact Person: Carolyn Crawford, Head Librarian of the Georgia Room
Directions to and Parking at the Library
From I 75 take Exit 112 and go west on Highway 120 (South Marietta Parkway) for 1.9 miles,
crossing US 41. Turn right on Fairground Street and go .5 mile. Turn left on Roswell Street and go
.5 mile. Just past the library, turn left on Alexander Street. The library parking area is on the
immediate left at the rear. Handicap access with automatic doors is available through the main
History of the Area
Cobb County was created in 1832 from Cherokee County, previously Cherokee Indian lands, and was
named for Judge Thomas W. Cobb, a prominent jurist of Georgia. Marietta, the county seat, was
incorporated by an act of the Georgia Legislature in 1834 in an area once dotted with many Indian
During the month of June 1864 Cobb County was the site of many battles between Confederate and
Union forces as General William Tecumseh Sherman made his relentless march from Chattanooga to
Atlanta. Marietta's courthouse and businesses around the square were left in ashes.
Location of Genealogical Materials
All genealogical materials are located in the Georgia Room at the left of the entry area into the library.
Finding Aids and Internet Access
Six computers with card catalogs and two connected printers are in the Georgia Room. Printouts are
10 cents per copy (Honor System). Upon registration, a printed layout of material locations in the
Georgia Room is available at its front desk. On top of a bookcase behind the front desk are two
notebooks listing, by state, the available genealogical materials for states other than Georgia. Two
other notebooks contain a bibliography of Georgia materials listed by county. A separate notebook
contains a bibliography of Civil War materials, while another one lists periodical and newspaper
holdings. A display lists the CDs available in the Georgia Room.
These finding aids, together with the friendly help of two librarians, make the Georgia Room
a researcher's delight.
A fine collection of books on Georgia counties is arranged alphabetically. A recent acquisition is Mimi
Jo Butler's book on Pickens County marriages from Books A through E, covering the years 1853-1965
and including about 175 newly found certificates which had not been reentered in the marriage books
after a courthouse fire in 1947.
Books on other states are shelved in alphabetical order by state. This collection places emphasis on southern states, but many states from the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas are well represented.
Family genealogies are grouped in alphabetical order and present a creditable collection.
Books on African American history and genealogy; other countries which sent emigrants to this land; immigration records, including Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index; biographies; histories of religious groups; newspaper abstracts; Civil War records, including the Official Military Atlas of the Civil War; Revolutionary War records, including the Index to Revolutionary War Service Records; and Georgia history form impressive groups. All indexes for Georgia federal censuses are available, and there is a very good selection of indexes for other states (mostly southern) as well.
Books of general interest are shelved together and include Virkus's set, Compendium of American Genealogy; the twelve-volume set of American Ancestry; eight volumes of Colonial Families of the United States; Avant's four volumes of Some Southern Colonial Families; Armstrong's eight-volume set of Notable Southern Families; and Boddie's Historical Southern Families (23 volumes).
Bound periodicals of national and/or Georgia interest are located in a bookcase behind the front desk.
Selected available periodicals are Atlanta Historical Bulletin/Journal, 1927-1996; Central Georgia
Genealogical Society Quarterly, 1981-1997; Family Puzzlers, 1964-1997; Family Tree Quarterly,
1979-1997; Genealogical Helper, 1964-1997; Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine,
1960-1997; Georgia Historical Quarterly, (with index, 1917-1976), 1978-1997; Georgia
Genealogical Society Quarterly, (with index, 1964-1980), 1964-1997; Journal of Southern History,
1955-1997; National Genealogical Society Quarterly, (with index, 1912-1962), 1934-1997; Southern Roots and Shoots, 1986-1997; and several representing Georgia counties.
Periodicals on other states are shelved in the general book section of each state, and current issues are displayed on the back right wall.
Maps are located in an area to the right of the entry and are housed in drawers that are not labeled.
However, each drawer contains a list of the maps in it, and there is a catalog of available maps on the
top of the map case.
Some interesting items include a map of Old Milton County (1871), which became part of Fulton
County in 1932; a large collection of Georgia county land lottery maps; many maps of Cobb County;
a map of the area of Georgia occupied by the Cherokee Indians (1831); several Geology Survey maps
of different areas of Georgia; an impressive collection of Georgia Department of Transportation county
maps, some showing militia districts and land lottery lots; maps of counties in other southern states;
historic maps of Georgia; migration maps; and recent aerial photography maps of areas of Georgia.
Marietta, 1936, 1938-39, 1941, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, and supplements for
1947 and 1956
Marietta-Smyrna, 1958-1960, 1962-1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1985-1987
Atlanta, 1876 (West End), 1929, 1972-1978, 1981-1982, 1986-1991
Austell-Mableton, 1967, 1969-1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1977, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987
Cedartown, 1970, 1973
Rome, 1947, 1973
Marietta, GA, 1948, 1950
Marietta and Smyrna, GA, 1951, 1953
The manuscript collection includes a scrapbook of anthology of the life of James Jordan Daniell, a
prominent judge of Cobb County; files of newspaper and magazine clippings on the counties of
Georgia; and extensive files of clippings on every aspect of Cobb County and Georgia life.
Surname File and Civil War Ancestor File
These files are available to help researchers contact others researching the same lines.
One copying machine is available in the Georgia Room with a cost of 15 cents per copy, and a debit
card must be used. The card costs $1.00, for which $1.05 credit is given.
This remarkable collection alone makes a research trip worthwhile.
- Delaware: Probate records of Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties, 1680-1800
- Florida: Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indians-Spanish American War
- Georgia Counties
- Baldwin: Tax records, 1807, 1820
- Clarke: Tax records, 1802-1805, 1810
- Cobb: Concord Baptist Church minutes (Mableton, Georgia), 1832-1952; Joe Brown Census,
1864; assorted newspapers, including Cobb County Times, 1916-1968, and Marietta Journal,
later known as the Marietta Daily Journal, 1868-present; tax digests, 1848, 1849, 1851; and
miscellaneous Rotary Club minutes and early scrapbooks
- DeKalb: Decatur Cemetery (index of names); deed records and mortgages, 1842-1846, 1850-1853
- Elbert: Indictments and judgments, 1791-1794
- Greene: Tax records, 1811, 1814; Ordinary Court minutes, 1817-1819
- Jackson: Land warrants, 1796-1805
- Dawson: New Hope Baptist Church minutes, 1843-1860, 1861-1900
- Jones: Tax records, 1816; marriage bonds, 1811, 1813
- Lincoln: Land Warrants Book A, 1796-185?
- Madison: Plat Book A (early--no date)
- Wilkes: Confederate letters concerning Wilkes County
- Georgia (Miscellaneous)
- Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880
- GGS Quarterly Index, 1964-1980
- Marriage and death notices from the National Intelligencia, 1800-1850
- Sketches of the First Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, with History of the 56th Regiment, GA
Volunteers to January 1, 1864
- Southern Recorder (Milledgeville, Georgia, newspaper), 1826-1831
- DeSoto Expedition Commission, Final Report, 76th Congress, 1st session, January 3-August 5, 1939
- Austell Enterprise, 1948-1978
- Louisiana: 1890 Civil War Veterans Census (Fiche); genealogical abstracts from New Orleans Picayune, 1837-1841 (Fiche)
- Michigan: 1920 Federal Census of Genessee County (Eds. 26-45) and Clinton County
- Mississippi: Marriages, early to 1825 (Fiche); 1890 Veteran Census Index (Fiche)
- New Jersey: General Index to the Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New
Jersey, first two of ten volumes, 1631-Revolutionary War
- North Carolina: Anson County Court minutes, 1771-1777, 1848-1858, 1868; Forsyth County Index to Civil Actions, Plaintiff, 1849-1949; History of Mecklenburg County, NC, 1740-1900; Rutherford County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1779-1798, 1799-1817; Warren County Register of Deeds, Vol. 10-13, 1788-1796, Vol. 14, 1796-1798; records of Moravians in NC; NC Higher Court Records, 1670-1696, Vol. II; NC Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (Fiche); NC Troops, 1861-1865, A Roster, Vol. 1-3
- South Carolina: SC WPA Tombstone Inscriptions (Fiche); SC Land Grants, Vol. I (1735-37) and Vol. II (1744-52) (Fiche); SC Marriage Bonds, 1743-44 (Fiche); SC Military Records,War of 1812,
3rd Regiment and Order Book, 1778 (Fiche); SC Scottish Guard and Total Abstinence, 1845-1852 (Fiche); SC Fourth Brigade Account Book, 1861, 1881-94 and Citadel Green, n. d. (Fiche);
Charleston Probate Records, 1691-1868; SC Wills, 1782-1868
- Carter County: Administrative Bonds, 1865-1938; Court Minutes, 1804-1829, 1849-1869,1856-1866, 1866-1876; Deeds (Vols. A-B), 1796-1815, 1815-1839; Deed Books, 1836-1841,
1843-1847, 1854-1859; Executors Bonds, 1878-1954; Guardian Bonds, n. d.; Inventories of
Estates, 1839-1918; Land Entries, 1824-1828; Land Surveys, 1824-1828; Marriages, 1790-1829, 1796-1881, 1820-1850, Vols. 3-5, 1887-; Minutes, 1836-1849; Tax Books, Dist. 1-13,
1860-1880; Wills, 1794-1851
- Jefferson County: Deeds, 1792-1799; Will Index Books 1-2, 1792-1826
- Johnson County: Court records, 1832-1937, 1939-1937
- Unicoi County: Court Minutes, 1875-1892, 1892-1905; Guardian Bonds, Settlements and
Inventories of Estates, 1876-1950; Marriage Books 1-4, 1876-1904; Wills, 1878-1947
- Washington County: Deed Books, 1782-1795; McCown's Record Books, 1778-1900; Minute
Books, 1778-1809; Will Books, 1779-1857
- Granger, Greene, Hamblen and Hamilton Counties: 1910 Federal Census (T624, Roll 1501)
- Anderson-Hawkins Counties: 1860 Slave Schedule; 1890 Census, Veterans and Widows of Union Soldiers
- Bradley-Coffee Counties: Tax Lists, 1860-1880
- Texas: 1890 Veterans Census Index (Fiche); Miscellaneous Texas Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. I (1839-1875) and Vol. II (1856-1878) (Fiche)
- Virginia: Bedford County Cemetery Listing, tombstone inscriptions, and marriage bonds, 1755-1800; marriage and death records, circa 1812-1828, from old newspapers; County & Municipal Court Records on Microfilm at the Virginia State Library
- West Virginia: 1880 Federal Census for Pendleton, Pleasants, Pochantas, and Preston Counties
- Northern Sources: Scattered genealogical writings (Film and Fiche)
- Roll of Eastern Cherokees: General Index to Eastern Cherokee Applications
- Leon S. Hollingsworth Genealogical Card File
- Europe: Ireland Deputy Keeper's Report, 1954-1959 and 1960-1965
A complete collection of Georgia Federal Census Schedules on microfilm and indexes in book form
and Soundex form are housed in the microfilm area at the back of the Georgia Room. Schedules and
indexes for several other states, although not complete, are nevertheless impressive.
On the back wall of the Georgia Room are located two microfiche readers, seven microfilm readers
(two out of order) and one reader/printer. There is also a microfiche reader close to the front desk.
Copies are 10 cents each (Honor System).
The availability of microform readers that advance the film automatically makes research in this
medium much easier.
Located at the right side of the room are a computer and printer to access the CD collection. Some
selected available CDs are:
- State Marriage Indexes for AL, GA, SC, KY, NC, TN, VA, MO, TX, IL, IN, OH, MD, AR, MS and
- Pre-1600 to 20th Century Birth Records for the US and Europe
- Salt Books
- Social Security Death Records
- Pre-1790 Colonial America Census Index
- Acadian Genealogy, 13th -19th Century
- Mortality Records, 1850-1880
- Federal Census Indexes for Several States
- Land Records for AR, FL, LA, and MI
- US Volunteer Soldiers, 1784-1811
Other Area Attractions
A beautifully maintained National Cemetery is located across the street from the library. Here lie
buried 10,000 Union soldiers who died in the campaign south of the Etowah River between Generals
Sherman and Johnston in 1864. On the west side of the city is a Confederate Cemetery
for those men who died during the same campaign.
Northwest of Marietta lies twin-peaked Kennesaw Mountain, where Union and Confederate forces
clashed over a period of six weeks. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, covering
2,900 acres, contains a museum and offers a slide show on the Atlanta Campaign.
*Ann L. Sherman, 1000 Winding Creek Trail, Atlanta, GA 30328, (404) 252-7938. E-mail: Ann Sherman
*Jane L. Splawn, 3300 Clairmont North NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-1022, (404) 3225-0781. E-mail: Jane Splawn