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Genealogy Services

Requesting genealogy materials

Line drawing of a tree.

The Rabun County Library is a small library and does not have a dedicated Genealogy staff. Despite that fact, we happily accept your genealogy requests and will do all that we can to research, locate the information, and respond quickly. 

Please adhere to the following guidelines when requesting lookups from the Library's Genealogy & Georgia History Collection:  

  • All requests must be in writing via letter or email. The Library staff cannot take research requests by telephone.  

  • Please include your name and mailing address with all correspondence and include a SASE. Be specific when requesting information.

    • For example, "I am looking for an obituary for John Smith who died August 15, 1923 in the Chechero area."

    • Non specific requests such as "Could you please send me all the information you have on the Smith family?" cannot be filled.

  • There is no charge for lookups; however, the costs for copying, mailing, and other incidental fees must be paid by the querying party.

  • Please be aware that queries are answered on a first-come, first-serve basis and as time permits. Requests for information must be brief.  Lengthy requests requiring in-depth research cannot be performed.

Requests for lookups should be sent to:
Genealogy Department Rabun County Public Library
73 Jo Dotson Circle
Clayton, GA 30525


You may email requests to

Materials available for at home use

Local Newspapers (Original issues, microfilm or bound volumes): 

The Clayton Tribune - all extant issues from 1899 - present, The Advertiser, 1882, The Clarkesville Advertiser, 1882-1911, The Tri-County Advertiser 1913-1925, Northeast Georgian - 1857, North Georgia Weekly Press - issues from the 1950s, Miscellaneous early Georgia newspapers--including extant issues of The Clayton Argus


Local Information and Family Histories:

Sketches of Rabun Co. History - Andrew Jackson Ritchie, Rabun Co. Ga. & its People, Vol. 1, Genealogy Extracted from Forest Service Court Cases in Rabun Co. -Susan Lewis Koyle, A Pictorial History of Rabun Co. - Cuba S. McKay, Editor, Foxfire Magazines--all issues, Scrapbooks from Rabun Maternity Hospital, the Music Club, and others (*Special Collections viewing only), Yearbooks from Rabun Co. High School, books on surrounding counties. Rabun County Records, including a select group of cemetery surveys,  Surviving U.S. population schedules for Rabun Co., Select 19th century tax & court records 


Other Resources:

The Rabun County Historical Society -

The Rabun County Courthouse - 

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