Family & Local History Marketing Toolkit
Georgia’s public libraries are an invaluable source for people to find information about local history and genealogy, but many don’t even know they can access these resources – freely – at the library.
Raise awareness in your community using these marketing materials. Included below are online resources, engaging print materials, graphics, and sample messages that can be used as emails or social media posts. You can customize the graphics with your library’s logo and URL.
If you have a special collection at your library, you can customize messages to fit. You can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on how to market your collections.
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Online Genealogy Resources Through Your Library
All Georgia public library patrons have access to genealogy and local history research tools anytime, anywhere, through their library card! Guide them to the sites below for more information:
- Digital Library of Georgia, a one-stop shop for archival and primary sources on the history and culture of Georgia.
- GALILEO, Georgia’s virtual library, provides library card holders with access to many genealogy research databases, including:
- Ancestry Library Edition
- HeritageQuest Online
- Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
- New Georgia Encyclopedia is an online reference resource maintained by Georgia Humanities and offers robust educator resources as well.
- Georgia Department of Archives & History, which maintains a searchable finding aid database and a Virtual Vault of searchable records pertaining to Georgia’s history.
- Georgia Historic Newspapers portal, a freely-searchable archive of digitized newspapers from around the state, spanning 1763-2018.
…and many more! Check out Cyndi’s List for even more free online genealogy resources, including FindAGrave, FamilySearch, the National Archives, and others.
Social Media Guidance
Engage your social media followers with your genealogy resources in just a few easy steps! Georgia’s libraries and archives are posting information about genealogy and local history news and research all the time. These social media feeds are full of articles, pictures, and videos to share with your audiences.
Get connected with organizations that share about genealogy and local history in Georgia
Follow the accounts below on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and/or Instagram (All organizations might not be on all social media platforms).
- Retweet or share from the above accounts.
- Create your own posts using some of the sample messages below.
- Use hashtags to stay included! Try these listed or discover new ones: #genealogy, #FamilyHistory, #ancestry, #GenealogyTips, #HistoricalNewspapers, #GenealogyGeek, #FamilyHistoryMatters, #FamilyTree
- Share your library’s genealogy, local history, and archives events and experiences with your followers and other librarians
- Share #ThisDayInHistory facts or #GenealogyPhotoADay stories from your local community
- Honor various celebration days by searching for and posting relevant images from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the Digital Library of Georgia, or other #Georgia institution!
Georgia’s Treasures Genealogy Booklet
Download a digital copy of the Georgia’s Treasures Genealogy Booklet, or request printed copies for your library.
Georgia’s Treasures Genealogy Booklet | Social Media Messages
Use these messages to promote the Georgia’s Treasures genealogy booklet to your patrons.
- Many #GeorgiaLibraries have unique, irreplaceable material highlighting the history of their communities. Learn more about Georgia’s Treasures at libraries around the state: https://georgialibraries.org/genealogydocs/gatreasures.pdf
- Explore #Genealogy and #LocalHistory research resources at your local public library. Pick up a copy of the Georgia’s Treasures genealogy booklet from your local library!
- The Georgia’s Treasures genealogy booklet is your guide to exploring genealogy and cultural collections around Georgia? Ask your librarian for a copy!
- Ask your public librarian for a copy of “Georgia’s Treasures,” which gives a thorough description of genealogy, history, and cultural collections at Georgia public libraries.
- If you have an interest in ATL history, civil rights movement or Southern literature, the Auburn Ave Research Library on African American Culture & History is an essential place to visit. Learn more about @AARL_Archives https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries @AFPL
- The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library is one of GA’s primary participants in the Veterans History Project, an initiative of @librarycongress to collect, preserve & make accessible personal accounts of wartime soldiers. https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries
- Interested in Scottish History? The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library has rare books, tartan banners & genealogical information on more than 130 Scottish clans!
- The Middle GA Archives have >9,200 drawings by pioneering architect Ellamae Ellis League, who began her career in 1924 when < 2 percent of American architects were women. Learn more & visit https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries #architecture @MGRLibraries
- Find extensive records on the original 13 American colonies, Revolutionary War & more at the Middle GA Archives, plus photos & displays about GA history. https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries @MGRLibraries #history
- The Ladson Genealogical Library is the only public library in GA exclusively dedicated to history & #genealogy, with >35,000 books, some more than 400 years old! https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries
- The Heritage Room at @AthensClarkeLib features oral histories from local WWII vets, collection of vintage children’s clothes, and much more. Check out their programming & visit this GA Treasure! https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries #history
- The award-winning collection of Chinese-American Oral History @AugustaGALib recounts life there in 1950s & reflections on 1970 riot. #history
- The @AugustaGALib has a strong collection of African American genealogical records, including many funeral programs for individuals involved in Civil Rights Movement. https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries #genealogy
- From local shipbuilding history to a leather-bound Catholic Liturgy choral book from 1580, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library has a robust historical collection. Plan a visit to this GA Treasure! https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries @moglibraries #history
- Interested in the #history of Savannah, GA? Plan a visit to the Bull Street Library to view historical maps, manuscripts & photos about the industrialization & expansion of the city. https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries @liveoakpl
- Highlights of the Switzer Library Georgia Room include original aperture cards from Cobb County photos included in the Vanishing Georgia Collection. Plan a visit to this GA Treasure! https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries @cobblibrary #history
- Plan a visit to the Mary Willis Library, a Queen-Anne style building built in 1888 & on National Register of Historic Places. The library also has rare books & a mysterious iron trunk w/ false lock and hidden keyhole. https://bit.ly/2HUsppk #GeorgiaLibraries #history @natlparkservice
Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Public Libraries Passport Booklet
Download a digital copy of the Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Libraries Passport booklet, or request printed copies for your library.
Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Libraries Passport Booklet | Social Media Messages
Use these messages to promote the Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Libraries Passport booklet to your patrons.
- The Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Public Libraries passport booklet is your guide to exploring beautiful libraries around Georgia? Ask your librarian for a copy!
- Ask your public librarian for a copy of “Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Public Libraries,” which highlights some of the beautifully designed libraries in Georgia.
- Libraries are a great holiday destination – learn about & visit Georgia’s 10 most beautiful libraries! #georgialibraries https://georgialibraries.org/gpls-names-10-most-beautiful-libraries-in-georgia/
- Learn about & visit Georgia’s 10 most beautiful libraries! From a 130-year-old English Baroque library w/ stained glass by Tiffany to a seaside casino turned National Literary Landmark to a contemporary Atlanta architectural icon. #GeorgiaLibraries https://georgialibraries.org/gpls-names-10-most-beautiful-libraries-in-georgia/
- By bringing culture, lifelong learning and discovery to Georgians every day, all libraries are beautiful. You can get your passport of 10 most beautiful public libraries in GA at your local library : http://bit.ly/2qcZ8Jp #GeorgiaLibraries
Getting Started with Genealogy Guides
Freely reusable DLG images for social media sharing
More Local Images from Georgia Public Libraries
- Photograph of a celebration at the Athens Regional Library, Dunbar Branch, Athens GA, circa 1950: https://dlg.usg.edu/record/arl_acl_acl033
- Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, interior, 1872, MGRL: https://dlg.usg.edu/record/gac_rees_reeschr002
- Photograph of an African American agricultural worker demonstrating hardwood control on Mrs. Louise Verdery’s Farm, Columbia County, Georgia, 1952-1957?, Columbia County Libray (Evans, GA): https://dlg.usg.edu/record/ccgal_usdapc_gch-scs-02-060-01
- Broughton St., Savannah, Ga., LOPL: https://dlg.usg.edu/record/gsc_vsp_4712069458
- The Wonders of Palmistry, MCCLS: https://dlg.usg.edu/record/zgz_epogpc_mccls-pstcrd-470#metadata
Free Genealogy Courses
There are many free genealogy research webinars available online. Use the links below to develop your own research acumen, or promote them to your patrons for easy, at-home learning.
Messages for social media