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Welcome to the Odum Library Archives and Special Collections genealogy page. From here you can access a wide range of genealogical resources available exclusively to Odum Library, as well as resources from around the web. To access Ancestry.com and some of the databases on Galileo you will need to log in on an Odum Library computer (public computers are on the 2nd floor).

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Newspaper Sources

Odum Library Newspapers

Odum library has access to many Newspaper resources, including physical copies (on Microfilm), databases, and websites. Newspapers can be used to look up death notices/obituaries, birth notices, marriages and sometimes divorce notices.

Local News Databases

Valdosta Daily Times  

If searching for records before 1945, use GENDEX. This is a notebook available in the Archives, located on the 4th floor of Odum Library. GENDEX covers the dates 1868-1945. Copies are also available at the South Georgia Regional Library, and the Lowndes County Historical Society Museum.

-If you are searching for records between 1945 and 1969, search the Vital Records Index online.

-If you are searching for records after 1993 to the present, use the Valdosta Daily Times Index.

-ProQuest Historical Newspapers

--This index is available through Galileo at Odum Library. It allows the user to search through newspapers, including The Times, The New York Times, and the Washington Post from the 1800 and 1900's.

Georgia Newspaper Directory

--Available through Galileo at Odum Library.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Periodicals

--Available through Galileo at Odum Library

Georgia Historical Newspapers

--Available through Digital Library of Georgia.

Physical News Resources

Microfilm in Odum Library

-Microfilm Access to the following Newspapers at Odum Library:

-New York Times (Cabinet Range #1)

-Wall Street Journal (Cabinet Range #2)         

-Valdosta Daily Times (Cabinet Range #3)     

-Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Cabinet Range #4)

-Washington Post (Cabinet Range #108)

There are other newspapers available in the microfilm cabinets on the first floor of Odum Library. The microfilm readers are located in the second-floor copy room.

VSU Archives and Special Collections

The VSU Archives and Special Collections also offers other resources, both online and as items within the library.  

The Pine Cone Pinecone Annuals - Vtext

 Years available: 1925-1987.

-Pinecone Annual Physical Copies

Years available: 1925-1987

Located in the Archives on the 4th Floor of Odum Library.

Archon ArchivesSpace

ArchivesSpace is a searchable Archives database with information on all of our collections.

-School Year Books:

Campus Canopy Project ButtonCampus Canopy and Scrapbook are both school publications from 1935-1969. The online index runs from 1935-1970’s (when Campus Canopy became The Spectator). This database is still a work in progress, so it is not complete. The physical copies of the publications are held in the Archives on the 4th floor of Odum Library. Campus Canopy | Scrapbook

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Special Collections

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Lowndes County Liberian Emigrants

1836 roster of Georgia Militia Lowndes County Districts 659 and 660

David Williams Oral History Interviews

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Personal Papers

These are contained within the Archives’ Manuscript Collection (MS). They include Civil War diaries, personal correspondence, etc. To search these collections, use ArchivesSpace.

County Papers

The Archives contains collections and information on the following counties: Lowndes/Valdosta, Colquitt, Glynn, Wayne, Camden, Brantley, and Ware. The Special Collections (also located in the Archives on the 4th floor of Odum Library) also contains a range of books on individual counties. For a complete list of books, search the GIL Catalog on the Odum library website. All book call numbers with “SP COL” at the beginning are located in the Archives.

Genealogy in the Special Collections

The Special collections (designated by the SP COL at the beginning of the item’s call number) is located on the 4th floor of Odum Library within the Archives. There are over 91 genealogy related items within this collection.

As part of a grant from LSTA in 2001, VSU Archives and South Georgia Regional Library created a "Union Catalog" of our Special Collections holdings.  We also added the books records of the Lowndes County Historical Society.  Search or browse these union catalogs for "one-stop shopping."Union Catalog of the History and Genealogy Resources available at:

Union Catalog of Lowndes County Genealogical Print Resources -  Covers Odum Library, The South Georgia Regional Library, and the Lowndes County Historical Society

Here are a few examples of the types of items available:

Personal Materials

Family Histories

-A History and Genealogy of Chief William McIntosh, Jr., and His Known Descendents…by Corbin, Harriet Turner Porter (SP COL CS71 .M152 1967)


-Georgia Wills, 1733-1860: An index of testators to wills of Georgia recorded in colonial will books and in loose will collections, 1733-1777... by Brooke, Ted O.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Obituary and Death Notices

-Wiregrass Obituaries and Death Notices…by Dasher, Wayne (SP COL F292.B45 D37 1998).

-Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Obituary and Death Notices From the Ocilla Dispatch March 1899-January 1901…by Wells, Catherine Fussell (SP COL F292.I67 W45 2001).

Government Materials

Below are a few examples of Government Papers related to genealogy held within the Archive’s Special Collections:

Land Lotteries in Georgia

-The 1833 Land Lottery of Georgia… by Davis, Robert Scott (SP COL F285 .D235 1991).

Land Grants from the British Crown in Georgia

-English Crown Grants in St. George Parish in Georgia, 1755-1775…by Bryant, Pat (SP COL F292.B95 B7).

Grave Registries and Cemetery Information

-A Tombstone Registry of Emanuel County, Georgia…by Dorsey, James Edward (SP COL F292.E5 D67)

-The Cemeteries of Greene County, Georgia…by Armor, E. H. (SP COL F292.G7 A76 1987)

Military Records and Related Materials

-Confederate Soldiers in Colquitt County, Georgia (SP COL E559.4 .C66x).

-9th Virginia Infantry…by Trask, Benjamin H. (SP COL E581.5 9th .T73 1984).

-In Search of Confederate Ancestors: The Guide…by Segars, J. H. (Joe Henry) (SP COL F208 .S44 2005 UDC).

County Histories

-History of Mitchell County…by Spence, M. (Margaret) (SP COL F292.M65 S632).

Misc. Documents

-Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia, 1785 to 1809…(SP COL F285 .B79 1959).

-American Loyalist Claims (SP COL E277 .C624)

Other Items of Interest

-The Georgia Black Book: Morbid, Macabre, & Sometimes Disgusting Records of Genealogical Value by Davis, Robert Scott (SP COL F285 .D38 UDC).

Here is the link to a complete list of Genealogy related materials within the Special Collections.

Other Library Materials

There are also physical and online resources within Odum Library that are accessible through Odum Library’s GIL Catalog:

◦ Census Records

These records are available on Microfilm in the Government Documents Section of Odum Library. They are also available on CD Rom at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Public Library.)

◦ Genealogy Online

Online Book available in the GIL catalog while at Odum Library.

◦ Family Tree Maker

CD Rom available in Odum Library.

◦ Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Available through Galileo at Odum Library.