Cobb Public Library to digitize county municipal directories

If you’ve ever done detailed genealogy or history work on a person, business, or fixed-in-time address, you’ll know what a valuable resource city directories can be.

Municipal directories had sections listing individuals and businesses by name, address, and a section devoted to businesses.

So if you wanted to know the different places an individual had lived over the decades, you could just pull a few years of directories off the shelf and look up their name in each of the directories, giving you a map of their movements over the years. years. .

Or if you want to know which people or businesses were at a particular address you were interested in, you can follow the steps above, but in the address section.

But it still required a lot of page-turning and physical research in the history and reference rooms of the library.

In the case of Cobb County, the Georgia Room at the Switzer Library in Marietta had to be visited. It was always a pleasant visit, but not always practical.

So there is good news.

The Cobb County Public Library is digitizing its collection of municipal directories.

The library system posted the following on its social media:

The Georgia Room has wonderful news! All Cobb County city directories are currently with the @diglibga to be digitized and made available online. This includes the Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton, and Austell volumes generally available in the Georgia Room. We estimate they will be back in the Georgia room and available in October 2022. Thank you for your patience!

This is an exciting project that will be a welcome addition to the toolbox of researchers and amateur genealogists.

About Cobb County Public Library

According to the Cobb County Public Library website:

The Cobb County Public Library is a 15-branch system headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, where its staff members serve a diverse population of more than 750,000 people. Cobb is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, and the Cobb County Public Library is dedicated to being a resource center in the community by providing equal access to information, materials, and services. .

History of the Cobb Library System

Cobb County’s first public library was opened at the home of Sarah Freeman Clarke in Marietta. The first free-standing library building, opened on Church Street in 1893 and is named after Clarke.

Libraries were opened in Acworth and Austell in subsequent years, and in 1959 the town of Marietta and several other libraries in Cobb County combined to form a countywide system that launched the County Public Library of Cobb as we know it today.

You can learn more about the history of the Cobb County Public Library by following this link.

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