The settlement of Augusta, Georgia, was established in 1736 by British General James Oglethorpe. Family history is part of its heritage as the name Augusta is in honor of Princess Augusta of Saxe Gotha the bride of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales. Located on the Savannah River, Augusta was home to many Indian tribes and played a role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. According to the Augusta.gov website, with the 1847 construction of the Augusta Canal, Augusta became the second largest inland cotton market during the cotton boom.
The Augusta Genealogical Society’s Adamson Library offers unique research opportunities of migration files and Richmond County Superior Court Records along with the 20,000+ volume library. Pam Newman, a volunteer, offered me assistance in finding Dunham records. See the accompanying photograph. The library founded in 1979, is located at 1109 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901. For more information on the Adamson Library, call 706-722-4073 or read the website augustagensociety.org.
Other research suggestions:
- Augusta State University’s Special Collection, Reese Library
- Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, Georgia Heritage Room for information call 706-821-2600
A few of the many interesting family history attractions:
- Downtown Augusta Walking Tour for maps and other attractions
- Augusta Museum of History founded in 1937 cares for the largest historical collection in the Central Savannah River Area
- The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
- The Boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson
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