RESEARCH AND FAQ
Research and Reference Inquiries
Archives reference service is temporarily closed. Archives reference includes in-person visits, phone calls, and emails.
Please be aware that the C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives is an archive for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Because we have responsibilities to fulfill for the church, our staff provides only limited research services.
A note on access: The policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is to restrict access to all official denomination records on deposit that are less than 50 years old. If researchers wish to access these records, we require that they secure written permission from the records’ owners. If you believe this restriction will affect your research, please contact us for further instructions prior to visiting.
Reproduction services such as photocopying are available, but may be limited due to donor restrictions, copyright law, condition of the item, or other reasons.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. All responsibility for copyright infringement, questions arising from copyright, and the use of the copies provided is assumed by the person using the materials.
Attestations for Living Individuals
Our staff will search for records of baptism, marriage, and church membership of living individuals. The request must be from the individual or his/her legal representative. In order for the society to locate baptism, marriage, membership, and/or death records in a timely manner, it is necessary to limit research requests to the records of one congregation and one individual name.
The search fee is $10, for which we will search the records we have on file. Payment is made to Columbia Theological Seminary. We cannot guarantee that we will find a record of the baptism, but if we do, we will send the requestor a letter of attestation that records the information we found. There are no refunds if we do not find information about your relative in the church records.
Please first contact the archivist to ensure that we have the records from a given church for a specific time period. Once you receive confirmation, please fill out the Attestation Request Form. Please allow four to six weeks to process your request.
Please be aware that requests for records of deceased individuals fall under Genealogical Research. Our staff will search for baptism, marriage, membership, and/or death records. We charge a fee of $30.00 for one hour of research (no split hours). The fee includes up to 10 photocopies, 10 PDF scans, or 10 JPG images per request. Payment is required in advance.
To request information on a baptism, marriage, membership, and/or death record please first contact the archivist to ensure we have the records from a given church for a specific time period. Once you receive confirmation, please fill out the Genealogical Research Form. Please allow four to six weeks to process your request.
For all other genealogical research we can tell you by postal mail, email, or telephone whether or not we have records from a given church. If you do not know the name of the congregation to which your ancestors belonged, you should give the name of the nearest town as well as the state and approximate dates of your research. In most cases, we cannot help you if you give only the name of the county, township, or state without the name of a congregation, town, or city.
If we have records that might be useful to you, you may visit us to search the records or you can engage the services of an independent researcher who will search the records for a fee. The names of independent researchers are included on the websites of the Georgia Genealogical Society (www.gagensociety.org) and the Georgia chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (www.rootsweb.com/~gaapg/). Both organizations maintain lists of member researchers on their websites.
For questions regarding archives please contact:
Two microfilm/microfiche reader/printers are available in the microform area on 2W. (One can digitize the readouts which can be filed, saved and printed.)
Copies cost 5 cents per page, payable at the circulation desk.