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Ephesus Library Genealogy Resources

This is a guide to some basic genealogy resources available through the Ephesus Public Library.

Birth Records

The Heard County Health Department has Heard County birth records (from 1919 to the present).  If you are looking for the names of someone’s parents, you may want to also look in the Census for the years when the person was a child.



Search the Ancestry database for all U.S. census records from 1790 to 1930.

1890 Census records were lost in a fire; no library has them.

Census records for 1940 will not be available until 2012, for privacy reasons. Census records for 1950 will be made available in 2022, and so on.



The clerk of court at the Heard County courthouse has deed books and their indexes.


Local Histories

Oracle of the Ages: Reflections on the Curious Life of Fortune Teller Mayhayley Lancaster (2001)



Marriage Records

The Probate Court at the Heard County Courthouse has marriage and divorce records.



Search the Ancestry database for other military records, especially World War I draft cards and Civil War records.