Library genealogy center moves to Thronateeska

Public records from 1867 in Randolph County are seen here on microfilm as a part of the Dougherty County Library’s genealogy department. Most of the collection has moved to Thronateeska Heritage Center, and will be open to the public on Jan. 17.

Public records from 1867 in Randolph County are seen here on microfilm as a part of the Dougherty County Library’s genealogy department. Most of the collection has moved to Thronateeska Heritage Center, and will be open to the public on Jan. 17.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Library and Thronateeska Heritage Center have reached an agreement to allow the museum to temporarily house the library's celebrated genealogy department.

The center will officially open to the public Jan. 17, Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors said.

For at least the next nine months, the center will house most of the library system's genealogical records including land deeds and documents for Dougherty and surrounding counties, historic public documents, civil war records and more.

"With the renovations going on at the library, the genealogy department was going to be all but closed up and packed away," Gregors said. "So we were able to reach and agreement that keeps it open to the public where it can be used."

The Central Library branch is set to undergo a $5 million renovation -- a project that, while needed, forced library officials to move much of its collection of books, periodicals and computers to another location.

While a temporary downtown library has opened on North Jackson Street next to Subway, the genealogy department will open just down the street at Thronateeska.

"There are some things that just won't be located here," Gregors said. "The access to the online databases like Ancestry.com will still have to be done down on Jackson but we have most of the books and physical records here."

The records will be available to patrons Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


RiverRat 2 years, 10 months ago

REALLY?? Come on, where are they housing this? Anyone been to the History Museum part of Thronateeska lately? He's moved "history" exhibits from the "history" museum into the "science" museum.

Gregors closed the history museum so archives from the office can be stored there during demolition...I mean modification. The new $2.1M archives building will wrap around the office. Gregors was able to fool the City commission into believing Thronateeska was the local archives expert, with help, no doubt, from City Clerk Sonja Tolbert, who just happened to be on the Thronateeska BOD when the whole scheme was hatched. Don't believe for a moment the pablum story version that was printed in the Herald a few months ago. In spite of what Gregors may have told the city, the museum had no staff with any experience in document archives work. The lady heading the archives department wasn't hired until after Gregors fooled the commission into a contract, and even she had no experience or certification in museum archives work. She does now, but not when hired.

And let's not forget the Chris Pike connection...Pike worked for Gregors as "curator" for a couple of years after he graduated from ASU. Com. Pike was conveniently absent for voting on the $75k archives contract awarded Thronateeska. And no one seems to know much about a $35k "gift" to Thronateeska, probably through the City Clerk's office, to buy computer equipment to be able to start providing the archives service.

All Gregors is doing now is continuing his string of post-P&G employment building projects using taxpayer funds...Chehaw's Education Center, the Okefenokee Education and Research Center, and the train shed , Science Museum and planetarium and Tift Warehouse "stabilization" at Thronateeska. Gotta wonder what he plans to do next, now that the last bit of green space at Thronateeska is going to be covered up with the new archives building.

Maybe he'll finish the SPLOST IV train restoration project. It's only been 13 years since that project was started, under a different museum director, mind you. It would be nice to see the train exhibit actually cared for, instead of weeds growing up and having junk piled all around. The area certainly isn't attractive like it was. Maybe that's part of his plan...keep it junked up so no one wants see it, and then he can justify getting rid of it. So what if $600k in taxpayer money was spent. Oh, I guess it wasn't his idea or project, so he doesn't care...there are even things at Thronateeska donated by his family that he hasn't shown any interest in preserving. It's becoming more and more obvious that Gregors cares nothing about artifacts, the things people go to museums to see.

The "Gregors Empire" at Thronateeska. I hope his rubber-stamp BOD wakes up before he totally ruins the place.

So, I'll be waiting to see the announcement on the genealogy becoming a permanent part of Thronateeska's holdings, in 9 months or so.


chinaberry25 2 years, 10 months ago

I wish it would become permanent. Books have been stolen and hardly ever manned. I got in an altercation with one of the homeless folks in town. She did not want to be told to sign the ledger when she came in. Hope she is long gone, but I doubt it. But she had a cell phone of which I am sure we are paying for.


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