Shaw History Room

**New addition 10/2015: Digital Walker County Messenger 1880-1965. Searchable by Keyword. Currently only available in the Shaw History Room**

The Shaw History Room houses the Doris Coulter Hetzler Memorial Collection along with a special collection of books, microfilm, files, and other materials needed for genealogical and historical research. Though the collection focuses on Georgia (primarily Northwest Georgia), other states are represented. Adjoining states and migration route states are of interest to our researchers. The Walker County Historical Society collection is in our Georgia Room, plus local organizations and individuals donate materials. Carol Smith manages the Georgia History and Genealogy Room.

Genealogical questions can be sent to


Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday: By appointment only
Thursday: 1pm-7pm
Friday: 11am-2pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm

From our Collection

Walker County Items:

Early LaFayette – Produced by LaFayette Friends of the Library – $15.00

Educational Survey of Walker County – $10.00

Proud Little Town-History of LaFayette – $50.00

Rock Springs United Methodist Church History – $25.00

Walker County Georgia Heritage Book – $50.00 (Out of Print)
Walker County Georgia Cemeteries Vol. 1 – $32.00

Walker County Georgia Cemeteries Vol. 2 – North Walker County by the Walker County Historical Society – $27.00


Bank of LaFayette Celebrates 100 Years by Jane Ellen Gilbert

Births, Deaths, & Marriages from the Walker County Messenger, 1883-1904 by Griffith

Chickamauga Yesteryear by the Tsikamagi Garden Club.

Early Days in Walker as written by Arba F. Shaw by Gilreath.

History of Walker County Georgia by Sartain and Name Index to History of Walker County by Sartain by the Library Staff.

Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home Records – August 1937 – August 1982

Bryan – LaFayette – Willson Funeral Home Records 1923 -1993

History of Medical Practice in Walker, Catoosa, and Dade Counties by Cureton.

Educational Survey of Walker County Georgia “The School Book” , reprinted by Walker County Historical Society.

Some church histories also available, including Peavine Baptist Church, Rock Spring Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of LaFayette, Concord United Methodist Church, and Shiloh Church.

Walker County GA Deed Index 1 – index of re-recorded deeds predating the Courthouse fire by Hetzler.

Walker County Georgia Heritage 1833 – 1983 by the Walker County Historical Society.

Census transcriptions:

1840 Walker County GA Census by Hetzler.

1850 Walker County GA Census by Shaw.

1860 Walker County GA Census by Griffith.

1870 Walker County GA Census by Griffith.

On Computers in Georgia History Room:

Walker County Messenger 1880 to 1965–searchable by keyword

LaFayette Cemetery

Powell Cemetery, Lookout Mountain, GA

Tri-County/LaFayette Memory Gardens

Walker County Marriages, 1883 -1940’s. This has been done by the Probate Judge’s office. Surname search by groom or bride surname.


Microfilm: Walker County Messenger 1880 to present

Microfilm: All United States Census for Georgia through 1930. Some census microfilm for other states.

Microfilm: Northwest Georgia Document Preservation Project – records microfilmed in Walker County.

Microfilm: Confederate Pensions in Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga and Dade Counties in GA.

Microfilm: Courthouse records including Deed Index 1 and 2, Deed Books 1-14, and Marriage Books 1-6.

Microfiche:  State of Georgia Death Index 1919 -1998

Microfiche:  State of Georgia Marriage & Divorce 1964 -1998