Gilmer County Genealogical Society, Inc. Publications 

The Gilmer County Genealogical Society, Inc. actually began with the publication of its first book Heritage of Gilmer County 1932-1996, which, unfortunately, is unavailable and no longer in print. After the publication of the book, the editors decided to form The Gilmer County Genealogical Society, Inc. This organization has continued to publish books since its inception, including the collections Poetry from the Mountains and Days Gone By; Reflections on Mountain Heritage;  Faces of Our Ancestors: First Families of Gilmer County, Georgia; and The Evolution of Ellijay, Georgia: 1921-2021, A Century of Change. Two of our publications are no longer in print but are available for purchase in digital format with a choice of either compact discs or flash drives. These books are A Revenuer’s Diary and Family Legends of Gilmer County. Three of four of our books that are still in print are now discounted while supplies last.

All books may be purchased at scheduled meetings, at Walls of Books at 96 Craig Street in East Ellijay, Georgia, and via mail. A mail order form for our complete catalogue of published books may be found by clicking here. (Note: Shipping/handling costs will vary depending on the individual book, size/weight, format, and location.)

Pictured above are our available publications.


GCGSI’s Catalogue of Publications including Prices and Descriptions

(Additional shipping/handling costs for mail orders. Click here for the mail order form.)

A Revenuer’s Diary (digital format only-cd or flash drive)  $25.00

Compiled by Warren Cagle, investigator for ATF, A Revenuer’s Diary contains daily reports from Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin Counties from 1954 to 1959.

Family Legends of Gilmer County (digital format only-cd or flash drive)  $25.00

Published in 2009, Family Legends of Gilmer County is a 500-page compilation of contributors’ stories as a record of their ancestors’ and current families’ histories. It includes photos, recollections, and memoriam with an index of 1500 surnames.

Days Gone By  $20.00 $40.00

Published in 1999, Days Gone By is a compilation of the writings of the late Ernest Parker, a Gilmer County native and historian, and much of the content was originally published in the Ellijay Times-Courier newspaper.

Reflections on Mountain Heritage  $18.00 $35.00

As the title states, this book reflects the lives and activities of our old mountain homesteads. Published by GCGSI in 2004, it includes recipes; family care; old sayings; superstitions and traditions; tales from the mountains; memories and reminiscences.

Poetry from the Mountains – $8.00 $20.00

This book is a charming collection of poems written by Gilmer County residents, their ancestors, and/or their descendants, and it was published by GCGSI in 2004.

Faces of Our Ancestors: First Families of Gilmer County, Georgia – $80.00

Published in 2019, this tome is a legacy to the pioneers who first settled in Gilmer County as found on a census from 1840 or earlier. A beautiful record of over 800 pages, it includes family trees, photographs, interesting stories, and biographies of those pioneers’ descendants, the members of First Families of Gilmer County, Georgia.

The Evolution of Ellijay, Georgia 1921 – 2021 A Century of Change

Compiled for Ellijay natives, newcomers, and visitors, our latest book that was published in 2021, The Evolution of Ellijay, Georgia, is a portable trade-sized paperback that provides a plethora of sources about the changes that have occurred in Historic Downtown Ellijay, Georgia over the past century. In addition to the history of the town, included are reminiscences of the personal times and events of Gilmer Countians as well as an annotated and indexed map of the physical structures of the town from past to the end of 2021.

GCGSI books are also available for purchase at Walls of Books; 96 Craig Street, Suite 104; East Ellijay, Georgia 30540; 706-276-2008