Bell Research Center
Center for the Study of History and Migration Trail Genealogy
Located in the Historic Cumming School
The Bell Research Center a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, serves the Forsyth County and North Georgia area. The library has several thousand volumes of books, films, periodicals, reference materials, and artifacts. While the collection focuses on migration trail genealogy , it also includes a diverse range of materials on local history. The Research Center augments the print collection with computer databases, several of which are privately compiled and not otherwise available, and other facilities. The Research Center is open without charge as a community service to the public for historical and genealogical research.
Hours of operation:
10:00AM - 2:00PM
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Closed Sundays and Holidays
Bell Research Center Address:
Historic Cumming School
101 Atlanta Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
Meet the Curator: Frank Clark
Frank Clark is a founder of the Bell Research Center and remains its curator. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Bell Center.
In 1952, Frank Clark was born a poor cracker in Miami, Florida, to what he describes as a mixed couple – one Southern, one Northern. Being raised in south Florida he spent his first quarter century in a historical vacuum, but was, nonetheless, at the age of ten, fascinated by the Civil War Centennial as well as the names of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. With the addition of the Walt Disney series on the “Swamp Fox” he embraced more of American history from long ago to the point that today Frank sees little reason and even less ability to separate past from present.
The barriers of time and space disappeared when, as a 30-year-old, he discovered his extensive Confederate roots and, later, his Revolutionary War and Jamestown ancestry. This would become a central tenet of the Bell Research Center’s mission statement: To help others realize their connections, by ancestry, to the shared history of our great nation.
Frank Clark is proud to be a charter member and founder of the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Sons of Confederate Veterans camp in 1993. He is also a member of the Robert Forsyth Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Frank has a variety of hobbies. He is a lifelong musician and songwriter, as well as an accomplished bevel and stained glass artist. Along the way he has written satire and humor pieces and dabbled in portraiture and sculpture or as he would say with a smile, "anything that staves off the onslaught of adulthood and the traditional occupations that are demanded by the acceptance