Georgia Newspapers

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The first Georgia newspaper was the Georgia Gazette published in Savannah beginning in 1763. The Family History Library has very few newspapers for the state. The library has a collection of Savannah papers, 1793 to 1880, and a number of published indexes of newspaper obituaries and marriage announcements. A typical book of newspaper abstracts is Mary McKeown Overby, Obituaries Published by "The Christian Index," 1822-1899 (Macon, Georgia: Georgia Baptist Historical Society, 1975, 1982; Family History Library book 975.8 V4o).

Availability

The Family History Library, the Georgia Department of Archives and History, and the Georgia Historical Society have an every-name index of Savannah newspapers from 1836 to 1845 (Family History Library microfilms 228710-822). An index to deaths and marriages from 1763 to 1845 is also available (Family History Library microfilms 1617971–). The Georgia Department of Archives and History is preparing similar indexes for some Augusta and Milledgeville newspapers.

The Family History Library also has a film copy of the vital records card file at the Jacksonville Florida Family History Center (Family History Library microfilms 1204579-806 and 1292511). This file has names found in newspapers of North Florida and South Georgia for the years 1895 to 1945.

  • A guide to the extensive collections of newspapers at the libraries of the University of Georgia is Georgia Newspapers on Microfilm at the UGA Libraries (N.p.: 1978; Family History Library book Q 975.8 A5g; microfilm 1421709 item 3).

Web Sites

http://www.50states.com/news/georgia.htm

http://www.usnpl.com/ganews.php