Thursday, July 5, 2018

More about Genealogy Libraries in Georgia #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy #galibraries #gaancestors

More about Genealogy Libraries in Georgia

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Budget cuts are a serious business in Georgia where the State is required to maintain a balanced budget.  The Georgia State Archives suffered for a number of years, resulting in a short 4-day week and long lines waiting to use microfilm readers.  Ultimately, the University of Georgia assumed responsibly for that budget, however, the 4-day week continues and the old unsatisfactory microfilm equipment remains. 

Sadly, the loss of the genealogy facilities at the Washington Memorial Library in Macon is monumental for genealogists because its microfilm collection is so extensive. 
The Fulton County Library in downtown Atlanta retains some rare collections in city directories dating back to the 1850s as well as The Georgian Newspapers on microfilm.  Their microfilm equipment, however, is antiquated.

On a more positive note, the Cobb County libraries are well-funded. The Georgian Room purchased two state-of-the-art scan-pro microfilm machines.  For the first time ever, one can view old newspapers and clean up the image. It is an imaging dream for reading old documents and over all improvement for the world of genealogy. 

In general, library facilities scattered about Georgia house some surprising genealogies and records not found elsewhere and are favorite haunts of avid genealogists!

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