2018-05-23 / Front Page

Early County News — The early years

Just in time for Early County’s bicentennial celebration, the earliest issues of the Early County

News are now available online, starting with the the Nov. 4,

1863 issue. The News was established in 1859.

Georgia HomePLACE and the Digital Library of

Georgia announced this month the addition of nearly 27,000 pages of South Georgia newspapers dating from 1863- 1927 to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website.

Consisting of 4,000 issues covering Early, Montgomery and Toombs counties, this newest digital collection provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.

Access is available FREE online through Georgia Historic Newspapers... https://gahistoricnewspapers.-galileo.usg.edu

“Newspapers remain the number one most frequently requested digital primary source format in Georgia’s public libraries,” says HomePLACE Director Angela Stanley. “We tend to think of Facebook as our virtual community meeting place, but newspapers have been filling this role since the 17th century.”

Georgia Historic Newspapers, which includes some of the state’s earliest newspapers providing perspectives often missing in history books, is compatible with all current browsers, and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. They can also be downloaded as PDFs.

Latest issues online!

Beginning with the Feb. 8, 2006 issue, the latest issues of the Early County News can be viewed online by clicking on “Archives” at www.earlycountynews.com. By clicking on the “Print Edition” tab at the top, the pages can be scrolled through or flipped like actual pages and zoomed. PDFs of the pages can also be viewed and downloaded for scrapbooks or framing.

Microfilm of issues of the Early County News during the years not included in the Digital Library of Georgia project and the newspaper website — 1928-2005 — are available at the Lucy Hilton Maddox Library.

These issues will be added to the Digital Library of Georgia during future projects. Contact the library at 723-3079 for more information.

The Digital Library of Georgia digitizes over 100,000 historic newspaper pages each year with funding from GALILEO, the Georgia Public Library Service, and its partners, and microfilms more than 200 current newspapers, including the Early County News.

Georgia HomePLACE is a project of the Georgia Public Library Service that encourages public libraries and related institutions across the state to participate in the Digital Library of Georgia.

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia's libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture and life.

The Digital Library of Georgia also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.

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