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Read All About It: Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library

By: Matt Kiley - Advantage Archives
Last week, the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library announced that they will be partnering with Advantage Archives to digitize more than 100 years of The Moultrie Observer, currently only available on microfilm.

An article featured in The Moultrie Observer of Moultrie, Georgia shared the news that soon patrons who live in Colquitt County, in other areas of the country and even around the world will have access this resource. The project was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). We at Advantage are excited to work on a project to preserve the written history of Colquitt County by digitizing The Moultrie Observer, the only local newspaper and the legal organ for Colquitt County, from its inception in 1894 to the present and making it available to researchers on the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library website.

With the creation of a keyword searchable database, research will be less time consuming, researchers will have quick and easy access to primary documents and will be able to do research on their own schedules. The extensive collection of resources will now make it possible for individuals to connect with their ancestors and learn who they were and how they lived.

Any community’s most extensive source of local history is its newspaper,” said Melody Jenkins, adult services librarian and project manager. “By preserving The Moultrie Observer and making it available online, the availability of information it contains will be guaranteed for many years to come.

According to Nancy Coleman, regent of the John Benning Chapter (DAR), “The Observer is especially valuable in discovering the day-to-day lives of our ancestors in the local community. The John Benning chapter is pleased to have endorsed this grant.”

The project is expected to be completed in the very near future with more information on how to access the database released at that time. To read the full article please visit The Moultrie Observer.

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