The Moultrie-Colquitt County Library are asking for your help to finish a project that provides a vital resource to researchers, historians, and the general public.

By: Matt Kiley - Advantage Archives

An Advantage Preservation partner was featured in The Moultrie Observer of Moultrie, Georgia this week.

The library has 79 rolls of microfilm from 1984 to 2002 to complete and has created a fundraising page online through CrowdRise at crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/mccls-newspaper-digitization-project.

Most of the 125-year history of The Moultrie Observer newspaper can be found online at moultriecoulquitt.advantage-preservation.com.

Funding for the project was made possible through the sponsorship of the John Benning Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The Moultrie-Colquitt County Library are working diligently to secure funding for the remainder of the newspaper digitization.

Any community’s most extensive source of local history is its newspaper

Melody Jenkins – Project Manager

The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, a separate area at the main Moultrie library that’s dedicated to genealogical research and local history, had most of the old newspapers on microfilm that could then be digitized. In working on the project, the library discovered some rolls of microfilm were missing from its collection and was able to use some from The Observer to fill in the the gaps.

“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.”

So far, the Advantage hosted library website has all editions of the Weekly Observer, 1894-1988; daily editions from 1905, when the newspaper began daily publication, until 1962; and daily editions from 2002 to 2017. Daily editions from 1962 to 1983 are still being digitized and will be online very soon, according to library director Holly Phillips.

“The Observer is especially valuable in discovering the day-to-day lives of our ancestors in the local community,” said Nancy Coleman, regent of the John Benning Chapter.

“The digitization of The Observer has been very helpful in researching genealogy for prospective DAR members,” said Paula Neely, John Benning registrar and a member of the Odom Library Board. “Obituaries, for example, tell us who was married to whom, who their children were and what they did for a living. Digitization allows us to easily access this information.”

To learn more about the project you can read the full article in the Moultrie Observer or contact an Advantage account manager.

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