Advantage Preservation:

Paulding County Carnegie Library Newspaper Digitization Project (Ohio)

Thanks to a generous donation from the Paulding County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Advantage was able to partner with the Paulding County Carnegie Library for the digitization of County newspapers dating back to the 1800s.

Over a centuries worth of newspapers were preserved on microfilm and digitized by Advantage to create a keyword searchable database that can be found on the library’s website or

Titles included in the most recent digitization project include the Paulding Progress, Paulding Democrat, Paulding County Republican, Oakwood News, Grover Hill News, Paulding County Gazette, Payne Reflector, Antwerp Gazette, Payne Reflector, Press Review and the Antwerp Bee Argus.

Paulding County Carnegie Library director Susan Pieper commented on the advantages of having the newly digitized database. “When the website is up and running, researchers will type their search query in the search box which will search the entire list of holdings. However, by narrowing the search to specific newspapers or dates, the search results will be fewer and more relevant,” stated Pieper. “The search results will be the actual newspaper page with the search term highlighted.

“This new database will save researchers hours of research time otherwise spent scrolling through countless rolls of microfilm,” Pieper said.

You can read the full article on the Paulding County Carnegie Library Newspaper Digitization Project recently featured in Paulding Progress here.