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Earlier Area Newspapers

General Abstracts from the Georgia Journal (Milledgeville) Newspaper by Fred R. and Emilie K. Hurst. 5 vols/over 1200 pp in each vol Vol 1 1809-1818 Vol 2 1819-23 Vol 3 1824-1828 Vol 4 1829-35 Vol 5 1836-40

"Milledgeville,GA Newspaper Clippings" (Southern Recorder) by Tad Evans vol.1 1820-1827 vol 2 1828-1832 vol 3 1833-1835 vol 4 1836-1838 vol 5 1839-1841 vol 6 1842-1844 vol 7 1845-1848 vol 8 1849-1852 vol 9 1853-1856 vol 10 1857-1861 vol 11 1862-1866 vol 12 1867-1872

Many of the above newspaper abstracts have been sent through the GEORGIA-L mailing list. To search for a name, Type in GEORGIA. Next page type in the surname or county name you are searching for. If you want to see ALL of them type in "Ga Journal" or "Journal". 


Carolyn Williams "History of Jones County" pg 181
"The Jones County Searchlight" was one of the first county papers and was published at Clinton, and most of it written by Mrs. Ellen Griswold Hardeman.

"The next paper for Jones County was established at Gray by Mark Greene in 1895. He was born Sept 5, 1855, and died Sept 19, 1928 (buried in Highview Cemetery - Gray with wife Mary Ann Key) and he was an ardent Jones Countian. He was assisted in getting out the paper by his own family and it was a good one.

MACON - Bibb County

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Simri Rose

Simri Rose was the publisher of The Georgia Messenger and moved publication from Fort Hawkins to Macon in 1823. According to Dianne Wilcox the first name of The Georgia Messenger was The Bulldog, and that a later version is today called The Macon Telegraph. Rose's portrait now hangs in The Macon Telegraph's offices. Rose was instrumental in the planning of The City of Macon and planned what is now "The Oldest Landscaped Cemetery in the United States (Rose Hill) in 1840 in return for his chosen burial plot.


The first newspaper in Bibb County (City of Macon) was the GEORGIA MESSENGER (estab. March 16, 1823, Ft. Hawkins 1824, Macon, 5th Street). after passing through the hands of many owners, it was bought and merged with the GEORGIA JOURNAL of Milledgeville and titled the JOURNAL and MESSENGER. Apparently it was a weekly paper and didn't become a daily until 1868. In 1869, it was united with the TELEGRAPH.

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The Macon Telegraph is now online and free for searching. 1826 - 1909, not all years are available.

The Macon TELEGRAPH was founded in December, 1826. A small daily was also published from 1831 -1833 (1st in Macon). In 1844, a weekly paper, the REPUBLIC, was begun and continued until 1845 when it merged with the TELEGRAPH. After several more ownership changes, and merges with other papers, including the GEORGIA CITIZEN and the CONFEDERATE, interest in the MESSENGER was purchased, and merged also with the TELEGRAPH and was titled the TELEGRAPH and MESSENGER.

The MESSENGER title is no longer used, but the MACON TELEGRAPH continues today even after more ownership changes... (these notes were taken from Butler, John Campbell. HISTORICAL RECORD of MACON AND CENTRAL GEORGIA, c1879, J.W. Burke CO, Macon, GA. {2nd copyright 1958 by the MACON TOWN COMMITTEE of the NATIONAL SOCIETY of the COLONIAL DAMES of AMERICA in the state of GEORGIA}, PP. 329-333.

Willard Rocker's "Marriages and Obituaries From The Macon Messenger 1818-1865" is available at Washington Memorial Library, Macon
Look-up: Galen Chambers

Macon,GA (Bibb County) Newspaper Clippings (Messenger) Tad Evans Vol. 1 1823-1830 Vol. 2 1831-1837 Vol. 3 1838-1842 Vol. 4 1843-1847 Vol. 5 1848-1851 Vol. 6 1852-1854 Vol. 7 1855-1858 Vol. 8 1859-1865 Vol. 9 1866-1869

Macon ,GA Telegraph 1826/1832 - Mary Warren
"The Macon [GA] Telegraph 1826-1832" Vol. I, #1-Vol. VII, #13, Nov.1, 1826-Dec. 26, 1832 Abstracts of Marriage, Divorce, Death, and Legal Notices, compiled by Michal Martin Farmer, Mary Bondurant Warren, Nicole Moran O'Kelley and William Brett Hill. On the inside of this book a notation reads: 'The Macon Telegraph founded Nov. 1, 1826 and edited by Myron Bartlett, at Macon, Bibb Co., GA. Transcribed from microfilm of newspapers from Washington Mem. Library, Macon, GA." Look-ups: Donna Hall

Macon ,GA Telegraph 1833/1839 - Mary Warren

"The Macon Telegraph, for a time called the Georgia Telegraph, began weekly publication on Nov. 1, 1826 in Macon, Bibb Co, GA. Subscription price for the Macon Telegraph was $3 per annum if paid in advance, or $4 at the end of the year, and its publisher was Myron Bartlett. The newspaper office was on Cherry St., near the public square in Macon, GA. Between Oct. 17, 1831 and Dec. 21, 1832, Bartlett also published the Daily Macon Telegraph.

Mr. Bartlett reported in the Oct. 22, 1831 issue that there were twenty newspapers published in Georgia. One in Athens, three in Augusta, one in Bainbridge, two in Columbus, four in Macon, one in MacDonough, three in Milledgeville, one in Mount Zion (Hancock Co.), two in Savannah, one in Warrenton, and one in Washington. Published in Macon in late 1831 were: The Macon Telegraph (weekly, and Daily), the Georgia Messenger, the Macon Advertiser & Agricultural and Mercantile Intelligencer, and the Georgia Christian Repertory (a Methodist paper)."

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Washington Memorial Library has the Argus in its many manifestations from late September 1875 to Decmber 1923. The chronology and name changes are as follows Buena Vista Argus September 24, 1875 to March 26, 1881 Marion County Argus April 2, 1881 to January 23, 1884 Marion County Sentinel February 6, 1884 to August 27, 1885 Marion County Clipper September 3, 1885 to March 26, 1886 Marion County Patriot April 9, 1886 to December 1923 

Tips on Using Newspapers in Your Research

Newspaper-Macon Telegraph indexed on computer from 1899 in Washington Memorial Libary - Macon. The newspaper is also indexed in the genealogy room in books for dates prior to that.

Around 75 years ago, Georgia passed a law that courthouses should keep copies of their county newspapers. Many courthouses, libraries, and special collections have preserved this material.


In the early 1950's the University of Georgia Libraries began a special project to convert Georgia newspapers to microfilm. From 1987 through 1991 the National Endowment for the Humanities funded a large portion of retrospective microfilming, as well as cataloging all Georgia newspaper holdings in the OCLC union catalog.

The Macon Telegraph is now online and free for searching. 1826 - 1909, not all years are available.

These microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project can be available through interlibrary loan. Contact your local public library or the University of Georgia for details.

Researching at U of GA

From: "Carole Johnson" 

Keep in mind that the Journalism School was only able to microfilm what was was found; some papers apparently were not archived and/or others just didn't survive. 
Some that I've researched personally are: Polk County (Cedartown weekly); Cherokee County Tribune; Tifton, Douglas County, Grady County (Whigham), Meriwether County. I also was researching Haralson County and I believe checked a Bowdon paper. There were some earlier papers in Atlanta prior to the Atlanta Journal and Consitituion (of which there are drawer after drawer full). 

There is a parking deck on Jackson street (the street past the Arches if you are heading east). When you come out of the parking deck, walk across Jackson onto campus (there will be steps). After you reach the top of the steps, turn left and continue down the sidewalk to the Main Library. After entering the Library walk toward the back of the building to the stairs. Go down to the next floor, turn left and immediately turn left again. You won't be able to miss the many file cabinets. Everything is self-serve. Don't expect much help.
There is a wooden file system like the ole' Dewey decimal one every library used to have for you to check the existence and location of your microfilm. It is indexed by city and county. I had been researching here for awhile before I even knew there is also a genealogy library upstairs. 
The hours for it vary and it isn't open as many hours as the main library. The newpaper and census microfilm; however, is available any time the main library is open including late at night and on Sundays. I have had great success at this library and enjoy the students. They have been without exception kind and helpful. There is a light lunch place in the building near the entrance. Another big perk: an ATM! Hope this helps someone.

Extant Georgia Newspapers

A statewide reference covering 1763-1829 : Marriages and Deaths from Extant Georgia Newspapers 2 vols. by Mary W. Warren.

"Marriages and Obituaries from Early Georgia Newspapers" by Huxford -covers late 1700's to late 1800's.
Galen Chambers

WASHINGTON - June 11, 2001 - More than 20,000 community newspapers, some long 
out of print, have recorded American life since the 17th century and two unique
organizations have set the common goal of providing Internet access to this
documentation of American heritage. The National Newspaper Association (NNA)
and Cold North Wind Corporation signed a letter of intent today to create
America's Chronicles SM, an online search engine that accesses the digital
archives of America's community newspapers, beginning with the archives of the
3600 NNA member newspapers. The project could eventually result in 500,000,000
pages of original, historical content dating back to the 1600s and will be
available online at . The site will be
launched at the NNA's 116th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Milwaukee,
September 12-15, with access to the first of many digital archives


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