Schley County NEWSPAPER Look-Up Volunteers for Obituaries in Newspapers.

Newspapers Available on Microfilm


Some Schley County Abstracts

Abstracts from Schley newspapers

Ellaville Citizen
Jan. 1967-Aug. 15, 1968

Ellaville Sun
Jul. 16, 1937-May 1965; Nov. 16, 1967-Mar. 29, 1968

Harris Hill has transcribed from the following microfilm:
The Ellaville Sun  Jul. 16, 1937 thru Dec. 31, 1937
The Ellaville Sun  Jan. thru Oct. 14, 1938 (ongoing, I'm working on this roll now)

Harris has the microfilm for: The Ellaville Sun 1939 thru Jul., 1948

Schley County Enterprise
Jan. 7, 1886-Dec. 13, 1888

Schley County News
Jul. 1889-Dec. 1895; Jan. 1897-Jun. 2, 1939

Harris Hill has transcribed from the following microfilm:
The Schley County News  Oct. 1892 thru Dec. 1892
The Schley County News  all of 1893
The Schley County News  all of 1894
The Schley County News  all of 1895
The Schley County News  Jan. 1897 thru April 22, 1897
The Schley County News  May thru Dec. 1904 (These are incorrectly label "The Sylvester Local 1904 in the archives.  I mistakenly titled the first paper that way.)
The Schley County News  all of 1905
The Schley County News  all of 1906
The Schley County News  all of 1907
The Schley County News  all of 1908
The Schley County News  all of 1909
The Schley County News  Jan. thru April 1910

Harris has the microfilm for:
The Schley County News  May 1897 thru Dec 1900
The Schley County News  May 1910 thru Sept. 1913

Marion County Newspapers

The Marion County Patriot, April 1886 - Sept. 1894
The Marion County Patriot, Jan. 1900 - May 1904
The Marion County Patriot, Oct. 1906 - July 1909
Transcribed by Carla Mills - posted
Marriages and deaths posted in Vital Records Section

Talbot County Newspapers

The Talbotton New Era, June 1903 - May 1906
The Talbotton New Era, June 1906 - Oct. 1909
Transcribed by Carla Miles. posted

Taylor County Newspapers

Abstracts from Georgia Newspapers

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".

Early Taylor County Court Minutes (1852-1857) mention publication in Newspapers: Columbus - TIMES and SENTINEL

Columbus - Muscogee County


Published book:
Wright, Buster W. Burials and deaths reported in the Columbus (Georgia) Enquirer, 1832-1872
COLUMBUS ENQUIRER (Columbus, Ga. : 1828)
v. ; 68 cm.  Weekly  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 29, 1828)- Ceased in 1861.

Columbus,GA Newspaper Clippings (Columbus Enquirer)
vol 1 1832-1834 vol 2 1835 - 1837 vol 3 1838-1840 vol.4 1841-1843 vol 5 1844-1846 by Elizabeth Evans Kilbourne Continued by: Weekly Columbus enquirer (Columbus, Ga. : 1861) COLUMBUS DAILY ENQUIRER (Columbus, Ga. : 1874) U of GA v. Daily (except Mon.), Mar. 2, 1875- Vol. 16, no. 203 (Sept. 1, 1874)-v. 19, no. 259 (Nov. 3, 1877). Continues: Sun and Columbus daily enquirer Continued by: Columbus daily enquirer-sun (Columbus, Ga. : 1877) Daily (except Mon.) Began in Nov. 1877. -v. 28, no. 110 (May 8, 1886). DAILY WEEKLY ENQUIRER (chiefly adv.) Weekly Vol. 59, no. 31 (July 11, 1887)- Continued by: Weekly Columbus Enquirer-Sun

MACON - Bibb County

Check out this site for Newspaper abstracts:


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.

Abstracts on-line
We welcome your contributions!


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)."

Abstracts on-line
We welcome your contributions!


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


Earlier newspapers, i.e. The Talbotton Standard (1858), The Georgia Weekly (1865), West Georgia Gazette (1866), The Talbotton Standard (revived)(1868) but none published very long and no microfilm copies are apparently available.


U of GA v. Weekly Began in 1882. -v. 13, no. 9 (Dec. 24, 1895).


Issue in the Washington Library in Macon, there are some issues of the Crawford County Hearald dated in the 1890's.
Thanks to Joyce Murray and Jane Hampton for helping me with this list of newspapers available.

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.

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



Schley Co Newspapers Various excerpts from 1897, 1904 & 1905
Surnames within them: Hill, Brewer, Murray, McCrory, Dixon, Childers, Lightner, Hart, Ficklin, Wilson, Miller

February 25, 1897 Friday - Mr. P Z Hill was called to Summerville Friday by a telegram announcing the serious illness of his sister. (Note: I looked at the GA map and Summerville is just above Rome. So it looks like it was Nancy Hill Brewer who was ill.)

March 11, 1897 Thursday - Several gentleman left Ellaville this morning for Cedar Creek to spend a few days fishing. They were supplied with every thing necessary to make the trip pleasant and enjoyed the recreation immensely. Those in the party were Messrs. WD & JM Murray, Elbert Hill, PZ Hill. Col CR McCrory and Claud Dixon. They returned to the city yesterday loaded down with fish stories.

June 17, 1897 V11 #24 Thursday - Announcement is also made of the marriage on the 30th inst., of Mr. Lee Childers of Americus and Miss Mattie Hill, a very charming and popular belle of Montezuma. This event will take place at high noon the young couple leaving immediately for Nashville, the mecca of all newly married couples this season. (Americus Times Recorder) Much interest is felt in this marriage as Mr. Childers is an old Schley County boy, and has friends here who will extend sincere good wishes.

September 2, 1897 Thursday - Mr. Elbert Hill last week placed tomb stones over the graves of his children in the family burial ground at Bethel. They were purchased of Mr. Ed Miller Americus.

Grand Juror October 1897 Schley Co Fall Term - A J HIll

Traverse Juror October 1897 Fall term - Josiah Hill

September 29, 1904 Thursday - Mrs. Brewer of North GA is the very pleasant guest of Mrs. E Hill this week.

September 29, 1904 Thursday - Mrs. DR Ficklin & Essie Wilson of Butler are with her grandmother this week.

April 20, 1905 Vol. XV #17 Thursday - Lightner-Womack - Miss Katie Lightner and Mr. Obe Womack, both of the Ebenezar settlement were quietly married on last Sunday afternoon at the home of Col and Mrs. E J Hart judge Hart performing the ceremony. These young people are quite popular in the county and claim a host of friends who will be greatly interested in their future. November 1904 Mr. R.A. Wiggins went down to Americus, yesterday on important business. Mr. Hamp Stevens is spending the week here buying cotton. Mr.Eli Stewart of Stewart's Hill was here on business on Monday. Mr. James Gilmore Dead. Runaway horse takes in the public square. April 1907 Miss Minnye Lindley is visiting relatives in Americus. Mr. Joe Sears came up from Dawson and spent Sunday with his parents. C.R. Johnson is back at his post of duty at the hardware store, after a short illness. Miss Maude Williamson is attending the Chautunqua at Albany this week. Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Callier of Thomaston spent Saturday here, the guests of Mrs. E.W. Strange. Mr W.D. McCoy and daughter Miss Carry, of Olgelthrope, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Duncan this week. Mrs. L.M. Hollaway is quite ill with pneumonia at her home near Bluff Spring. Mr. R. F. Tison was called to the bed side of her daughter, Mrs. T.H. Rainey at Buena Vista, last week. Mrs. Rainey has been quite sick for the past weeks. Stella Irene Walters daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Walters died after being burned in a kitchen fire. A fine baby girl is one of the most recent arrivals at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Fulford at Lowe, arriving Monday night. Mrs. William Lumpkin, who for many years resided in in this county and having a large family relation here died in Worth County last Saturday at the home of son, at the age of 73. Her body was brought to Ellaville on the afternoon train Sunday, was carrried to Tazwell and intered in the family graveyard. Rev. Ledbetter preached a very forceful and interesting sermon on Pythianism at the Methodist church on last Sunday morning. Mrs. John Howell was called to the bedside of her son Gordon, who is seriousy ill. Misses Susie Strange, Sara Bennett, and Myrtice Strange visited Mr. and Mrs. Z.S. Childres of Americus last Saturday and Sunday. Miss Elinor Stewart has been absent from school on account of her illness. Miss Myrtice Strange is visiting relatives in Atlanta this week. Mr. Auley Luke of Lesley was visitor in the communtity Sunday.

Newspapers Available on Microfil

VisitUniversity of Georgia page to see what they have on microfilm.

Ellaville - Schley Co Interprise - (1886-1888)
County News (1889-1939)
Ellaville Sun (1937-1968)

|Back to the top| Schley Co Page | GA USGenWeb State Page|USGenWeb Page