Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive.

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/savnewspapers

Savannah Morning News, Feb. 22, 1876
Sav. Morning News, Feb. 22, 1876

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to three newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 83,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The website includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah Republican (1809-1868).

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.​

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern  Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

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7 Replies to “Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive”

  1. Great work, guys. You all are doing a great tremendous job – Georgia is second to none when it comes to historical newspapers available free online.

    Thank you and keep up the good work!

  2. Hi, Helen:

    Unfortunately, we do not have those years digitized due to copyright restrictions. You’ll have to look at the microfilm for Savannah newspapers at your public library, or see if your public library has a subscription to digitized versions of Savannah newspapers (these are usually handled by a company called ProQuest). You can probably get started by contacting a librarian at your public library to find out what your options are.

    Here are the Georgia Newspaper Project’s microfilm holdings for Savannah titles that you can use as a starting point to research your obituaries. These titles are available on microfilm at the University of Georgia Libraries (which are closed to the public for now). You may need to wait until libraries re-open to research microfilm in person. http://www5.galib.uga.edu/gnp/listab.html?Search=Begin+Search%21

  3. Hello, I was wondering if someone could please help me. I am trying to find information on my 3rd Great Grandfather, Troy M. Sellers. He was a trolley driver and I was told that a passage killed him for 42 cents in Savannah on May 16, 1908. I would appreciate anyone’s help in pointing me in the right direction for any information on him. Thank you!

  4. Hi Robyn:

    I am so sorry about your third great-grandfather.

    I would recommend the following genealogical resources.

    The Digital Library of Georgia has a list of resources that you might be able to consult with regard to the kinds of documents you might need to search. That resource is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14uFtbK2N1EMQ148Fu6z7t3WtXc1yLpjI/view. It basically lists all of the kinds of genealogical documents that we provide freely online.

    Using Ancestry Library Edition might also help with a broader scan. If you are a Georgia resident you can access this freely at your public library through GALILEO.

    Contact organizations like:

    Georgia Genealogical Society
    https://www.gagensociety.org
    for more information on how to research Georgia ancestors, or if you can’t conduct the research yourself, connect you with professional genealogists who (for a fee) can help you.

    the Savannah Area Genealogical Association
    https://sites.rootsweb.com/~gasaga/
    to see what additional resources they might have for ancestors in the Savannah area.

    If your ancestor was African American, I would make contact with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society https://www.aahgs.org/ for more information on how to research African American ancestors.

    Genealogy can be a broad topic, but I hope I have narrowed things down to provide some resources that you will find useful.

    All the best.

  5. Looking for an article about a fire on Wilmington Island August 6th 7th possibly the 8th of 2003 at west wind apartments.

  6. Hi, Matt: Unfortunately, we do not have those years digitized due to copyright restrictions. You’ll have to look at the microfilm for Savannah newspapers at your public library, or see if your public library has a subscription to digitized versions of Savannah newspapers (these are usually handled by a company called ProQuest). You can probably get started by contacting a librarian at your public library to find out what your options are.

    Here are the Georgia Newspaper Project’s microfilm holdings for Savannah titles that you can use as a starting point to research your obituaries. These titles are available on microfilm at the University of Georgia Libraries (which are closed to the public for now). You may need to wait until libraries re-open to research microfilm in person. http://www5.galib.uga.edu/gnp/listab.html?Search=Begin+Search%21

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