Digitization of city directories for Albany, Georgia, dating from 1922-1950

New online records are now available for people researching their families in Albany, Georgia. The Digital Library of Georgia has just added a collection of city directories housed at the Dougherty County Public Library, dating from 1922-1950. The collection, Albany, Georgia City Directories, is available at dlg.usg.edu/collection/zgn_albcd and contains eleven directories covering Albany during intermittent years from 1922 to 1950, and one 1937 directory from Americus.

City directories existed before telephone directories and often listed the names, addresses, occupations, and ethnicities of people in American towns and cities. Because they contain so much detailed information, they are vital resources for researchers, genealogists, and the general public. According to the Library of Congress, city directories “are among the most important sources of information about urban areas and their inhabitants. They provide personal and professional information about a city’s residents as well as information about its business, civic, social, religious, charitable, and literary institutions.”

Christina Shepherd, head of reference for the Dougherty County Public Library describes the relevance of Albany’s city directories to the researchers in her library: 

“Several patrons have asked to use the directories to see who lived in their house, to trace an ancestor’s life, verifying use of land or to see who ran what businesses.  A specific example is in 1940 there was a tornado that came through and destroyed a lot of downtown Albany. While these directories do not show that event, they show the city stayed strong after that event. The directories have the addresses where businesses were before the tornado in 1939 to where they had to relocate in 1941. Just think, those directories were the same books that our relatives, our city leaders, and others used to find an address or phone number!”

J. Douglas Porter, a writer based in Albany Georgia notes: “Much of the material I have been looking at has been digitized and is searchable. This has not only been a useful time-saver, but it has also proven to be more reliable than my visual scans of many pages of materials. The city directories have a high level of historic value and potential for reuse by multiple audiences well into the future. In fact, they will become even more valuable as time passes and the paper copies crumble.”

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Albany, Georgia city directory 1934-35 containing an alphabetically arranged list of names, a classified business directory, a street directory, and much useful miscellaneous information


1934-1935 city directory for Albany, Georgia containing information that identifies Albany residents, their occupations and local businesses.

Albany, Georgia city directory 1934-35 containing an alphabetically arranged list of names, a classified business directory, a street directory, and much useful miscellaneous information, page 12

Albany, Georgia city directory 1934-35 containing an alphabetically arranged list of names, a classified business directory, a street directory, and much useful miscellaneous information, page 213

Albany, Georgia city directory 1934-35 containing an alphabetically arranged list of names, a classified business directory, a street directory, and much useful miscellaneous information, page 222

About Dougherty County Public Library

The Dougherty County Public Library’s mission is “To Strengthen our Community by Inspiring, Encouraging, and Supporting Life-long Learning for all.”  The goals of the library are to select, assemble and administer organized collections of educational and recreational library materials; to serve the community as a center of reliable information and a place where inquiring minds may encounter original, unorthodox, or critical ideas in our society; to provide opportunities and encouragement for individuals to continue their educations; to supplement and help formal education programs; to seek, continually, to identify community needs; to support civic groups, cultural activities, or cooperate with other agencies as they work for community good; to maintain and disseminate public information encouraging to individuals to better use the libraries as well as to contribute to the field of professional librarianship; to enhance interest and research in local history; and to provide opportunity for substantive recreational and constructive use of leisure time through the use of literature, music, films, and other forms. Visit docolib.org/  

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu.


Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Winter 2019

Over the winter, the Digital Library of Georgia released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. Included below is a list of the new titles along with titles added from previous newspaper websites.

Titles funded by a National Digital Newspaper Program Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Morning News (Savannah), 1887-1899

Titles funded by Georgia HomePLACE:

Orthodox Democrat (Barnesville), 1889

Barrow Times (Winder), 1919-1921

Weekly Journal (Homer), 1889-1890

Barnesville Weekly Gazette, 1869

Daily Gazette (Barnesville), 1884

Weekly Gazette (Barnesville), 1868

Titles funded by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR):

Wolverine Observer (Morris Brown College, Atlanta), 1936-2001

Panther (Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta), 1944-1969

Titles funded by the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation

American Patriot (Savannah), 1812

American Republic (Macon), 1859

American Standard (Albany), 1855

American Union (Griffin), 1851-1860

American Whig (Griffin), 1848

Argus (Savannah), 1828-1829

Backwoodsman and Upson Yeoman (Thomaston), 1834

Bee (Forsyth), 1849

Christian Index (Washington), 1833-1866

Columbian Museum & Savannah Advertiser, 1796-1817

Columbian Museum and Savannah Commercial Advertiser, 1817

Columbian Museum and Savannah Daily Gazette, 1817-1819

Columbus Sentinel and Herald, 1838-1841

Covington Herald, 1835

Cuthbert Reporter, 1856-1860

Daily Citizen (Macon), 1857

Daily Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1859

Daily Sun (Columbus), 1856-1861

Daily Telegraph (Savannah), 1840

Darien Gazette, 1818-1828

Dollar News (Savannah), 1855

Empire State (Griffin), 1856-1859

Enterprise (Thomasville), 1865

Evening Mirror (Savannah), 1851

Federal Republican Advocate, and Commercial Advertiser (Savannah), 1807-1808

Friend and Monitor (Washington), 1815

A Friend of the Family (Savannah), 1849-1851

Georgia & Carolina Gazette (Petersburg), 1805-1806

Georgia Banner (Newnan), 1856

Georgia Christian Repertory (Macon), 1831-1832

Georgia Citizen Advertiser (Macon), 1860

Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1850-1860

Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1859

Georgia Clipper (Warrenton), 1860

Georgia Courier (Lumpkin), 1853

Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1763-1770

Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1798-1802

Georgia Jeffersonian (Griffin), 1853-1854

Georgia Journal and Independent Federal Register (Savannah), 1793-1794

Georgia Journal and Messenger (Macon), 1847-1861

Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader (Atlanta), 1860-1861

Georgia Messenger (Ft. Hawkins), 1823-1847

Georgia Pioneer, and Retrenchment Banner (Cassville),  1840

Georgia Pioneer (Cassville), 1841

Georgia Republican & State Intelligencer (Savannah), 1802-1805

Georgia Republican (Savannah), 1806-1807

Georgia Temperance Crusader (Penfield), 1858-1859

Greensboro Weekly Gazette, 1858

Harris County Enterprise (Hamilton), 1860-1864

The Hickory Nut and Upson Vigil (Thomaston), 1833-1834

Independent Blade (Newnan), 1859-1860

Independent Press (Washington), 1840

Independent South (Griffin), 1858

The McIntosh County herald, and Darien commercial register, 1839-1840

The messenger (Macon), 1823

The missionary (Mt. Zion), 1821-1825

The monitor (Washington), 1802-1815

The Morning Chronicle (Savannah), 1818

Muscogee Democrat, and Mercantile Advertiser (Columbus), 1847-1848

Muscogee Democrat (Columbus), 1849

News & Planters’ Gazette (Washington), 1840-1844

The News (Washington), 1816-1820

The News (Washington), 1833-1840

Organ (Hamilton), 1854-1856

Palladium (Newnan), 1835-1836

Patriot and Commercial Advertiser (Savannah), 1806-1807

Planters’ Weekly (Greensboro), 1860-1861

Public Intelligencer (Savannah), 1807-1809

Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger, 1807-1816

Republican Sentinel (Rome), 1844

Royal Georgia Gazette (Savannah), 1779-1782

Rural Cabinet (Warrenton), 1828-1830

Savannah Courier, 1852

Savannah Daily Georgian, 1857-1858

Savannah Daily Journal and Courier, 1855

Savannah Evening Journal, 1852-1853

Savannah Journal, 1852

Savannah Mercury, 1829

Savannah Museum, 1821-1822

Semi-Weekly True Flag (Rome), 1860

Sentinel (Louisville), 1820

Southern Baptist Messenger (Covington), 1860-1862

Southern Literary Companion (Newnan), 1860-1865

Southern Enterprise (Thomasville), 1860-1861

Southern Enterprise (Thomasville), 1865-1866

Southern Miscellany (Madison), 1842-1846

Southern Patriot (Savannah), 1806

Southern Sentinel (Columbus), 1850-1852

Southerner (Rome), 1850

Standard (Cassville), 1852-1853

Standard of Union and Free Trade Advocate (Sparta), 1834

Star of the South (Elberton), 1860

State Press (Macon), 1859

Telegraph (Darien), 1835

Temperance Banner (Penfield), 1849-1855

Temperance Crusader (Penfield), 1856-1857

Times & Sentinel Tri-Weekly (Columbus), 1855-1858

Times (Savannah), 1823

Tri-Weekly Columbus Times, 1851

Tri-Weekly Times and Sentinel (Columbus), 1853

Upson Pilot (Thomaston), 1858-1862

Washington News and Miscellaneous Advertiser, 1832-1833

Washington News, 1822-1831

Weekly Georgia Citizen (Macon), 1860

Weekly Sun (Columbus), 1859-1863

Weekly Times & Sentinel (Columbus), 1853-1858

Wilkes Republican (Washington), 1857-1858

Wire-grass Reporter (Thomasville), 1857-1858

The DLG has also converted several newspaper archives to the GHN website, including:

Carroll Free Press (Carrollton), 1883-1922

Cassville Standard, 1857-1860

Cedartown Advertiser, 1879-1884

Cedartown Express, 1877-1879

Cedartown Record, 1874-1877

Cedartown Standard, 1900-1922

Cherokee Advance (Canton), 1880-1922

Clayton Tribune, 1899-1924

Cleveland Progress, 1892-1896

Dahlonega Nugget, 1903-1928

Daily Telegraph and Messenger (Macon), 1873

Douglas County Sentinel, 1917-1922

Gainesville News, 1902-1922

Georgia Cracker, 1897-1902

Georgia Telegraph (Macon), 1832-1835

Georgia Telegraph (Macon), 1844-1858

Georgia Weekly Telegraph and Georgia Journal & Messenger, 1869-1880

Georgia Weekly Telegraph, Journal and Messenger, 1880-1882

LaGrange Herald, 1843-1844

LaGrange Reporter, 1857-1914

Macon Daily Telegraph, 1908

Macon Georgia Telegraph, 1836-1844

Macon Telegraph, 1894-1904

Macon Telegraph, 1826-1832

Macon Telegraph and Messenger, 1873-1882

Newnan Herald, 1868-1885

North Georgia Citizen (Dalton), 1868-1921

Rome Tri-Weekly Courier, 1860-1880

Rome Weekly Courier, 1860-1878

Standard (Cassville), 1852-1853

Telegraph and Messenger (Macon), 1871-1873

Twice-a-Week Telegraph (Macon), 1907

Weekly Georgia Telegraph (Macon), 1858-1869

Weekly Telegraph (Macon), 1885-1894

Weekly Telegraph and Messenger (Macon), 1884-1885