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Posted: June 16, 2012 8:52 p.m.

Blakeslee: Using local college libraries

This week we are exploring more resources. As you explore further and further into your genealogy, you will need more and more resources. There are hundreds of resources, finding them and utilizing them is challenging.

• State College Library If you have a local state college library near you, take advantage of its genealogical resources. First, go online and check the college's website to see what the library has to offer. Take a day trip to the library but be prepared and organized before you go. Bring with you dates of when your ancestors lived, questions you are trying to get answered, plenty of paper and a pencil.
•Historical Newspapers

I just love historical newspapers. This is my personal favorite. The paper may tell you everything you need to know about your ancestor's life. It gives birth announcements, death announcements, engagements, marriages and criminal information. It is a wealth of information. It clues you in to how your ancestors lived, went to church, got married, had picnics, graduated and so much more. Beware to always confirm the information you find. In some instances, the newspaper can confirm information you obtained from other sources. Verify, verify, verify all the information you find in a newspaper.

Just a few resources for finding historical newspapers are your State College Library, local libraries, Historical Society and State Genealogical Society.

A few websites for the State of Georgia are:
• Augusta Chronicle (augustaarchives.com) searchable online archive of the state's oldest newspaper
• Digital Library of Georgia: Galileo (dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html)
• the Georgia Newspaper Project (libs.uga.edu/gnp)

Ellen Chit Chats:
I want to clarify a statement I made several columns ago about the website Findagrave.com.

I mentioned that it had been bought out by Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com has not in fact bought out Findagrave.com but instead has started webcrawling findagrave.com.

Webcrawling means that it gives hints to subscribers of content that is on an external page such as findagrave.com. However, when the user wants to review the content they are directly taken to the external webpage.

Ellen Blakeslee is a professional Genealogist living in Covington. You can reach her at genealogy.loveofthehunt@gmail.com.

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