Press Release
Key Carroll County Genealogical Resources Now Online
June 19, 2019
Ingram Library / University of West Georgia

UWG student and Ingram Library student research assistant, Natalie Jett, discovering entries for Jett family members in Carroll County Georgia Cemeteries.  Ingram Library’s Special Collections at the University of West Georgia and the Carroll County Genealogical Society announce the free online availability of key genealogical resources providing information about the history of Carroll County and its population.

This collaborative project, generously funded by a grant through the Digital Library of Georgia, makes the two volumes of the Carroll County Georgia Cemeteries and issues of the Carroll County Genealogical Quarterly (1980-1994) easily usable by the public and fully keyword searchable.

Robert Blakemore, President of the Carroll County Genealogical Society said: “This is an exciting accomplishment for genealogical researchers, as they will now be able find their relatives along with the details of the cemetery. The Quarterly journals hold a goldmine of family information and life in Carroll County. Now anyone in the world will have access to this information. As the interest in genealogy grows, this information will be invaluable to online researchers. The Carroll County Genealogical Society Executive Board along with volunteers are very thankful for the collaboration with the University of West Georgia Ingram Library Special Collections and to the Digital Library of Georgia.”

Carroll County Georgia Cemeteries, a two-volume work published by the Carroll County Genealogical Society, is a guide to cemeteries in the western (volume 1) and eastern (volume 2) parts of the county. Together they provide transcriptions of names as they appear on tombstones within the 292 cemeteries located in Carroll County. It can be found at: https://dlg.usg.edu/collection/uwg_ccgc.

The Carroll County Genealogical Quarterly (1980-1994), another publication of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, contains articles on various aspects of the county’s history including information on the land lottery of 1827, Carroll County’s old militia districts, early post offices and postmasters, early settlers and marriages, rural churches and cemeteries, family histories and genealogies, wills and family records transcribed from bibles, census records, ownership of enslaved people of African descent, military history, tax digests, and more. The Carroll County Genealogical Quarterly is an invaluable resource that can be used in learning, teaching, and research of Carroll County history by students, genealogists, local historians, and descendants of Carroll County who live outside of the area. The digitized issues, from 1980-1994) can be found online at: https://dlg.usg.edu/collection/uwg_ccgq.

Blynne Olivieri, Head of Special Collections shared that this collaborative effort with the Carroll County Genealogical Society is part of an initiative called West Georgia Regional Archives: Collaborative Cultural Stewardship. “In the West Georgia region, there are a number of historical societies, genealogical societies, and other organizations that hold historically and culturally significant materials.” She added that UWG Ingram Library’s Special Collections recognizes the value of these organizations and their importance in collecting and preserving archival materials and producing publications. “In an effort to leverage the power of UWG’s expertise and resources for the greater public good, the Special Collections unit has partnered with various organizations and entities – in this case, the Carroll County Genealogical Society – in order to provide expertise in preservation and assistance in the digitization process. The purpose of these partnerships is to preserve and promote the history of this region and to help the public discover and access these materials.”

Dr. Keith Bohannan, Professor in UWG’s Department of History, was a supporter of this digitization project and shared that “the books and periodicals were only published in small numbers and were not easily available to the public. Putting these resources online will be very helpful to people both inside and outside the community who are doing genealogical or historical research.”

These resources have been made available online thanks in part to the Digital Library of Georgia’s Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.

For further information, contact Blynne Olivieri, Head of Ingram Library’s Special Collection, University of West Georgia, at bolivier@westga.edu or (678) 839-5455.