The Union Recorder

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August 6, 2009

Newspapers’ archives now available online

Thanks to a project undertaken by The Digital Library of Georgia, archives of Milledgeville newspapers, including The Union-Recorder, are available in an online, searchable Web interface.

The Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive includes newspapers dating from 1808 until 1922. In addition to The Union-Recorder, newspapers available on the site include: The Federal Union, Future Citizen, Georgia Argus, Georgia Journal, Milledgeville Intelligencer, Milledgeville News, Reflector, Southern Recorder, Southron and Standard of Union.

The Southern Recorder and Federal Union merged in the 1880s to form The Union-Recorder, which enjoys the distinction of being the oldest continuously published newspaper in the state of Georgia.

Union-Recorder publisher Keith Barlow said he was excited about the addition and accessibility of newspaper archives and remarked on the ease of using the system. Within minutes, Barlow found the work of and stories about three relatives who published newspapers in Milledgeville during the 1800s. P.L. Robinson owned and published The Standard of Union while Thomas Haynes edited the newspaper. In addition, Col. B.H. Robinson also went on to publish The Standard of Union, following in his father’s footsteps. All are Barlow’s ancestors.

“Within minutes, I was literally staring at my family history,” Barlow said. “The searchability of the archives is incredible. Our readership will benefit from this resource, and I am thankful to the Digital Library of Georgia for making this possible.”

The digitization of the newspaper archives was made possible through a division of the Georgia Public Library Service, which is a unit of the University of System of Georgia Board of Regents.

For free access to the archives, visit http://milledgeville.galileo.u and you will be able to enter search criteria or search by newspaper name and date.

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