Georgia HomePLACE and the Digital Library of Georgia announce the addition of more than 82,000 pages of newspapers dating from 1875-1959 to the Georgia Historic Newspapers portal (gahis toricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu).

The portal is the largest provider of free online access to digitized licensed and public domain Georgia newspapers, and currently includes titles dating between 1763 and 2017. Consisting of 28 titles and more than 11,000 issues covering Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Butts, Forsyth, Jackson, Lamar and Madison counties, these latest digital collections provide historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date, city, county and type.

"The ability to search by keyword is a game changer for those patrons exploring family and community history," said Anna Lyle, director of the Forsyth County Library System. "We are grateful to the Forsyth County News for granting us permission to digitize and display these issues online, and to Georgia HomePLACE for providing the funding to begin this project."

Issues are freely available online through Georgia Historic Newspapers, which utilizes the Library of Congress' open source tool, Chronicling America, for online delivery.

Annually, the Digital Library of Georgia digitizes more than 100,000 historic newspaper pages in accordance with technical guidelines developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress for the National Digital Newspaper Program.

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