Genealogy and history buffs alike can find plenty of hidden treasures available through the local library. Many of which don’t even require you to leave your home!
Nola Brantley and Perry Branch libraries both host local history rooms which contain numerous volumes of priceless Georgia documentation. Census records, military documents, even listings of individuals buried within local cemeteries. A registry list of the land allotments by soldier to those whom fought in the Revolutionary War is available for research. Additional registries are available listing those that served in the Civil War as well. Birth, marriage and death certificate registries are also available.
At the Perry Library we have microfilm of Houston Home Journal issues dating all the way back to July of 1883! These are extremely helpful in researching significant historical events. Perhaps the historical event that you are searching for occurred outside of Perry, Georgia. Archived issues of newspapers from Georgia and throughout the United States are available from the library through an online database within GALILEO. Newspapers are archived from Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, even New York and Los Angeles! And they are all accessible from home via the GALILEO portal at: http://www.houpl.org/HCPL/Online_Resources.html A password is required but is easily obtained by calling the library with your library card number.
While you are in GALILEO select ‘Everything Georgia!’ within the subject index. The Georgia History and Culture category will bring up a search screen. Enter keywords to locate endless treasures within our state. Looking for an archaeological dig in Georgia? 7 natural wonders? These are all easily located with a quick search.
While these resources are all a lot of fun to explore, they are invaluable to information seekers of all ages. To further explore all of the little tools and gems located within GALILEO visit the ‘Help’ button on the top right of the page. Tutorials are available for a step by step tour of all that is available and can be found here!