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Current papers of Marion County and surrounding areas:

Tri-County Journal
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Some issues of these newspapers are on microfilm at the University of Georgia at Athens and are available through InterLibrary Loan.

Washington Memorial Library has the Argus in its many manifestations from late September 1875 to December 1923. The chronology and name changes are as follows

Buena Vista Argus 
September 24, 1875 to March 26, 1881 

Marion County Argus 
April 2, 1881 to January 23, 1884 

Marion County Sentinel 
February 6, 1884 to August 27, 1885 

Marion County Clipper 
September 3, 1885 to March 26, 1886 
Vol. 1, no. 1 (Sept. 3, 1885)- ceased 1886
Published: Buena Vista, Ga. : Thomas B. Lumpkin,
(microfilmed - UGA)

Marion County Patriot 
April 9, 1886 to December 1923 
Published: Buena Vista, Ga. : S.H. Christopher,;
Year: 1886-1968 - weekly
Frequency: Weekly 
Description: Began in 1886.; -v. 85, no. 33 (Aug. 15,
1968).; v. 

Succeeding Title: Ellaville citizen; (DLC)sn 89053214;
Marion County patriot and Ellaville citizen; (DLC)sn

Accession No: OCLC: 19755793 (for ordering interlibrary)

Marion County patriot [and] Ellaville citizen.
Continued by:      Patriot-citizen (Buena Vista, Ga.)
Publisher:  Talbotton, Ga. : New Era Press,
Vol. 85, no. 34 (Aug. 22, 1968)-v. 96, no. 39 (Sept. 26,
1974)  weekley

 Patriot-citizen (Buena Vista, Ga.)
Continues: Marion County patriot and Ellaville citizen
Weekly Vol. 94, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 1974)-
Publisher: Manchester, Ga. : Tri-County Newspaper, Inc.,
Talbotton, Ga. : New Era Press,
Vol. 85, no. 34 (Aug. 22, 1968)-v. 96, no. 39 (Sept. 26,

Microfilm - UGA Library

Patriot Citizen which
covered Schley, Webster and Marion. 

ca 1998  Tri County
Journal was started and became the legal journal for Schley and Marion. It
has since become the Tri County Journal and Chattahoochee Chronicle.

Marion County Newspapers

The Marion County Patriot, April 1886 - Sept. 1894
The Marion County Patriot, Jan. 1900 - May 1904
The Marion County Patriot, Oct. 1906 - July 1909

Transcribed by Carla Mills
Marriages and deaths posted in Vital Records Section

Newspapers Available on Microfilm

Tips on Using Newspapers in Your Research


In the early 1950's the University of Georgia Libraries began a special project to convert Georgia newspapers to microfilm. From 1987 through 1991 the National Endowment

for the Humanities  funded a large portion of retrospective microfilming, as well as cataloging all Georgia newspaper holdings in the OCLC union catalog.

These microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project can be available through interlibrary loan. Contact your local public library or the University of Georgia for details.


Researching at U of GA

From: "Carole Johnson"

Keep in mind that the Journalism School was only able to microfilm what was was found; some papers apparently were not archived and/or others just didn't survive.
Some that I've researched personally are: Polk County (Cedartown weekly); Cherokee County Tribune; Tifton, Douglas County, Grady County (Whigham), Meriwether County. I also was researching Haralson County and I believe checked a Bowdon paper. There were some earlier papers in Atlanta prior to the Atlanta Journal and Consitituion (of which there are drawer after drawer full).

There is a parking deck on Jackson street (the street past the Arches if you are heading east). When you come out of the parking deck, walk across Jackson onto campus (there will be steps). After you reach the top of the steps, turn left and continue down the sidewalk to the Main Library. After entering the Library walk toward the back of the building to the stairs. Go down to the next floor, turn left and immediately turn left again. You won't be able to miss the many file cabinets. Everything is self-serve. Don't expect much help.
There is a wooden file system like the ole' Dewey decimal one every library used to have for you to check the existence and location of your microfilm. It is indexed by city and county. I had been researching here for awhile before I even knew there is also a genealogy library upstairs.
The hours for it vary and it isn't open as many hours as the main library. The newpaper and census microfilm; however, is available any time the main library is open including late at night and on Sundays. I have had great success at this library and enjoy the students. They have been without exception kind and helpful. There is a light lunch place in the building near the entrance. Another big perk: an ATM! Hope this helps someone.

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