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Friday, December 30, 2011

Georgia State Archives to Close to the Public

The latest news is that the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia plans to close to the public in January. The reason is that the Georgia Legislature is to vote on further budget cuts. (Georgia is one of those States required to maintain a balanced budget, so they are being sensible with expenditures). During 2011 the archives was only open to the public 2 days per week, and what with all the holidays attached to Fridays, employees were off. During November, for example, they had Fri and Sat off after Thanksgiviing and during December they had Fri and Sat holidays for Christmas as well as tomorrow off because of New Year's Eve. This schedule might continue and if it does, I must say that it is very hectic for researchders. For one thing, you need to sign to use a microfilm machine/copier or wait for one to be available. Today was the last day for this year and there is no word yet on permanent closing. If you plan to visit the archives in January, please phone first.
Meanwhile, Georgia Pioneers still renders a rather impressive collection of will and estate images on its website. Should the archives close this year to the public, we will endeavor to obtain information from other sources.

Happy New Year everybody!

Jeannette Austin

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