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Posted June 29, 2015

This Day in Georgia History: June 29, 1993

Georgia Lottery On this day in 1993, the Georgia Lottery began. In the early 90s, Governor Zell Miller campaigned for a state lottery which would fund education. In 1991, Georgia’s constitution was amended to designate lottery funds could only be used for education. After being ratified by voters in 1992, most of the lottery funds went to fund the HOPE scholarship. The HOPE scholarship provided tuition assistance to college students who graduated high school with a “B” average.

In the same time frame, a group of librarians in the University System of Georgia were working on a proposal for one statewide library to serve the entire population of Georgia. The ideas in this proposal were focused into what became GALILEO. Governor Zell Miller’s dedicating lottery money to education also allowed GALILEO to become a beneficiary of lottery funds. GALILEO officially launched September 21, 1995.

Today, the Georgia Lottery has provided Georgia students with more than $12 billion dollars since the first lottery ticket was purchased by Governor Zell Miller.

Images of Governor Zell Miller and students are from the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Posted June 23, 2015

Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive now includes more titles

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive now includes seventeen newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. This resource is available at or through the GALILEO website.

This archive is one of several historical newspaper collections in the Digital Library of Georgia. See a full list here:

An announcement from the Digital Library of Georgia describing the resource is available below.


The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the expansion of the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive.

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to seventeen newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 103,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Additionally, the site is compatible with all current browsers without the use of plug-ins or software downloads.

The archive now includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Daily Morning News (1850-1864), Daily News and Herald (1866-1868), and Savannah Daily Herald (1865-1866), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Daily Georgian (1835-1847), Daily Republican (1839-1840), Daily Savannah Republican (1829-1839), Georgian (1819-1823, 1829-1835), Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger (1809-1816), Savannah Daily Georgian (1853-1856), Savannah Daily Morning News (1868), Savannah Daily Republican (1818-1824, 1840-1852, 1855-1858, 1866-1867), Savannah Georgian (1825-1829, 1847-1849), Savannah Georgian and Journal (1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah National Republican (1865), Savannah Republican (1816-1818, 1824-1828, 1853-1855, 1858-1865), and Weekly Georgian (1839-1841).

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at


If you have any questions or need more information, please use the GALILEO Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Helpdesk at or 1-888-875-3697.

Posted June 18, 2015

Happy Birthday, George Heery!

George Heery On this day in 1927, one of the pioneers of modern architecture in post-war Georgia, George Heery, was born in Athens, Georgia. If you have ever been to downtown Atlanta, you no doubt have seen Heery’s work. Heery would design, build and collaborate on some of Atlanta’s most notable buildings: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia Aquarium, the Five Points MARTA station, Atlanta History Museum at the Atlanta History Center and the Coca-Cola U.S.A. Building.

Find more interesting facts about Georgia by visiting the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.

Posted June 16, 2015

Create Your Own Genealogy Roadshow with GALILEO

Family reunions and popular television series on finding ancestors are raising users’ interest in researching their family histories. GALILEO has a rich collection of resources to help Georgians track their ancestors, famous or infamous.

The recently revised HeritageQuest Online includes census records, local histories, and family histories and is easy to access from home with a public library login. (See list below for ways to log in). This resource also includes genealogy training videos and tip sheets for users; just look for the Research Aids link at the top after you log in.

Ancestry Library Edition is a robust genealogy resource that includes military, immigration, census, court, birth, marriage, and death records, as well as maps, images, obituaries, and much more. Ancestry Library Edition provides blank census forms and research forms to help you keep up with the information you collect; just click the Charts and Forms tab at the top to see these. This database is only available in the library due to licensing restrictions from the vendor, so you’ll need to go to your local Georgia public library or participating academic library to access it. You don’t need to log in to reach the Learning Center with research guides and other search help.

For all things Georgia, the Digital Library of Georgia includes over a million digital items on Georgia’s history and culture. Popular resources for family history research include:

Remote Access for Public Library Users
1) Log in via your PINES account, or
2) Try this! (geolocation) or
3) Contact your public library.

Posted June 12, 2015

Turner Scrapbook Collection Added to Digital Library of Georgia

Turner Scrapbook Collection The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) recently added their first Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP) collection, the Turner Scrapbook Collection. The Turner Scrapbook Collection is made available courtesy of the Newton County Library System (NCLS). PLPP is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and allows the Digital Library of Georgia to assist public libraries with making their cultural heritage available online by providing digital skills training and resources.

You can read more about the Turner Scrapbook Collection and Public Library Partnerships Project in the original Digital Library of Georgia announcement.

Are photos are from the Turner Scrapbook Collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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