Invitation to Join Obituary Project

As President of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, I am asking every member to seriously consider becoming involved with the indexing process of our Obituary Project. This project continues the long history of how our Society has fulfilled our mission over the years as well as providing a huge service to the community.

Our Mission:
1. To promote, preserve, and make available for genealogical research the records of our ancestors.
2. To encourage and assist members in genealogical research.
3. To promote the exchange of such knowledge within the society and the community.
4. To encourage the deposit of genealogical records in established libraries.
5. To publish a genealogical journal on a quarterly basis.

Our Obituary Project Committee has done a wonderful job in getting this massive project “up and running.” After receiving two grants (thus far) they have hired three part time University of West Georgia students to begin scanning the many thousands of obits in the microfilmed newspapers of Carroll County newspapers.

These scanned images are now ready for volunteers to create an index that will be alphabetically filed on our website. A visitor to our website will be able to search this index, locate family names, view the obituary, and—for a $5.00 charge (payable through Pay Pal)—download one obituary at home on his/her computer.

An introduction and training session is scheduled for September 12, 2015, at 9 o’clock a.m. at the Carroll County Veterans Building. This will be an opportunity for you to see, step-by-step, just how the process works. The committee is working on a “training manual” for each volunteer to take home and keep as a guide to answer the most common questions you might have.

Attending this training session is not a commitment on your part to volunteer as an indexer (of course, we hope you will . . .); we want you to understand what we are doing and to see if your skills and interest fit this project. Some of our beta testers have found it a fun project, and certainly a worthwhile one.

If you would like more information, call Don Levans at 678-246-8446, or Carolyn Scherm at 770-830-6545.

Don Levans, President
Carroll County Genealogical Society