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City historical records posted online

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The city of Savannah has made several collections of historical records public accessible online.

In 2009, Ancestry.com awarded the city a grant to digitize and publish online city records that were identified as useful for genealogical research, according to a city news release. 

These digital collections are available online:

 

  • Vital Records, 1803-1966
  • Land, Tax & Property Records, 1896-1938
  • Voter Records, 1901-1917
  • Naturalization Records, 1825-1904
  • Records of Titles, 1791-1971
  • Court Records, 1790-1934
  • Cemetery and Burial Records, 1852-1939

 

More than 239,900 pages city records, loose manuscripts and more were finished by Ancestry.com staff in 2011. Indexing the data has been an ongoing effort. Collections have been made available online as they are finished.  

Search these city records online at this link:  http://collections.ancestry.com/search/GA/CityofSavannah:

Several of the city's collections are part of the Ancestry World Archives Project, which is a collaborative effort that allows volunteers around the world to participate in indexing.

Indexing of the city's collection of Free Persons of Color Registers (1817-1864) is underway. The data is of free persons of color who were required to register with the Clerk of Council's Office and have a white guardian prior to the abolishment of slavery. To participate in the AWAP project, visit http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Ancestry_World_Archives_Project.

Original hardcopies of records are still available to Savannah residents and the public at the Research Library and Municipal Archives department.  To find out more about the Municipal Archives or scheduling a research appointment, go to www.savannahga.gov/MunicipalArchives.

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