Old Fashioned Swap Meet

Old Fashioned Swap Meet

Archives | 03/03/2011

Our most recent visitor to the Archives library was a lady and her husband from over near Birmingham, Alabama.  They were impressed by the wealth of documentation we had on their Troup County families, particularly regarding generations before the family came to Troup County who lived in East Georgia and South Carolina.  As it happened, this collection  was so massive because it was a set of ancestors shared by our County Historian who spent years combing courthouses across the State and old newspapers at the University of Georgia getting copies of primary sources and documents on them.  In this case it was not all one sided.  It usually never is.  The lady had with her a collection of family letters written by a scion of this family about whom little was known here since this branch had moved away from Troup County nearly 150 years ago.  As it turned out, we ended up having what amounted to an old fashioned swap meet.  Of course, it is not exactly a “swap,” as we do have to charge for copies made here unless people bring their own scanner, as this couple did.  This exchange actually happens more often than one might think.  Our researchers add to our collections as well as glean from them!  Sometimes they bring old photographs, which we can scan into our collections while they are here.  People with family documents or photographs should consider donating copies to our collections on Troup County families.  They are always welcome.  These not only make another research-visitor’s experience more meaningful but insure preservation of the records.   

Clark