County Road 11: Newton County Archives

Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 11:33 AM CST
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The Newton County Historical and Genealogical Society was organized in March 2002 for two main purposes: the procurement and preservation of historical items and to educate the public of the history of Newton County

"We have about 200 members and we have a meeting every month but yet there are people that come in here all year and we have them to sign our register and we people from all states almost," said Ricky Harrison, President of the Newton County Historical and Genealogical Society.

You can find records of all types here at the archive building on Highway 15 in downtown Decatur. You can find out about family histories, census records, marriage licenses and much more.

"If it's a land record they need they can go back and find their grandparents or great grandparents or whomever and we'll try to help them with that."

Perhaps the biggest attraction for folks is coming in and reading through a couple of longstanding area newspapers--with the oldest dating back to December of 1901.

"The Newton Record and The Union Appeal. We have a lot of people that come in here and just read those. They go back and look back at maybe when they were in high school or people they knew and they just read about those articles and just reminisce a little bit about it."

Harrison says the a lot of hard work and research has gone in to making this place what it is. And most of the work comes from volunteers -- all in hopes of helping people learn about their past.

"We just owe a lot to those people that have put this together. We're just trying to maintain it and add to it and keep it going."

The Newton County Archives in Decatur, linking folks from this area from the present day to the past and reminding them about the rich history and diversity of the region