The staff of the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System will gladly assist you with any genealogy or local history questions that you might have.  
In preparation for contacting our libraries, please consider exploring these recommended websites:

For Crisp County, Georgia:

For Dooly County, Georgia:
Dooly County Cemeteries Master Index

For Schley County, Georgia:

For Sumter County, Georgia: OR

GALILEO’s South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive** at

**COVERAGE: This database includes searchable full text of the Americus Times-Recorder, 1881-1921 and the Sumter Republican (Americus), 1870-1885. ACCESS: Georgia residents, please contact your local library for the GALILEO password which is changed quarterly. PINES library card holders should first login to their PINES patron account at for password-free access.


In order to determine if your question falls within the scope of the library's resources, you should make initial contact with the library staff at the library serving the area about which you have an interest, by visiting the library, by telephone, by email ( for Crisp County, and for Dooly, Schley, and Sumter Counties), or by regular mail.  
If after that initial contact, you and the library staff determine that your questions might be answered through further research by the library staff, you will be asked to send the following to that library:

    ---A document clearly stating your questions, along with all of the relevant information (i.e. names, birth dates, death dates, marriage dates, city names, county names, etc.)

    ---A stamped, self-addressed envelope

    ---A check for $10.00 to cover the cost of the $10.00 research fee, which also covers the first 5 copies.  Checks should be made out to the library you are contacting.

    ---The maximum number of copies you are willing to pay for at $1.00 per copy after the first five.

Our headquarters library, Lake Blackshear Regional Library in Americus, and the Cordele-Crisp Carnegie Library in Cordele both offer the option to email scanned articles from local newspapers on microfilm to researchers preferring electronic copies and providing email addresses.

Please be aware that while all of our counties have local history sections in one or more of their libraries, some of the libraries in our system are small.  The staff at those smaller libraries may refer you to another library in our system.

Below is a list of the counties served by our library system and the libraries in those counties:

 CRISP COUNTY (Includes the cities of Cordele and Arabi):


115 East 11th Avenue

PO Box 310

Cordele, GA  31010-0310

229 276-1300

Monday and Wednesday 10:00AM-6:00PM

Tuesday and Thursday 10:00AM-8:00PM

Friday and Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM

DOOLY COUNTY (Includes the cities of Byromville, Dooling, Lilly, Pinehurst, Unadilla and Vienna) :


1200 East Union Street

Vienna, GA  31092

229 268-4687

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9:00AM-6:00PM

Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM


312 Harman Street, P.O. Box 930

Unadilla, GA  31091

478 627-9303

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30AM-6:00PM

Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM

Saturday 9:00AM-12:00PM


452 Main Street, P.O. Box 6

Byromville, GA  31007

478 433-5100

Tuesday and Thursday 4:00PM-7:00PM

SCHLEY COUNTY (includes the city of Ellaville):


54 South Broad Street

P.O. Box 365

Ellaville, GA  31806

229 937-2004

Monday 10:00AM-4:30PM

Tuesday and Thursday 10:00AM-6:30PM

Friday 10:00AM-4:30PM

Saturday 10:00AM-2:00PM

SUMTER COUNTY (includes the cities of Americus, Andersonville, Leslie, DeSoto and Plains.:


307 East Lamar Street

Americus, GA  31709

229 924-8091

Monday & Wednesday 10:00AM-6:00PM

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00AM-8:00PM

Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM

Lake Blackshear Regional Library System
Business Manager Position
The Business Manager is responsible for the overall management of the library system's financial and human resource operations.  This position reports directly to the Library Director.  Responsibilities include full financial accounting and reporting with knowledge of governmental fund accounting and knowledge of human resource management.  This position will also be responsible for the following:  Maintain personnel records, organize and prepare materials for board meetings, arrange meetings, attend board meetings and answer financial questions, prepare annual budget and any adjustments necessary, prepare request for support to funding agencies, prepare requested information for annual audit, maintain and file E-Rate paperwork, maintain fixed assets/inventory for the library system and all other duties required for financial and human resource operations for the library.  This is a full time position with state benefits.
Salary:  Dependent on Experience
Qualifications:  Bachelors degree in accounting or related field, or 4 years bookkeeping/accounting experience, preferably in governmental fund accounting.  Must have computer skills, including high proficiency with Excel worksheets and other Microsoft Office programs, strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, ability to maintain accounting records in compliance with state mandated rules and regulations and must respect confidentiality of personnel and other office matters.  Knowledge of Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting software a plus.  Background check/drug screening is required.
To be considered for an interview, applicant must submit the following three documents:
    Lake Blackshear Regional Library System Application
    Cover Letter
    Resume including three professional references.
Lake Blackshear Regional Library applications are available HERE and at all libraries in our library system.  Submit complete package to:  Linda Erkhart, Lake Blackshear Regional Library System, 307 East Lamar Street, Americus, GA  31709 or email to .
Application deadline is Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:00pm.




The Lake Blackshear Regional Library (Americus) holds a subscription to BookPage, courtesy of the Sumter County Friends of the Public Library, and keeps current copies at the front desk. These are free to the public. Click here to go to the online BookPage.

Our Mission

The Lake Blackshear Regional Library System's mission is to provide organized access to information through various formats and meet educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of the citizens of Crisp, Dooly, Schley and Sumter Counties, and to improve efficiency in operations.

The Sumter County Library Board meets at 6:00 PM on the first Tuesday of January, April, July and October at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library.

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