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The Marion County Genealogical Society has periodically published a newsletter/journal almost from its inception. The first publication was called Past Times. A highlight of Past Times is the number of original historical documents from Marion County that have been scanned and published. The MCGS currently has scanned copies of Past Times from October 1990 to September 1998. These issues are being added to our archives on a continual basis. The collection is incomplete as some issues are missing. If they can be located, they will be scanned and added to our online archive.

The name of the newsletter was changed to The Rootdigger in late 1998. Our online collection begins with Vol. 1, No. 3 and continues to the present day. Some issues are missing because they couldn't be found. Other gaps occured during times when publication was temporarily suspended. The Rootdigger is published quarterly. It contains notes of interest to the members of MCGS, and articles relating to Marion County genealogy and to genealogy topics in general.

We offer particular thanks to the Alachua County Public Library for allowing us to scan and publish the issues they have in their archives. Thanks also go to Joel Swanson, Roger Goddard and Matt Reilly for making the trips to Gainesville and publishing the documents to our website. If any of our early members have copies of any of the missing issues in your personal library that you would allow us to scan and publish, please contact Joel Swanson at

Click below to see our collection of issues of Past Times and the Rootdigger. You can print your own copies, or save the electronic versions to your own computer. Special thanks to founding president and lifetime member, Arnold Davis, who painstakingly created a surname index of the entire collection. Click the link at the bottom of the page, then press Ctrl + F (Windows) or Cmd + F (Mac) and enter the surname you're looking for.

NOTE: You will need Adobe Reader to view these images. It can be downloaded for free at

Please be aware that contact information for the Marion County Genealogical Society may be obsolete in older editions of our publications. Please use the Contact Us page on our website for the most up-to-date contact info.

You can contact the editor or submit an article to be considered for publication at

Rootdigger Surname Index                     Newsletter Archives

We have suspended the publication
 of our newsletter due to the absence of an editor.

The position of Rootdigger Editor is currently open. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, or have any questions about the job description, please contact any board member, or send an email to Joel Swanson at