Unfortunately, there is no "secret source." When you've exhausted your obvious local sources, you might need to broaden your search.
I don't know anything about Louisville, GA. Surely there must be some community records dating to its formation in 1786. What records exists thus far? Whats your oldest fire company record?
Is (was) there a local newspaper? Is there a historical society or a library with an archive of such newspapers? What about searching nearby neighboring communities with museums, libraries, and newspaper archives. Surely fire company goings-on would have made the newspaper.
Is there a Georgia State Firefighters, (fire chief's?) association? Do they have any records, newsletters, or old roll books, or even state firemen's convention programs, that may or may not mention Louisville?
So I'm not sure what organization date you are looking for? Chances are that firefighting in Louisville has been an ongoing -- but perhaps non continuous - since the 1780s. If a community was large enough (and had the infrastructure) to be a state capital, it would have had the infrastructure needed to protect it' citizens against fire. Presumably this was though a bucket brigade? (but not necessarily an "organized" fire company). Chances are there were a host of fire companies formed and disbanded over the years as the population grew and shrunk -- are you trying to establish a date for YOUR department. If that's the case then work backwards. What's the oldest document, record, recollection, that you have and follow that thread backwards (again though searching through local and regional libraries and archives).
Hello all. I'm in the process of attempting to determine when our fire department formally became a volunteer department. I live in Louisville GA and I know that the town was incorporated in 1786... more
Valerie, When looking thru old newspapers: if you can't find any reference around the time you think it was organized, look for an anniversary celebration. 1 year, 10 years, 25 years, 50 years, etc.... more
It's ironic, because you are the source that many of would turn to for fire department histories. It's hit and miss, but newspapers can be a good resource. While working on my book about firefighter... more
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