Reminder: When Descendants Become Ancestors – 2 April Carrollton

Carroll County Genealogical Society Spring Workshop

April 2 1016  – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Carroll County Veterans Building -1790 Stripling Chapel Rd – Carrollton, Ga.

When Descendants Become Ancestors: The Flip Side of Genealogy

Dr. David Kendell, author, professional counselor and retired professor, will present a program based on his book with the concept of looking forward to what we can provide for our descendants, rather than backward to what we did not get from our ancestors.


Check -in 8:30 -9:00. No charge for this workshop.  Pre-registration ( name address, phone number or email address) is encouraged. Send to or call Bill Maddox at 770-832-6442 prior to April 1.  It is recommended to read the book prior to the workshop, if possible. A copy is available in the Special Collections area of the Neva Lomason Library in Carrollton or can be ordered from Amazon.

An Excerpt from When Descendants Become Ancestors:

“Congratulations-you’re going to be an ancestor (someday). You cannot escape it. Nor can I. Nor can anyone else. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your beliefs about an afterlife, but each body ultimately ceases to exist. We all know that. From the moment of birth, each of us begins a journey that must ultimately conclude with our entrance into ancestry. As we research our own ancestors and mourn the lack of information available to us, we forget that we are the future ancestors of our descendants. And if we don’t leave to them the kinds of information about our lives that we crave to know about our own forefathers, then we are merely perpetuating the problem” How often have you regretted your failure to engage the elder generations of your family for information about their lives and memories? How many times have you wanted just one more hour with a deceased relative who could answer that one burning question that you suddenly thought about, and that no one else can answer? Perhaps you remember a time when an older acquaintance wanted to share with you some stories about “the good old days” but you couldn’t be bothered. Most of us have had regrets like these, as will our descendants-unless we seek to record and preserve some stories for their use. Whether our stories are short and simple or long and complex matters not, but these stories will become part of their heritage and can certainly influence their lives. Though our contributions may not be recognized for decades, our lives matter to future generations and our stories should be told. The rest is up to each of us.


NGS to Live Stream Ten Lectures


National Genealogical Society to Live Stream Ten Lectures during its 2016 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 9 MARCH 2016 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will live stream ten lectures from its 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4-7 May 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Details of the live streaming program can be found on the NGS Conference website. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming broadcasts.

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks.

  • Track One: Viewers will be able to screen five lectures on “Land Records and Maps” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 5 May 2016. The lectures will cover deed books and private land claims, how to utilize mapping apps, Google Earth, and GPS to enrich your research, and maps and gazetteers for English and Welsh research.
  • Track Two: Five “Methods for Success” lectures will be live streaming from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 6 May 2016. They will address methodology techniques for use with historical context and DNA, as well as problem solving using a combination of resources.

Registration for live streaming will close at midnight 22 April 2016 and is discounted for NGS members. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Syllabus.


Track Selection

Included Formats

Member Price

Non-Member Price

Track Descriptions

Track One orTrack Two Live Streaming with three months access to  Track One or Two  






Land Records and Maps. Five lectures onThursday, 5 May 2016, or

Methods for Success. Five lectures on Friday, 6 May 2016.

Bundled Package Track One and Track Two Live Streaming with three months access to both tracks $115.00 $145.00 Land Records and Maps. Five lectures onThursday, 5 May 2016, and

Methods for Success. Five lectures on Friday, 6 May 2016.

NGS has selected PlayBackNow to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants before 30 April 2016.

Tracks One and Two are among the 25 tracks and 180 lectures that will be open to those who attend the four-day conference in person. Conference attendees may also benefit from purchasing the NGS live streaming package by registering for either track or the bundled package, which they will be able to view after they return home. By selecting different presentations while attending the conference, they can expand their overall conference experience. They will have ninety days following the conference to view and repeat the live streaming sessions (through 7 August 2016).

Reminder: The conference discounted Early Bird registration will close on 31 March 2016.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Cobb Switzer Library- 6 April- 7-8 pm

The topic for April  is disaster plans in case of fire or water damage to your papers. Join the staff of the Georgia Room on the first Wednesday each month to discover how the Georgia Room’s resources  and staff can help you in tracking down family history facts. Light refreshments will be served. Website:, click on events and select the first listing for Switzer Library for more details.

Milton- DNA- Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. -5 April

5 April 2016- Milton Branch Public Library- 855 Mayfield Road,  Alpharetta, GA-

 6PM-7:30Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., noted genealogist and columnist for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution’s Living Section, will explain the tools to find links to your ancestors using DNA in his program “DNA: Finding Cousins thru Chromosomes.” For more information e-mail or call 404-613-4445.

Ptree City-Southern Crescent Storytellers Meeting- 1 April

Southern Crescent Storytellers meeting- Starbucks near Stein Mart on Hwy 54, Peachtree City, GA

1pm-2:30pmFriends and supporters of storytelling are invited to attend. Please mark your calendar to attend the class of telling personal stories taught by Betty English.  We expect a large number of guests for this event so will be taking reservations for the room There is no charge for the class, but donations to the organization are welcomed. Email if you are planning to attend

McDonough-GSHCC- Genealogy Class- 23 March

A Genealogy Class

– Beginning Genealogy – Amanda Beck

-Documenting Your Family History – Dorothy Tuck

Wednesday, March 23, 2016- 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Brown House- 71 Macon St. McDonough, Ga. 30253

Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties – genealsoc(AT)



Sunshine Week and access to public information

There is no topic of more importance to genealogists:

15 MARCH 2016

It’s Sunshine Week — Is the Sun Shining Brightly on an “Open Government” near you?

Sunshine Week is “the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.”

As genealogists and family historians access to public records and “freedom of information” are critical to our success in documenting the lives of interest to us. Since many of the records that interest us are created by government entities, open government is invaluable.

Unfortunately, open access is often sought, as it should be, about malfeasance by those responsible for managing programs or providing services.  One can also use open access though to learn about more mundane.

And, threats to records access continue.  In the most recent IAJGS Public Records Access Alert – (US) Sunshine Week and the Right to Know – Worldwide, Jan Meisels Allen shares…

… This is a good time to look what is happening with the “right to be forgotten” and the tension between the USFreedom of Speech and the European Union’s right to privacy—which is being emulated in other countries.  How will the US First Amendment fare with the new requirements being imposed on information technology?

Whether it is the myriad of court cases and EU rulings against Google and Facebook, the impending EU Data Privacy Regulations or the newly proposed Privacy Shield replacing the Safe Harbor regarding data flow from Europe to theUnited States, the “right to know” is being challenged …

A reminder that access to information is not a given and that access we have now may disappear in the future, which is reinforced by “Sunshine Week: Session included attempts to roll back access” as recently reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA.)

Rejoice in the public information and records that you do have access to and also help ensure that such access continues into the future.


Editor’s Note: Related posts– National Freedom of Information Coalition (2012) & Should photographing public records be FREE? (2014) & NARA Open Government Plan (2014)


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Morrow-Micheal Ports to speak at Lunch & Learn, 8 April,

Morrow, GA, March 16, 2016– Michael Ports will speak at the Georgia Archives on Friday, April 8, 2016. The free program, part of the Lunch and Learn series, starts at 12:00 p.m.

In his presentation, Mr. Ports will provide basic background information on the population of free persons of color in Georgia and the state laws governing their registration, guardianship, and manumission.

An 1818 statute of the Georgia legislature required all free persons of color to register with the inferior court of their county of residence. According to the statute, county clerks were required to record each freed man or woman by name, age, place of birth, residence, year of arrival in Georgia, and occupation. Specific examples, from most of the 22 counties with surviving registers, illustrate the wide variety of information recorded by the various court clerks.  And finally, Sylvia, a free woman of color, is followed from manumission, through the extant registers, court minutes, and probate records of Jefferson County.

Please join us and learn about these records, which contain vital identifying information for African American Georgians long before the Civil War or the watershed 1870 U.S. Census.

Reservations are not required to attend. Bring your lunch!!

For more information, please contact Jill Sweetapple at 678.364.3731 or email at

Galileo for Genealogists- Clarke County Library

CLASS: GALILEO for Genealogists

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:00pm
2nd Floor Computer Training Lab

This class will explore the wonderful resources available to Georgia genealogists for FREE via GALILEO, an online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or web directories. Some of the databases we will cover include Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3, HeritageQuest, the Sanborn maps, and others.

Participants are strongly encouraged to have taken the Heritage Room’s Getting Started with Genealogy class–or another comparable introductory genealogy course–prior to attending. Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.