Newly renovated Dalton library reopens

Dalton’s public library reopened December 15th and received good reviews from patrons.

The renovation includes a new open space in the middle of the main floor where patrons can sit or the library can host events.  Plus, a new teen library was added and a teen librarian.   The teen area includes been bag chairs and a large screen for video games.

Computer facilities also are getting an upgrade, but everything is not in place yet.  The basement of the library now includes a huge room where the Friends of the library can display books for the monthly book sale.

The main focus of the renovation is an enlarged space for classrooms the library uses for its workforce development program. The stated mission of the library is to get technology into the hands of Georgia citizens.

The renovation is the first in three phases. Plans for the second and third phase include a Georgia History Collection and material to help local residents with genealogical research.

For more information about the reopening:

Newly renovated Dalton library gets good reviews from patrons

Steve Johnson,, Dalton, Ga.  December 15, 2015



Things I remember- B.G. McElwee, Sr.

The Polk County Historical Society recently hosted a book signing by B.G. McElwee, Sr.

McElwee signed his latest book “Things I Remember” which is his autobiography.

The author is a native of Cedartown and a member of the Cedartown High School Class of 1955. He is the owner of Woodlands, Inc., a historical restoration company. He also served as the superintendent during restoration of Barnsley Gardens.  In addition, he restored the 1902 Stock Exchange Building in Adairsville, Georgia creating a dinner theatre facility in the Stock Exchange building.  He is co-founder of “The Institute for Northwest Georgia History” and Director of the Rome Area History Museum.

The new book will be available at the Polk County Historical Society Museum during the holiday season.

In addition to his biography, McElwee has written and published a number of other books, including the following:

Floyd County, Georgia, (Images of America),a Pictorial History

Cherokee County, Alabama, ( Images of America), a Pictorial History

The event was a fundraising event for the Polk County Historical Society located at 205 S. College St. Cedartown, Ga.

You can read more about the event here:

Book Signing held at Polk County Historical Museum

The Polk County Standard Journal, Cedartown, Georgia







Statesboro-Bulloch County Library- New Genealogy Librarian and programs

Meet and greet for new genealogy librarian is, Statesboro, Georgia

The Friends of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Library held a meet and greet on December 5th to introduce, Lillian L. Wingate, the library’s new genealogy librarian.

Wingate plans to coordinate an number of genealogy related programs at the library. Also, Wingate accepts appointments to help research a family’s history.  Contact information is within the linked article.

“Genealogy for Beginners” a workhop taught by Kim Anderson will meet monthly for four months beginning Monday January 11 at 12:30 p.m. The program will provide the basic skills a budding genealogist needs to being research.

Additional programs will be announced throughout 2016.


2016 Education Series- Cobb Genealogical Society

Free Genealogical Education Series -Register now!

2016 Genealogy Society of Cobb County Education Series: 

Genealogy 101

When: Saturdays – Jan 23 & 30, February 6, 13, 20, & 27

Time: 9:30 am- 12:30 pm

(Onsite registration begins at 9:00 am on January 23)

Where: First Presbyterian Church , 189 Church Street, Marietta, Ga.

Courses include:  Census Records, Vital Records, Newspapers & City Directories, Cemeteries, Military Records, Land & Tax Records, Colonial Records, Mapping & Migration, Libraries Repositories & Preparation.

Instructors include: Dianne Barfield, Pam Downs, Joanne & Chris Schleier, Bea Coker, Larry Thomas, and Karen Molohan.

Learn the ins & outs of Georgia research methodology from some of the best researchers in Georgia for free!

More information and registration forms:  Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia- Genealogy 101

registration required.

The Genealogical Society of Cobb County is the 2015 recipient of the Georgia Genealogical Society Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Genealogy.

Georgia first lady Sandra Deal authors book about Georgia governor’s mansion

“Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion” by Sandra Deal and co-authored by Jennifer Dickey and Catherine Lewis is available for a unique Christmas gift.

Memories of the Mansion: The Story of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion

Hardcover first editions, including editions signed by the authors, are available at

The 226-page book depicts the history of the 30-room, Greek revival-style home built in 1967 as told through stories and experiences of the first families who lived there.

The authors worked closely with the Busbee, Carter, Maddox, Harris, Miller, Barnes and Perdue families to include their memories and behind -the- scene photos of life in the Governor’s mansion. Recent photographs are from local photographer, Christopher Oquendo.

In the last week, Mrs. Deal has autographed copies of the book at The Georgia Archives and in her hometown of Gainesville at the Northeast Georgia History Museum.




Augusta Chronicle- Series of Articles on Federal Census

Sunday, December 13, 2015 – Augusta Chronicle- Augusta, Georgia

Federal Census is the Key to Genealogy Search

The Augusta Chronicle introduces a series of articles by The Augusta Genealogical Society about the U.S. Federal Census starting with the 1940 census.

“Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.”

Read the article here:

Federal Census is key to genealogy search

The Society accepts queries: Send an e-mail with “Ancestor Search” in the subject line to AugustaGenSociety(AT) Queries should be limited to 50 words and include your name and contact information.