Column-Genealogy: How to hire a professional researcher

Focus on Georgia columnists:

 Selma Blackmon’s column- Metro Examiner– 5 Jan 2016

Genealogy: How to hire a professional researcher

Look at the photograph, look again. Dunham who? After years of attempting to identify this small bit of family information, it is time to hire a professional. This article will explain what to look for when hiring a professional family researcher. Answer a few questions.

What is your specific goal? My answers are relate to this article’s photograph. Identify the people in the photograph. What is the relationship between Jane A. and Lindsey W. Dunham? What is the small notebook? What is the relationship between the people in the photographs and Jane or Lindsey? In my example, the lady from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been identified as “Aunt Sara Dunham.” The couple are identified only as “Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Dunaham [next line] Grandma Couchs mother and father.” Research completed reveals Jane Dunham as Grandma Couch. The small notebook dated 1844 is a ledger for purchases, payments and tailoring. My current specific goal is to identify Jane A. Dunham’s father, the man in the photograph….

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Georgia has a chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Georgia Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists

Georgia’s most popular baby name ever is…

Lauren Colley – The Atlanta-Journal Constitution– 8 January 2016

Baby names fall in and out of favor, gaining and losing popularity with historical and cultural events. But one name in particular has stood the test of time in Georgia.

According to data from the Social Security Administration, “William” is the most consistently popular baby name overall in Georgia.

In 1960 (earliest data available), William was ranked No. 4, and since then has never been ranked lower than No. 7. The name was No. 1 for the first time in 1998, and has remained the most popular boy name ever since.

William hit peak popularity in Georgia in 2011. In that year, the number of William births was 828.

« A look at the faces who have Georgia’s most popular baby names »

Nationally, the name is just as popular. It is the fifth most popular name in the past 100 years and has remained in the top 10 since 2006.  It reached peak popularity in 2011.

Click here to discover more trends in popular Georgia baby names.

Georgia’s most popular baby name ever is….

Lauren Colley




Genealogy Study Group- Tucker-Jan.11 2016


Monday,  January 11, 2016

10:15 a.m.

 Northlake Library –3772 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084

The Genealogy Study Group meets monthly in Tucker. This active group has been meeting for more than twenty years.

In January, experienced researcher and former Georgia Archives employee, Joanne Smalley will present a Virtual Tour through the Georgia Archives.

 The presentation will include information about:

The Archives book collection -which includes a large number of out of state books, primarily, neighboring states and states that were on the migration route to Georgia.

Reference computers and databases

The Microfilm Library

The Original Documents Reading Area (ODRA)

The Archives General Name File

The Surname Folders collection

and more!

If you are researching in Georgia, this presentation will  help you learn what is available at the Georgia Archives and how to use it.

Your first visit to the Genealogy Study Group is free. Member dues are  $15.00 per year.