Southern Historical Press

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You may find a great deal for a book on your wish list –

Here’s a couple of the bargains listed:

Georgia Salzburger and Allied Families – $65.00  marked down to $32.50

Huguenot Emigration to America (2 volumes in 1) $75.00 marked down t0 $45.00

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Board for Certification of Genealogists announcement

For Immediate Release, Board for Certification of Genealogists

18 January 2016
BCG today released a 2016 edition of the BCG Application Guide. The new guide implements two changes for initial applicants approved by the board last May. Two clarifications address common problems in new portfolios.
The most significant change will see applicants evaluated on their genealogically related educational activities. Initial applicants have long been asked to describe the activities that helped them prepare for certification but only now will this information be evaluated. The new practice is meant to stress the importance of development activities as these have been statistically shown to increase an applicant’s chances of attaining certification.
The second change limits the size of new applications to 150 pages. The new limit more realistically portrays the amount of material an applicant will need to prepare than did the two-pound limit it replaces. A related change limits Requirement 7, the kinship-determination project, to three generations. Applicants were previously allowed to submit additional generations if they wished, but extra generations are invariably more than judges need for evaluation purposes.
One of two clarifications addresses Requirement 5, the research report prepared for another person. Applicants submit many types of projects for this requirement, including genealogies, biographical narratives, case studies, and lineage-society applications. However, the application guide specifically requests a research report, not other types of commissioned projects. The 2016 guide makes this point clear.
The new guide also clarifies the request for a research question that is part of BCG’s two document work assignments, Requirements 3 and 4. Many applicants submit broad multipart questions that are too poorly framed to meet genealogical standards and that impede their ability to show evidence-evaluation and research-planning skills. The new application guide specifies that a “single” question be supplied.
BCG today also released a revised set of new-application rubrics. Several rubrics have been reworked to more clearly reflect evaluation criteria. Like the application guide’s clarification affecting the document work, two of those changes clarify the importance of Standard 10 and the need for research to address focused questions.
None of the changes affect renewal portfolios.
The new guide and rubrics can be downloaded from BCG’s website. The guide is available at <>. The rubrics are available at <>.

No more burials at Rest Haven- Alpharetta

Actual Factual Georgia: No more burials at Rest Haven

Andy Johnston for the AJC – 18 January 2016


Q: No one seems to know who owns the burial plots in the cemetery in downtown Alpharetta. I want to know if I can buy one. Who has the plot list of owners and are there any plots available for sale?

—Steve Beecham, Milton

A: There appears to be room for additional graves in Alpharetta’s historic Rest Haven Cemetery, but no plots are for sale.

Simply put, city officials and historians don’t know where all of the bodies are buried.

The cemetery dates to the 1860s, the Alpharetta Historical Society’s Connie Mashburn said, and many records have been lost or destroyed through the years.

Other graves are unmarked, which means any digging could disturb someone’s final resting place.

“Plots are not available for purchase for a number of reasons, most important of which, being that we cannot say for certain that our burial records are exhaustive and we would not want to re-sell an occupied plot,” city clerk Coty Thigpen said.

Prominent citizen Arthur Camp originally donated land for the cemetery more than 150 years ago. The city was incorporated in 1858 in what was then-Milton County.

Through the years, other land owners contributed property to the Rest Haven, which increased its size, Mashburn said.

The city, which owns and maintains Rest Haven, knows of at least 1,400 people who are buried there, but he said there’s a part of the cemetery where “there are no grave markers.”

Rest Haven, which is sometimes spelled Resthaven (“I’ve used it both ways,” Mashburn said.) takes a starring role in the city’s annual “Restless in Resthaven” tours, a guided event every fall.

Former citizens played by costumed actors stroll downtown and “rise from their gravesites” to talk about Alpharetta’s history.

Those buried in Rest Haven include: Teasley Upshaw, a former mayor; B-17 pilot Isham Oliver Teasley, who was killed over Italy in World War II; Civil War veteran James M. Dodd, who owned the Dodd Hotel (which was about a block from the cemetery); Mary Camp Manning, who along with her brother sold the land that became Alpharetta; Dr. Oliver P. Skelton, who helped save Milton County records during the Civil War by carrying them to Elberton; Nannie Hayes Teasley, Alpharetta’s first postmistress; and businessman Quilley Wills, who sold the land to Fulton County that became Wills Park.

“The cemetery is a who’s who of early Alpharetta,” Mashburn said. “It’s a history lesson just to walk through it.”

Free & Mocavo news

Free weekend at Mocavo and Findmypast merge websites- Why should Georgia researchers find that interesting? announced a free weekend for this weekend which is underway. The free weekend will expire at 7:00 am (EST) Monday morning. Findmypast has the largest collections of Irish records, British Parish records, British newspapers and a plethora of US records.

Findmypast acquired Mocavo about a year and a half ago and it was announced on January 18th that Mocavo and Findmypast will merge the two web sites.This may be good news for researchers. The transition is underway and is expected to be completed within a few months.

Findmypast has over a billion records of interest to genealogists and the company claims 18 million registered users across its family of online sites which, in addition to, include Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive and others. has proven to be a great research tool providing a search engine that only indexes genealogy  web sites and the site provides very clear digital images of many genealogy databases for free.

Findmypast has committed to keep Mocavo’s “free forever” promise and subscribers will continue to get free access to the same records that were previously published for free on Mocavo.

In addition to the search engine, Mocavo provides access to lots of databases of interest to Georgia researchers:

Georgia school yearbooks and alumni publications.

For example, The Medical College of Georgia’s alumni publications, Brenau College publications, Georgia Southern yearbooks, Georgia Teachers College yearbooks, North Georgia College yearbooks plus yearbooks, bulletins, and publications of many other Georgia schools.

Military histories, periodicals, and magazines.

For example, some issues from the 1940’s of The Bayonet, Fort Benning’s base newspaper.

Local histories, family histories, and biographies. 

For example,  The Tragedy of Andersonville: Trial of Captain Henry Wirz, the Prison Keeper or Robert Toombs, Statesman, Speaker, Soldier, Sage: His Career in Congress

Some newspapers

For example, Southeast News, Southeast Convention, Congregational Christian Churches, December 1957.


For example:

History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, From the earliest Period by Albert James Pickett, 1851

and lots more !

For example:

Reports of Cases in Law and Equity, Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Georgia, At Atlanta (Parts of July Term, 1873, and of January Term)

Here is the announcement from’s site:

Mocavo and Findmypast are coming together

18 Jan 2016

We wanted you to be the first to know that in the coming months Mocavo will be coming together with its sister site, Findmypast. This will create a single experience for our US customers in a move that aims to deliver a morefocused, efficient and comprehensive service to US family historians.

Our Story

We launched back in March 2011 when, only three months old, Family Tree Magazine named us as one of the best 101 genealogy websites of 2011. In 2012 we released The Free Yearbook collection and since then we’ve continue to publishhundreds of records and archives every day. We’d like to thank you, our customer, for being there with us as we’ve continued to grow.

We are now in the process of moving all Mocavo site content to Findmypast so you’ll soon be able to enjoy everything currently available on Mocavo and more. As part of our ‘Free Forever’ promise, Mocavo subscribers will continue to enjoy free access to all of the same records that were previously published for free on Mocavo. We will be transferring your account over to Findmypast soon so stay tuned for updates.

What’s next?

You don’t need to do anything just now. Before we bring the two sites together, we’ll be in touch with specific information about your account and some how-to guides that will help make the most of the new experience.

You will be invited to take advantage of an equivalent subscription package on Findmypast soon, where you can be assured that your payments will remain unchanged for your current subscription.

How does this move affect you?

  • You’ll still benefit from the same great content you’ve been enjoying on Mocavo and this will all be available on Findmypast soon. In addition, you’ll be able to take advantage of hundreds of millions of new and exclusive US records to further enhance the experience for US family historians.
  • Findmypast has more British and Irish records than anyone else and is adding new records from the US and other locales every single week, so you’ll be able to take advantage of these to help your family history search. You’ll be able to explore nearly 8 billion names now andhundreds of millions of new names coming this year alone!
  • You can easily import your family tree and we’ll start tohint against names that we find in the archives to help you discover more about your family and even find relatives you never knew existed.

About Findmypast

Currently the home to billions of names, including the largest collections of Irish records and British Parish records,military records and the British Newspaper Archive, not to mention the 1939 Register. It currently has a plethora ofUS records and will soon be home to all the Mocavo records once the two sites come together.

Findmypast has a free and easy to use family tree builder and it releases new records every week to keep your family history search alive.



Historical society looks back and forward-Dawson County

Staff reports- 20 January 2016

Historical society looks back and forward

At the January meeting of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society members reviewed the major achievements of the past year and made some decisions concerning the future.

Officers filling major positions remain the same: Peggy Hulsey, president and secretary; Pat Floyd, vice president and Faye Bruce, secretary.

New for 2016 are Colby Hunter joining Betty Love as newsletter editor; Hunter and Judy Harris joining Mildred Gaddis on the society’s board of directors.

Highlighting major events was the publication of the much-anticipated official history, with a reception and book signing, sponsored by the board of commissioners.

Hulsey reported that more than 300 copies of “DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA: A HISTORY” have been sold; members voted to authorize publishing up to 500 additional copies as needed.
Other books published by the society are still available, although in limited numbers.


All the books can be purchased through the society office in the historic old courthouse on the square by writing to P.O. Box 1074, Dawsonville, or by calling (706) 265-3985, and leaving a message.

Your call will be returned to fill your order by mail or by making an appointment to meet at the society’s office. The books are also available for purchase at the Dawson County Library.

The recently published history books are also on sale at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce office. The price is $38, with $5 additional if the book is to be mailed.

Society members expressed concern about the current state of a number of old cemeteries, especially small, private, non-church-connected ones, and the need to have them restored and preserved. The possibility of working on that project was discussed.

Residents interested in activities of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society are invited to attend the quarterly meetings scheduled for 5 p.m. the third Tuesdays in April, July, October and January at the Dawson County Library.


S.C. roots, Irish Parish registers, Jewish genealogy

Focus on Georgia columnists:

South Carolina roots should be considered

Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. – for the AJC– Saturday, 9 January 2016

When dealing with Southern research, genealogists always should consider that some of their ancestors might have come from South Carolina.

Many of our ancestors may have immigrated directly to South Carolina and started their American journey there. Others may have just passed through the colony/state on their way westward. I have ancestors in both categories.

Brent H. Holcomb is the editor and publisher of the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, in its 44th volume this year. With four issues of the journal per year, he has covered a lot of South Carolina genealogy resources.

While the last issue of each year contains an index for that year, Holcomb also has published comprehensive decadelong indexes for earlier decades. Anyone with any South Carolina research questions should check for an individual name, but also for sources, since he includes various record groups, such as the current running of federal equity cases covering South Carolina, and extracts from the Christian Neighbor religious newspaper, among others.

Each issue includes book reviews and queries from subscribers. Placing a query in such a well-known publication is a great way to let others know for whom you are looking.

Holcomb also has published hundreds of books on South Carolina sources, so look for his name in any genealogy library collection.

A subscription to SCMAR is normally $35 a year, but he is offering a one-time-only subscription price of $30 to new subscribers through Feb. 10. It would be a good way to treat yourself to a new genealogy resource. Write SCMAR, P.O. Box 21766, Columbia, SC 29221. His website is

Irish parish registers

More than 1,000 Irish parish registers have been placed online, free, by the National Library of Ireland at, but there is no countrywide index as yet. Check out the site to see how it works and what you can find. You can read the microfilm of a parish register directly on your computer, but you have to figure out the parish first.

Jewish genealogy

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia is worth knowing about and joining. Check to see what they offer in meetings and research materials, with lots of links online to Jewish research sources elsewhere. Membership also links you to the Breman Museum.

Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or