Georgia Archives celebrates Georgia Day Feb. 12

 Georgia copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Georgia Archives.  February 12 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Morrow, GA, February 5, 2016– The Georgia Archives will display Georgia’s recorded copy of the Declaration of Independence at the Archives building in Morrow on Friday, February 12, 2016, in honor of Georgia Day.  The document will be available for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Royal Charter that made Georgia a colony in 1733 will also be on display.  The annual Georgia Day celebration commemorates Georgia’s founding on February 12, 1733.

On January 18, 1777, the Continental Congress met in Baltimore, Maryland and ordered that copies of the Declaration of Independence be printed and sent to each of the 13 states.  The States were directed to make the Declaration a part of their official records. Georgia’s copy was officially entered into the records on March 2, 1777.

Today, the Declaration is protected with Georgia’s other “birth documents”: the Royal Charter that created the colony in 1733, and Georgia’s 1788 ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the document that made Georgia a state.  All are kept in a high security vault where a constant temperature and humidity are maintained to ensure their long-term survival.

The Georgia Archives has limited public viewing of its copy of the Declaration in order to mitigate the fading, deterioration and other damage caused by frequent exhibits.

The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and identifies, collects, manages, preserves, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people and assists state and local government agencies with their records management. This work is done within the framework of the USG’s mission to create a more highly educated Georgia.

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

Georgia Archives – 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia 30260 – 678-364-3710



Reminder: Georgia Archives Lunch & Learn, Friday Feb 12

Friday Feb. 12, 2016- Georgia Archives- Bring your lunch!!

The Friends of Georgia Archives & History present Lunch and Learn featuring Ashley Callahan speaking on Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion.  Bring a lunch to eat during the program.
Where: Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: For more information, call 678.364.3730

Athens- Indigo-A Saturated History Feb 26


Indigo: A Saturated History

Indigo’s history is laced with mystery and superstition, and its use has been dated back nearly 4,000 years.  Join us for a special program about the fraught story of indigo and its indelible impact on the coastal South, featuring Donna Hardy, founder of Sea Island Indigo, and Andrea Feeser, author of Red, White and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of South Carolina Life.  At the end of the program, join us for a special demonstration of the indigo dyeing process.

Multipurpose Room A, Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street. Athens, Georgia

Atlanta- Margaret Mitchell House- The Black Calhouns- Feb 26

Atlanta History Center- Margaret Mitchell House- Thursday February 25, 2016 – 7 pm
Gail Buckley– The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American FamilyGIG 51oI+P7xMVL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)
Margaret Mitchell House Lecture features Gail Buckley speaking on her book The Black Calhouns.  Beginning with her great-great-grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in postwar Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s two branches: one that stayed in the South and the other that settled in Brooklyn. Through the lens of her relatives’ momentous lives, Buckley examines major events throughout American history. From Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, from the two World Wars to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance and then the Civil Rights Movement, this ambitious, brilliant family witnessed and participated in the most crucial events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
 Admission is $10 for nonmembers. Reservations required. Click here to purchase tickets
Atlanta History Center’s Midtown Campus, 979 Crescent Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia
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Find My Past announces new U.S. Marriage Collection- 450 million records

Find My Past Announces U.S. Marriage Collection 1650-2010. Explore this new collection with Free Access until Feb 15th

Today at Rootstech 2016, announced the new online database with more than 450 million names- the majority of these records have never been digitized and made available online until today.

To read more about this collection and to explore click HERE



Decatur: Panel presentation on African American Research

Emory University. Woodruff Library- Level 10, Feb 8th -6:30 pm

“Reading the Silences: Finding African Americans in the Archives”

Emory University’s Archives Research Program will host a panel discussion on Monday, February 8 at 6:30 on level 10 of the Woodruff Library.

The panel will explore research into the lives African Americans. Researching an under- documented community can be frustrating; evidence is often found in unexpected places, and the researcher must learn to “read” documents and employ unique research strategies that can provide evidence into the lives of African Americans.Emory University’s Archives Research Program will host a panel discussion on Monday, February 8 at 6:30 on Level 10 of the Woodruff Library.

The panelists are:

  • Traci Drummond, Archivist, Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University
  • Andrea Jackson, Head of the Archives Research Center of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • Tamika Strong, Vice President, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Atlanta Metro Chapter
  • Sue Verhoef, Senior Archivist, Atlanta History Center

The Archives Research Program is a collaborative program of the Laney Graduate School, the Robert W. Woodruff Library, and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library. To learn more about the program – click HERE

Savannah- Georgia Day Parade- Feb 12

…thousands of students, local dignitaries, costumed characters, musicians, and a military color guard

Georgia History Festival’s Georgia Day Parade

As part of the annual commemoration of the founding of the Georgia colony of February 12, 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe, a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the colony’s founding, join us as students, musicians, local dignitaries, and costumed historical figures march through Savannah’s historic squares during this beloved annual event. Free and open to the public.
Where: Forsyth Park, Drayton Street and East Park Avenue, Savannah, Georgia
When: 10:30 a.m.


Athens- Read All About It: Using the Digital Library of Ga


Read All About It: Using the Digital Library of Georgia’s Historical Newspaper Archives

Tuesday, February 16, 2016- 6 pm

 Anyone doing family history research knows that newspapers contain all kinds of useful and interesting information: from obituaries to news stories, estate sales to social columns, the newspaper was how communities kept in touch. Excitingly, many of Georgia’s historic newspapers are available full-text searchable online for free. This class will explore how to use the Digital Library of Georgia’s online Historic Newspaper Archives in genealogical and historical research. This class will be presented by Donnie Summerlin, Digital Projects Archivist at the Digital Library of Georgia. Limited to 12 participants.
Where: Computer Training Room, Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street. Athens, Georgia
When: 6 p.m.
Contact: Click here to register.

Free webinar-FSGS-Puzzle Picture

Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chats
18 Feb 2016, 8-9:00 p.m. (EST)
Donna M. Moughty
Family History – From a Pile of Pieces to a Puzzle Picture

You’ve started your family history, but the pieces don’t seem to fit and the jigsaw puzzle isn’t revealing a picture as you’d hoped? Sometimes it’s just a matter of turning a piece in another direction or fitting it into a different place in the picture. This lecture will show you how take that pile of pieces that don’t seem to fit and turn them into a finished product. At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will understand how to evaluate information, analyze documents, create a source citation and develop a research plan. This lecture works for both the beginner as well as experienced genealogists.

Presenter: Donna Moughty , a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, and the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute – Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and served as chair of the Professional Management Conference from 2005 – 2008, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna researches in Ireland each year and takes a group to Ireland in October to research.