Researching Your Georgia Ancestors

Ramble through the blogs: Legacy Family Tree News blogs about Georgia research and resources. Good list of resources.

Legacy News -Family Tree- February 24, 2016

Georgia Genealogy Resources

A well versed genealogist told me that when you lose an ancestor in south central Virginia in the 1830’s look in Georgia. Losing an ancestor took me from the basement of the Halifax County, Virginia court house to the genealogy records of Georgia.

Look in Georgia?

The discovery of Georgia gold in 1829 led to the Georgia Gold Rush and an influx of people seeking their fortunes. Almost every surname in Halifax County, Virginia in the 1830’s can be found in Georgia. As it turns out, I was following the ancestor who was following the gold. Without learning the history of the time and the area, looking for my ancestors in Georgia would not have occurred to me. (Tip: Know the historical and economic events that would have impacted your ancestors.)

Now I needed to learn about the Georgia Genealogy resources……


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Freedman’s Bureau Project- Get Involved

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project is helping African Americans reconnect with the Civil War-era ancestors. Join this project and help restore thousands of records.

Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. And for the first time in U.S. history, the names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations.

Discover Your Roots Using Freedmen’s Bureau Records

The Project:

To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.

Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.

Every name brings us closer to completing this project. The progress meter shows what percentage of the records we’ve indexed so far. But there’s still more work to do. See how you can get involved today to help millions discover their roots.

Presently, the Project is 45% complete- Volunteer Now




Coweta Libraries- Dr. D.L. Henderson- 27 Feb.

Genealogy: Explore your roots at Coweta libraries

The Newnan Time- Herald

5 Feb. 2016

Coweta Public Library System’s Central Library branch is hosting three genealogically inspired programs this month in celebration of African-American History Month.

They focus on historical storytelling, slave genealogical research, and church histories.

The first will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Genealogist Janice Sikes-Rogers will present “Creative Expressions: African American Memories.” Sikes-Rogers, who is also an historian and poet, will share family history research, storytelling, and poetry from her book “Southern by Nature.”

The second program is “Explore Your Roots: Evaluating Genealogical Evidence of Enslaved Ancestors,” on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This seminar will be presented by Dr. D. L. Anderson, cemetery historian and genealogist, and past president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. She has been recognized by the Atlanta City Council for her contribution to the preservation and interpretation of African American history and culture, and is currently working on a book, “Dignity in Death: A Story of Atlanta’s South-View Cemetery.” Dr. D.L. Anderson will lead participants through a case study in order to introduce them to strategies for genealogical research on enslaved ancestors.

The third program will be held on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. It is titled “Hallowed Grounds: Preserving Your Church History” and will teach participants basic principles of setting up and maintaining church archives.

Call the Central Library at 770-683-2052 to register for any of these programs.

CPLS programs are always free and open to the public.

Symposium: Reconstruction & The Promise of Freedom- 27 Feb

Register/Save the Date:  27 February – 9 am – 4:30 pm

The National Archives at Atlanta presents:

The Enduring Chronicle: Reconstruction and the Promise of Freedom


This program is presented in partnership with Metro Atlanta Chapter of AAHGS

Speakers include

Kahlil G. Chism – Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Dr. Ehren Foley- South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Dr. Edna Greene Medford- Chair, Department of History- Howard University

Dr. Jelani Favors- History Professor- Clayton State University

Joel Walker- Education Specialist- National Archives at Atlanta

William Durant- Indexer Freedmen’s Bureau Indexing Project

In addition -performances by:

Lovejoy High School Choral Ensemble

Historical Characters protrayed by AAHGS youth

There will be displays of Family History Research by Genealogists


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Georgia Archives-Feb. 13-Free- All day workshop

Black History Month Program- Georgia Archives –

Saturday 13 February 2016 – 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m

Visit the Georgia Archives and enjoy the presentations of these exciting speakers:

Dr. D.L. Henderson -Dignity in Death: South-View Cemetery Association

Louis Childers- William & Mary the Untold Story Revealed in William Zeigler Estate Records

Dr. Curtis Grave- Person History in America’s Peculiar Institution: An Intimate Exploration of Enslavement in New Orleans’ Plantation Country- sponsored by FOGAH

Elyse Hill- African American Genealogical Research: Breaking Through the 1870’s Brick Wall

Kayla Barrett – Resources for African- American Research at the Georgia Archives

Pizza will be available at lunch for a donation.

Event sponsored by Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society- Atlanta Chapter, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Friends of the Georgia Archives & History (FOGAH), The Georgia Archives

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New book- Melvin Collier documents legacy

On January 31st, former Atlanta resident and AAHGS member, Melvin Collier, announced the release of his new book, “Ealy Family Heritage, Documenting Our Legacy.” The book is now available for purchase.GIG_Collier_THUMBNAIL_IMAGE

In addition to documenting the Ealy family’s history back to the 1700’s, the book combines the process of genealogy research with story-telling. Collier discloses how he researched the enslaved ancestors, while still telling the stories of their lives and their descendants’ lives during slavery and afterwards. This book can serve as a template on how to research, organize and write a family history book.

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