Morrow-Micheal Ports to speak at Lunch & Learn, 8 April,

Morrow, GA, March 16, 2016– Michael Ports will speak at the Georgia Archives on Friday, April 8, 2016. The free program, part of the Lunch and Learn series, starts at 12:00 p.m.

In his presentation, Mr. Ports will provide basic background information on the population of free persons of color in Georgia and the state laws governing their registration, guardianship, and manumission.

An 1818 statute of the Georgia legislature required all free persons of color to register with the inferior court of their county of residence. According to the statute, county clerks were required to record each freed man or woman by name, age, place of birth, residence, year of arrival in Georgia, and occupation. Specific examples, from most of the 22 counties with surviving registers, illustrate the wide variety of information recorded by the various court clerks.  And finally, Sylvia, a free woman of color, is followed from manumission, through the extant registers, court minutes, and probate records of Jefferson County.

Please join us and learn about these records, which contain vital identifying information for African American Georgians long before the Civil War or the watershed 1870 U.S. Census.

Reservations are not required to attend. Bring your lunch!!

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

Galileo for Genealogists- Clarke County Library

CLASS: GALILEO for Genealogists

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:00pm
2nd Floor Computer Training Lab

This class will explore the wonderful resources available to Georgia genealogists for FREE via GALILEO, an online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or web directories. Some of the databases we will cover include Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3, HeritageQuest, the Sanborn maps, and others.

Participants are strongly encouraged to have taken the Heritage Room’s Getting Started with Genealogy class–or another comparable introductory genealogy course–prior to attending. Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

OGG- Clayton State- Meeting- 3 April- Genealogy Do-over!

3 April 2016 Our Genealogy Group meeting will be held at Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia. We meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

We are involved in the Genealogy Do-Over. This is month 4. The topic will be Tracking Research and Conducting Research. We will have a panel discussion. This will be your time to ask questions. The panel will include people who help others in finding their family. It may be teaching, hereditary society or individual research. Our standards are the same as the professionals.

We all want to research smarter, not longer. So we are asking the experts for suggestions. How do you track research ie spreadsheet on paper or computer or software or other? How do you start a plan to research for someone else? How do you end research for someone else and should we be analyzing and writing up a narrative? What information and in what format do you expect the information such as timeline, connections to each generation, type of documentation or other? The actual “how to” use a spreadsheet and other topics are included in the webinars on our members only page. Analyzing will be covered in month 6.

The goal of the Do-Over is to complete each step once and not to repeat the same process at a later date. As more material becomes available, it can easily be integrated. Also, how can we pick up the work and quickly continue where we left off again without repeating work?

Thomas MacEntee’s book and/or Facebook have great ideas from others, we would like to hear your suggestions.

Hope to see you April 3rd,

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GSCC- Meeting- 22 March- Marietta

 Genealogical Society of Cobb County, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA

7 pm – Speaker: Jennifer Patterson Dondero  Topic: “Evernote for Everything Else.” She demonstrates how participants can give themselves an edge by creating a genealogy toolbox that goes beyond research results.  Evernote can help researchers keep and find “everything else.”  For more information:  Genealogical Society of Cobb County  email : Genealogical Society of Cobb County