Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012

Now Available: Slave Importation Affidavit Registers for Nine Georgia Counties, 1818 – 1847

I’m very pleased to announce the publication of an important resource for Georgia researchers. Slave Importation Affidavit Registers for Nine Georgia Counties, 1818 – 1847 contains abstracts of affidavits recorded in distinct volumes or sections of volumes for Camden County, Columbia County, Elbert County, Franklin County, Jackson County, Jasper County, Morgan County, Pulaski County, and Wilkes County.

The registers for Richmond County will be published in a future, stand-alone volume because of the large number of affidavits recorded there.

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November 22, 2012

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
–John of Salisbury, Metalogician, 1159 (via Wikipedia)

A sincere and heartfelt Thank you! to all those who have helped me during the past year, either through questions directly answered, or through your individual publications, message board posts, mailing list responses, lectures, seminars, classes, and discussion. I am fortunate enough to know many giants who readily lend their shoulders.

Many thanks also to those who have lent support in other ways, whether through purchases of books, requests for lectures or research, publishing articles, exchanging ephemera, or through friendship and kindness.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

November 16, 2012

Friend of Friends Friday: Three Oglethorpe Co., GA, Slave Importation Affidavits

While doing research for an upcoming book abstracting slave importation affidavit registers for several Georgia counties, I found the following loose affidavits, each found in Oglethorpe County, Georgia’s microfilmed loose papers.

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November 15, 2012

New Course at IGHR: The Five Civilized Tribes

In June 2013, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will have a new course, called “The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them.” I ran into the course coordinator Linda Woodward Geiger on my last trip to the Georgia Archives. During our conversation, Linda told me that she had been asked to put together this course, but I didn’t think it would be available so soon.

Lectures in this course will be taught by Linda and six other instructors, including Rachal Mills Lennon, author of Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, and Craig Roberts Scott, a well-known expert on military research and the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., just to name the two researchers whose work I am most familiar with. The other lecturers also have impressive backgrounds, but don’t take my word for it. Go look at the course page and see for yourself what wonderful offerings Linda has put together with such a diverse group of lecturers.

And be sure to reserve January 22, 2013 on your calendar. That’s the day registration for IGHR 2013 begins, and you don’t want to miss it, as this course is sure to fill quickly.

November 15, 2012

MawMaw’s Refrigerator Rolls

A few days ago, I mentioned my grandmother’s rolls, a treat she always made at Thanksgiving and Easter. I’m speaking of my maternal grandmother, Ruth (Anderson) Ledford. When I was young, my mother and grandmothers taught me to cook, and it turns out I had a knack for breads. I say “had” because I don’t have the time to keep my hand in, although I do enjoy it so, especially the finished product.

Thanksgiving meals in our family require these rolls. I’m pretty sure that everyone would forego the turkey before doing without the rolls. When my mother’s large, extended family gathers for the holiday, I am always asked to bring a batch or two. I sometimes think that’s as much from nostalgia as from the tastiness of the rolls.

This recipe is time-consuming, but otherwise easy. If you don’t have space in the refrigerator, a cold room will do, as long as the dough is loosely covered. A clean dish towel works well for that purpose. Be sure to make these in a bowl that’s big enough to handle the rising dough.

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November 14, 2012

Books Galore, Round 2

Our second trip to Elaine and Bill’s to pick up more books netted another filled car…and still there are books left! We estimate that this time there really will be only one more trip needed. This picture shows the number of books brought home from the two trips combined, somewhat sorted into stacks by locality and topic.

This batch held quite a few research guides, including some by authors Noel C. Stevenson and George K. Schweitzer, on topics ranging from Southeastern research to German research to researching military ancestors. I feel like I’ve hit the mother lode.

The Absorene came in a few days ago, so I’ve been cleaning books. Here’s what I’ve cleaned so far.

Yes, I have a ways to go. Any volunteers? No? Well, I had to try…

November 13, 2012

This Time Next Week

In spite of looming deadlines, this time next week I will be taking time off from genealogy to shop and prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll still be working. Lord knows, my laptop is a fifth appendage. But I’ll be cutting back so that I can clean, bake, and spend time with family.

The holidays are a Big Deal for us. Throughout most of the year we try to have family time at least once a month, but for some reason, we spend most of our time together as a family from about September to the following February or March. Part of that is the holidays, and part is due to basketball season. Some must be attributed to winter weather, when the nights fall early and a chill is in the air. This is when we all have the urge to gather ’round the card table for a competitive game of Canasta or two.

When we were little, Thanksgiving was divided between the homes of my two grandmothers. Mom always began preparing days ahead of time, either at our home or at her parents’ home in the Longview community of Macon County, just a few miles up the road. The children were always drafted into helping. We hauled and carried, chopped and washed, cleaned and swept. Ours were the menial tasks requiring little thought but much effort, so that the skilled hands of our mothers could continue apace.

When all the cooking was done, the counters were so full of pies, cakes, stuffing, my grandmother’s special rolls, and other goodies that there was no room for anything else when the feast began. And when everyone was too full to move, the children were called upon once again to expedite the massive clean-up.

My grandmothers are now gone, as is my mother. I imagine they’re sitting up in Heaven looking down on us, thankful that their good work is being carried on to another generation.

November 12, 2012

Speaking of Census Substitutes: Georgia’s Poor School and Academy Lists, with a Jackson County Roberts Example

A while back, I posted a comparison of the 1850 federal census’ free population schedule to the 1849 through 1851 tax records for the Roberts family of Jackson County, Georgia. While doing research in the poor school and academy lists for Jackson County, I found the following record naming two children of Shiner [China] Roberts who were school-aged in 1852.

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November 10, 2012

Georgia Probate Records, 1742 – 1975, Now Available Online at FamilySearch

I’m very pleased to announce that FamilySearch has added digital images of microfilmed probate records for Georgia counties, dating from 1742 to 1975. I did a quick look-see at a couple of the counties, and was pleased at the amount of available records.

A word of caution: not all probate records that have been microfilmed are available there. In Rabun County, for instance, there are several earlier volumes of probate records that have been microfilmed, but which aren’t online at FamilySearch. And, of course, there are most likely many probate records available at the county level or otherwise that have not been microfilmed at all. On the other hand, the available collection is significant, and should go far in helping researchers find information about their families.

To view the records, go to FamilySearch. From the main page, scroll down and under “Browse by Location” click on “United States.” On the left-hand side of the next page, click on “Georgia.” In the middle of that page, click on “Georgia, Probate Records, 1742 – 1975.” Finally, click on the link under “View Images in this Collection,” and then on the county of interest.

November 6, 2012

Books Galore

The past month has been very hectic here, and I apologize for not posting more often. Amongst other things, I’ve been working on two book-length transcriptions, both of which should be available by January.

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit a dear friend, Elaine English, and her husband. Elaine wanted to clear out her book cases, and I volunteered to assume custody of the books she has no need for. During our visit, we boxed up and carted off about half of the those books. Elaine and Bill acquired most of these from Allen’s Book Store, which was located here in Clayton, GA, but which went out of business in the ’80s, I believe. Mrs. Allen was herself a genealogist. I remember going into the bookstore and standing in awe before her personal collection of genealogy and local history publications, which ran the length of the wall behind the counter. Now, part of that collection has come into my hands.

There are about 200 pieces all together, bound in a variety of ways from three-ring binders and coil-bound pamphlets to paperbacks and hardbacks, as well as forty or fifty reels of microfilm. Localities covered include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Connecticut, New England, and Germany. Topics include census records, church records, newspapers, the Pennsylvania German Society, marriages, and no telling what else. Some of the books are quite fragile, but most are in excellent condition. We hope to pick up the other half of the books from Elaine this week or next, after which I should have a better idea of what’s what.

In the meantime, I’ve ordered some Absorene to clean some of the books, which have a little mildew and dirt from being in storage over the past few decades. Some of the books are cloth-covered, and I’ve been told that Absorene is not an appropriate cleaner for those particular books. If anyone has suggestions for the care of cloth-covered books, I would appreciate the help.

I will be keeping many of these books, particularly the ones covering Pennsylvania and New England, but may be looking for good homes for the remainder. We’ll see!