Archive for January, 2013

January 16, 2013

Possible Relatives of James R. Roberts, Jackson Co., GA

A while back, I compared select tax records against U. S. federal census records for male adult Roberts living in Jackson County, Georgia. The research described in that post is part of my research into the natal family of James R. Roberts, my great-great-great grandfather, whose ancestry is a brick wall I’ve been trying to knock down for years.

Below is an outline of what I’ve gathered to date, so that other Roberts researchers can see how I think part of James’ family might fit together. I want to emphasize that my research is not complete, and much of what follows cannot be considered as proof or even evidence; in other words, this is the direction in which the records accumulated thus far seem to be leading. Please bear that in mind while reading this post.

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January 15, 2013

The Nice Thing about Living in a Small Community

We were having lunch today at a local restaurant* when a gentleman came over and introduced himself. He’d read the newspaper book and wanted to let me know that he was a genealogist with local roots (in Union Co., GA) and would be willing to share resources and so forth. I promised to return the favor. Chances are good that we’ll either have family connections or common research problems or both.

See? Good things do happen in small places.

* At the Valley Café in Dillard. It’s my son’s favorite restaurant. Plus, my cousin Sonny (son of Thad J. Watson, Jr.) works there so we’re helping support my adorable cousins.

January 15, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Kittie McConnell Berrong and Infant, Towns Co., GA

Kittie McConnell Berrong and her unnamed infant were buried in Osborn Cemetery, Towns County, Georgia. Osborn Cemetery is attached to McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, but physically located away from the church.

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January 13, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Some interesting blog posts and news from around the genealogy world.

Jay Fonkert writes about Katharyn Fawkner and the Fountain of Youth. Poor Kate forgot how to count her years as she grew older. Of course, I don’t know a single woman who would ever fib about her age…

If you weren’t “doing genealogy” before the Internet, then you can get a good taste of what it was like through two posts from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings: Genealogy Searching Then and Now – Part 1: Then (Pre-1999) and Genealogy Searching Then and Now – Part 2: Now (2013). If you’ve only ever researched your family on the Internet, then Randy’s post is especially pertinent, particularly his reminder that comparatively few records have been digitized and placed online.

At UpFront with NGS, Diane L. Richard poses the question, Do We Still Need Libraries? I agree with Diane. What do you think?

Elizabeth Shown Mills has a new QuickLesson online: QuickLesson 15: Plagiarism–Five “Copywrongs” of Historical Writing.

Happy hunting!

January 12, 2013

“New Negroes Imported” in Chatham Co., GA, 1798

I found the following while searching for slave importation records. I could not find any bound volumes of slave importation affidavits, but I did find this at the tail end of the 1798 tax digest for Chatham County. While no “Negroes” were actually named, the record itself could be important to researchers.

The microfilm of Chatham County’s 1798 tax digest is located at Drawer 43, Box 78 at the Georgia Archives. The original is presumably located at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, GA, as part of the Telfair Collection. The tax digest, minus the following, may be viewed online through Georgia’s Virtual Vault.

The list is prefaced by the title “New Negroes imported in Chatham County to the 2d October 1798. Tax at 15 [Dollars] per head.”

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January 11, 2013

Picking and Choosing

Today, I began the long process of deciding which societies I will renew memberships in, which ones I may need to join, and what periodicals I need to subscribe to for the coming year.

This is always a difficult decision for me. If I had my druthers, I’d join every society on my long list and subscribe to every periodical. Alas, finances almost never allow for that circumstance. So I must pick and choose based on whether or not I can participate in society functions, what benefits the society offers (and whether or not I can take advantage of them), and how well I like the society’s publications.

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January 10, 2013

Skill Building with the BCG

When people complain about the high cost of genealogy education, I give them a puzzled look. Some of my favorite educational resources are freely available to anyone with an Internet connection, and most of the others are fairly low-cost.

One resource I use frequently is the Board for Certification of Genealogists web site. Amongst other things, it contains a section of articles reproduced online that were published in past issues of their newsletter, OnBoard, and written by certified genealogists. Some of the articles are clearly geared toward professional researchers, but most are skill builders that anyone can use. Topics covered include using and analyzing specific records, transcribing, note taking, genealogical writing, constructing proof arguments, and source citations.

There are nearly three dozen articles online at the moment. Even researchers who have no intention of becoming certified should find something of use there.

January 9, 2013

Rally at the Capitol for the Georgia Archives, 14 January 2013

There will be a rally at the state capitol in Atlanta in support of the Georgia Archives on 14 January 2013, which coincides with the first day of the this year’s session of the Georgia General Assembly. The rally will be held on the Washington Street entrance to the capitol from 1 – 3 p.m. Only hand held signs are allowed. Georgia Genealogical Society is the rally’s sponsor.

Whether you can attend or not, please take the time to contact your local representative to the state legislature in support of the Archives. As Vivian Price wrote recently at Georgia Archives Matters, public pressure can make a big difference and can help keep this important repository of the state’s history and historical documents open.

January 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: T. W. and Mattie Gibson, Towns Co., GA

This marker for the burial places of T. W. and Mattie Gibson is found in Osborn Cemetery, Towns County, Georgia. The cemetery is attached to McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, but physically located away from the church.

T. W.
Sept. 5, 1860
Jan. 12, 1922

Aug. 20, 1860
Oct. 12, 1963

Under each name is the inscription “Resting in hope of a glorious resurrection.”

January 7, 2013

Upcoming Events with the Georgia Genealogical Society

The Georgia Genealogical Society has three upcoming events of interest to area researchers.

On Monday, 21 January at 8 p.m. EST, Monica Hopkins will present “Evernote for Genealogists” via webinar. Monica is a past editor of the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly and an author of the GGSQ‘s regular column, Technology Talk. If you’re having a problem organizing your genealogy, Monica is sure to help you out.

On Monday, 18 February at 8 p.m. EST, Laura Carter will present “FamilySearch Wiki”, also a webinar. The FamilySearch Wikis are a useful way for researchers to share information about researching in a particular location or using various records.

The GGS March Seminar will be held on Saturday, 2 March, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deborah A. Abbott, PhD., will be discussing “Genealogical Methods: The Basics and Beyond” in four parts: Using and Analyzing the U. S. Federal Censuses; Going Beyond the Basics: Vital Records & Related Sources; Using Libraries and Archives; and Voices from the Past: Using Manuscripts. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. There are two registration deadlines: 20 February for mail-ins, and 26 February for online registrations.

To register for Monica’s presentation or the March Seminar, see GGS Events.