We meet at Clayton State University Library

We meet the first Sunday of every month (unless it is a holiday weekend - then the second Sunday)
at Clayton State University in the University Center room 265.
We start at 3pm and end around 5pm. Everyone age 16 or older is welcome, from beginners to experts.
See a University map at
Park in the "G" area and walk to the University Center "14" on the map.

ourgenealogygroup@gmail.com
Membership dues $25.00 per year. $35 for couples living in the same household.

We are on the lookout for new speakers, teachers and topics. If you would like to speak with our group, or introduce your group to ours, please send us an email request.

July 12 meeting "Basic Questions"

How to integrate Evernote, spreadsheet  
and genealogy 101

Three questions:
How do YOU use a spreadsheet?
How do YOU use Evernote?
How do YOU begin genealogy 101?

Basic questions to everyday genealogical research will be our topic for the July 12, 2015 Our Genealogy Group meeting. The program will be moderated by Selma Blackmon, Vicki Evans and Rosemary Fischer.

Come prepared to take active participation. Bring up to eight recent surnames, location, date and migration. My examples in a simple table are:

Surname

Location

Date

Migration

Researcher

COUCH

LaSalle Co, IL

1856-1917

CT, N.Y., IL

Selma Blackmon

SCHULER

Will Co., IL

1840 to present

Germany, OH, IL

Selma Blackmon

my DUNHAM line is more than three generations back, but I am actively researching them

DUNHAM

WI

1850-1930

N.J., N.Y., OH, WI

Selma Blackmon

or my DUNHAM and COUCH family in N.Y. would be listed as

DUNHAM

Oneida Co., N.Y.

1800-1860

R.I.

Selma Blackmon

COUCH

Oneida Co., N.Y.

1800-1860

CT

Selma Blackmon


We will make a group spreadsheet using your shared information. Everyone will have access to this data. Facts already provided by members will be in the database and ready for additions or corrections.

We plan to demonstrate how to use a spreadsheet, how to actively research using Evernote and how to begin the genealogy process. Plan to share how you use these programs.

Iconography in Fayette City Cemetery June 7th

Our next meeting will be June 7th at 3pm, and we will NOT meet at our usual classroom. Instead, it is time for a FIELD TRIP! We invite you to join us at the Fayette City Cemetery just a block or two from Fayette Square and Historic Courthouse.

Angela will be guiding you on a tour of the cemetery and pointing out the images from the tombstones and discussing their symbolic meanings and what stories they tell us about the people they memorialize. Fayette County was founded in 1821. The earliest birth date that I have found of the residents of the cemetery date back to 1764. There are residents from the Indian Wars, Civil War, and World Wars. The cemetery is still in use today.

We will park at the Fayette County Board of Education which is right next to the original entrance of the cemetery from its founding in 1823, and the start of our tour.  As with most cemeteries, this one has a lot of uneven terrain and very few paved walking areas. We will be stepping up and down and around family plots. Please wear appropriate shoes. 

An address you can google is 200 Stonewall Avenue W Fayetteville, GA 30214 . This will put you close enough to tell where to go and park.


Minnie May Turnipseed
1902-01907
** I found this old doll here while doing research for the tour. ...Creepy! **





May 3 Mini Workshop!!

Researching your Civil War Ancestors
a mini workshop on May 3 2015
2pm - 5pm

Please join us on May 3rd for our mini workshop. Civil War Family History, Resources and Fun Stuff!! For this year's mini we will have 3 speakers that will be showing us resources that can be used to find and learn about our ancestors who lived through and fought during the Civil War.
Rosemary will be speaking about The War of Rebellion Reference Series at the Clayton State University Library. She will show us how to use the series and will tell us the type of information that is found in the books.
Angela will be sharing some of the reference books that are located at the Fayette County Historical Society such as "Joe Brown's Census of 1864", the volumes of the Southern Historical Society Papers,  Volumes of the Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia and more.
We will have two additional speakers, one of our founding members, Terri Taylor-Hamrick and Clayton State University Professor, Randall Gooden.

  

Oral History April 12th



Easter comes early this year, so our next meeting will be on the 2nd Sunday of April. Our next meeting will be April 12th from 3 to 5 pm. We will be discussing Oral History interviews. Have you conducted an oral history review? Did you learn anything valuable, or surprising? What questions did you ask? Please join us April 12th to share your experiences with Oral History. 

4th Annual All Day Workshop!

StoryCorps: Beginner DNA: Organization: University Databases: Citations and more!
Invite your friends and please RSVP!

Please RSVP to ourgenealogygroup@gmail.com by Feb. 27th. The workshop will be held at Clayton State University in the University Center classrooms. Again this year, Jazzman's Cafe will be open for coffee, snacks, and lunch. Join us for some great topics with a focus toward beginners. All levels of genealogy enthusiasts are welcome and should find these sessions also helpful and informative. 

 There is construction going on at the campus. Use this map to follow the pink line to the parking lot closest to the University Center. Then follow the purple line to the building. We will have signs to help guide you. 

Check out this post from Selma!

Selma did a great review about our last meeting. We focused on African American research. We had three great speakers. They each told fascinating stories that they came across during their research. Check out Selma's post for a review. 

February 1st African American Research

Our Genealogy Group's February 1st meeting at 3pm

We are pleased to welcome Feechi Hall, Tamika Strong and James Hall  to discuss their research in their African American genealogy, their stories and family publications. Please join us in February!

Feechi Hall will show the research she and her family have done and the publication that resulted from that research. She will talk about some of the stumbling blocks and how they got past them.
 
Tamika Strong is a librarian and a member of other genealogy groups.  She will speak about her research and about general researching for African-American families and the challenges. 
 
James Hall came to be seeking advice on how to publish his research.  He has mounds of research and will be speaking about his research efforts and the challenges he is facing on publishing.
 
 
It is time to start registering for our Annual All Day Workshop on March 7th! It will take place from 8am until 4pm and it is FREE!!!!! We will have more information posted soon. Until then, if you would like to go ahead and register, please send us an email at ourgenealogygroup@gmail.com and let us know who you are and how many people will be coming with you. The workshop is geared for beginner and intermediate genealogists, but we welcome everyone and anyone who is interested. Please bring a friend. We only have space for about 100 people so make sure you register with us soon.