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.

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.

Scroll to the very bottom of this page to see the list of Genealogy books that are a part of Our Genealogy Group's Library. If you are a paid member, and would like to borrow one, contact Rosemary Fischer.

The Mechanics of Citations on May 4th

"The Mechanics of Citations" 
will be a workshop format, so please bring items that need citations. We will cover what information is needed to write a citation for you, 
or someone else to find the object. 

If you have a electronic device bring it. If no genealogy software on the device, download the free Roots Magic or other program and add a few names and bring the items you want sited for these names. 

This will NOT cover evaluation of the citations. Evaluation is a whole different class. This will be the basic mechanical aspects.

Come early and research, 
some of us will be there by 1p.m. when the library opens.

What did you miss from Sunday's Meeting? Check it out!

Vicki led a discussion of the Women of WWII. We had several great displays and a costume contest.
Angela, Selma, Brian, and Vicki
We won! 
I had Victory Curls in my hair and I had on a hat that Jane Mansfield wore late in the 1940s. 
Brian had on the Zoot Suit.

Woah! haha. 

Thanks for leading this class Vicki. 

Look at these displays! 
Baby clothes and a prom dress from the 1940s. Plus appropriate back ground music.

1940s family photographs and a ration book.

Draft Cards


Fascinating Love letters

Love letters from Jamie and Mable during WWII

Stay tuned for information on our next meeting. Selma will be discussing Citations! Remember, without citations, your work is just fiction.

Until then, check out the WWII Heritage Days history festival April 26th and 27th at Historical Airpower Facility,Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City from 9am until 4pm both days. Features historic aircraft, antique cars, vintage military vehicles, guest speakers, education displays, demonstrations by reenactors portraying Allied and Axis troops, and activities for school age kids. Highlights include an opening ceremony recognizing local WWII veterans and a 1940s hangar dance. Theme of the 2014 opening ceremony, Honoring the Women of the Greatest Generation, will pay tribute to women who served in the military and on the home front. Details: www.wwiidays.org
(from The Newnan Times Herald)

Women of WWII a Contest and Show and Tell!

April 6th meeting: 

Steering Committee member Vicki will discuss the various military and assistance groups at home and abroad, with some hints for research.

Put on some big band jazz and bop your way back to the 1940s! We will have a contest for best 1940's costume. Come dressed as a Soldier, ace pilot, in a zoot suit, as Rosie the Rivetoer, a Noir Detective, or a Pin up Girl! Be creative, and show us what you've got!

Google "1940s" then click "images" for ideas. 
We will also have Show and Tell! We want to see your favorite 1940 family picture or piece of memorabilia. Such as Steering Committee member Terri who would bring a cool set of pictures of her uncles who served in WWII or her father-in-law who served on a submarine. I think I have a picture of my grandmother dressed up for work. She helped build airplanes while the guys were at war! 

We can't wait to see you there!

March 8th Annual All Day Workshop for Beginners

Saturday March 8th 9am -4pm 

Genealogy Workshop for Beginners
It's free, but you must RSVP!
We will be unable to accommodate those who do not RSVP. 

The workshop will be held in our regular class room at Clayton State University.
Registration begins at 8:30am.

Dating Photographs using hats and hair by Angela
Using the Census by Selma and Vicki
Breaking Brick walls by Trish
Genealogy Databases at Clayton State University by Rosemary
Research in the Library

This year Jazzman's Cafe is open. Jazzman's Cafe-a great coffee shop in a great location. Jazzman's is located adjacent to the Library and offers a variety of coffees, coffee drinks, teas, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, soft drinks, water and pastries. Breakfast & lunch items will be available.

The first half of the day we will have speakers, and after lunch we will head to the University Library to utilize the FREE genealogy programs offered by the school. You will also learn which of these programs are available to use FREE at home via the University website. 

This will be a "hands on workshop", so bring your laptop or tablets, bring anything you need help with, bring your files and notes, and most importantly bring a friend. With your RSVP, please let us know what brick walls you are running up against in your research. We will assign someone to help you with your issue, and hopefully get it resolved by the end of the workshop. 

About a week before the workshop we will email to you all the handouts to be used during the day. 
Print them out and bring them in, or just use them on your laptop or tablet during the day. 

It's free, but you must RSVP!

Genealogy Organization Challenge!

Our next meeting will be on February 2nd. We will be discussing different ways to organize your genealogy information. To get us going, we are going to have a 

We challenge you to pick something from your genealogy stock pile, and get it organized. It might be your genealogy file cabinet, or the digital files on your computer, or the photograph album that is falling apart. It can be a big mess, or just one small file. Just pick one thing and organize it! We want to hear what you did, and how you did it at our next meeting. Take a before and after picture and send it in to ourgenealogygroup@gmail.com 
We welcome your submission even if you can't make it to the meeting. We want to see and share what you do. Don't want to do that? Print your pictures and bring them in, or make a display board to show your progress. Or bring in your file and show off your work! 
We all can benefit from each other's organization ideas. 

Here are some websites to get you started.
Tips for getting and keeping it organized
genealogy organizing video

There are many more! Just Google "genealogy organization". 
Or search "genealogy organization" on Pinterest.

Save the Date

Save the Date
February Organization Challenge posted soon
and don't forget the 
All Day Workshop March 8th

January 12th meeting GENEALOGY CRASH COURSE

Happy New Genealogy Year! A whole new year to do genealogy research!

Our Genealogy Group will start off 2014 with our meeting on January 12th from 3 to 5 with a 

"Genealogy Crash Course". 

We encourage you to bring your friends who may be interested in genealogy, but haven't known where to start. We would also like you to bring your questions!

We will have a short presentation on how to get started, how to use Family Group Sheets, and Pedigree Charts, Organization, citing sources and more. Then we will go around the room to see what questions you have, and the group can help you get over that hump. 
Remember, we can use Ancestry.com and Fold 3 
while we are at the library for FREE, so bring your laptops or tablets with you.

Get ready for our Annual All Day Workshop coming in March!