We meet at Clayton State University Library

We meet every other month starting in February, 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.



Let's Organize!

So, you've had that family reunion BBQ over the Memorial Day Weekend and you've gathered some more genealogy information. Now it is time to ORGANIZE!!

There are several different methods of genealogical organization. Some people use the BINDER methods, some people do everything digitally, some people use what I call "PILES". You know what I mean. They have Grandma's "pile" over here and Granddad's "pile" over there. I use a mixture of the pile method and the COLOR CODED method

Our next meeting is going to be on June 4th at 3pm and I am going to go in depth about the color coded method and how to set it up for those who are interested. We would also like to hear from YOU! If you have a different method that works great for organization. How do you keep it together? 

If you want to get a head start on the color coded method, there are a lot of blogs about how to go about doing it. The best one I've found is this one from Berry Ewell  and this one here. 

Our meeting in August will be about Native American genealogy research! See you June 4th!

Non-Population Census Schedules

April 2nd at 3pm!

We are going to talk about the Non-Population Census Schedules. 
What the heck are those?

Well you got the, State Census, Local Census, Agricultural Census, the Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census, the Slave Census, the Mortality Census, the Paupers Census.... & more
This class will be lead by our member Vicki Evans

Here's a helpful link to get you started. 

February 5th Forms!

                                             FORMS – FORMS – FORMS 

Let’s start 2017 out on the right foot . . . or the right form! Time to take a new look at the basic forms and how they can help your research and tracking as well as exploring some forms that might be new to some of us. We will have copies of the basic forms and a few new ones as well. If you have created a form that works for you – bring it and share! There are no right or wrong forms – just variations that make them more workable for each situation!

We will talk about best practices regarding each form: how to complete each; what to do with completed forms; how the forms relate to the software programs you may be using.

We will also take a bit of time to talk about the new Google Scanning App! Yay! Now you don't have to worry if you forgot to bring your big honking scanner to Auntie Grace's house next time your over there and she takes out your Great Great Grandfather's baby picture from under the bed. 

See you all on February 5th at 3:00pm! 

Please take the time to join us on Facebook if you are not already there.( Our Genealogy Group ) As this year, we are only going to be only meeting every other month, we are going to continue our discussions on Facebook. We hope to give you all some "homework" and then we can all have a lively discussion between February and March on the internet until we meet again on April 2nd. 

One year of the Genealogy Do-Over!

Our last meeting for 2016 will be on December 4th. It is also the last meeting for our 2016 study of the Genealogy Do-Over by Thomas MacEntee. Have you played along? I've tried to, but I got kind of stuck around month 3! I might have to "start over" again in 2017. 

Our meeting in December will be about Sharing Research and Securing Research Data. Let's talk about sharing online, making sure you are credited, and tracking your work. Finally, lets discuss backing up that data, estate planning, and posting online!

Then, lets get to the good stuff:
We want you to bring something to share with us! What have you learned this year? What have you found or found out about? 

Bring Holiday Snacks to Share!

Social Media and Genealogy meeting on November 6th

Sorry for the late post everyone, but our next meeting will be tomorrow, November 6th at 3pm!
We are nearing the end our our year of the Genealogy Do-Over. Month 11 is for "Reviewing Social Media Options". I think Thomas MacEntee said it best when he wrote "you really can't succeed with your genealogy research these days without some use of social media". 

We are going to discuss the uses and benefits of social media and genealogy tomorrow.  Some social media sites we may discuss are Facebook groups, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or simply  using hashtags to do some of your research is helpful as well. Our meeting will be led by Vicki. 

Hey! Don't forget to fall back!!

Month 10 Genealogy Do-Over: Reviewing DNA

Our next meeting will be on October 2nd at 3pm. If you are keeping up with the Do-Over you know we are on month 10 so it is time to "Review DNA Testing Options!"
Our speakers will be Richard Reams and Anne Bennett. Both are members of the Steering Committee from Our  Genealogy Group. 

There isn't much I can write here to prepare you for the class, as I know nothing about the subject. So I invite you to come visit us on October 2nd. Bring a friend!