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.

Park in the "G" area and walk to the University Center "12" on the map. Go to the entrance on the East Side. Once inside, look for our classroom across from the entrance to the Library.



March 4th Meeting: African American Genealogy research

It is almost time for our next meeting. We will have a new member leading the group. We will have a brief vote on the next few class topics AND I made our group some business cards! They look really nice. There are plenty so that we can all take a bunch of them and hand them out when we are talking to people we think would like to join us.
Our next Genealogy Meeting will be March 4th. Our class will be on African-American Genealogy. A new member, Shirlen Baldwin will be leading the discussion. Below are her notes on what we will be hearing about. I look forward to seeing you all on the 4th. Bring a friend or two!
 1.I will start with how to gather your information,talk to people, look for clues {pictures, obituaries,church records,etc..}, starting up your Pedigree chart, Family sheet.

2. What's the difference between regular Genealogy & African-American Genealogy- Regular Genealogy {You can find the records a little faster } "VS" African- American Genealogy- You have to look at { Probate records,Deeds,Freedman's Bureau Records, Apprenticeship & Orphans Records, Tax records, Chancery Court Records,Plantation Records*if you're lucky to find some*, The 1850 &1860 Federal Mortality Census, The 1850- 1860 Slave Schedules (they list the Slave Owners name & how many Slaves that person had and the ages of the Slave (No Names of the Slave), Rental Transactions AKA "Rent a Slave" , And other Slave Owners could have been Indians.
3. The Value of knowing History:I tell people know your history in order to know what you're looking for.
Example:Emancipation Time Line: begin in 1777 Vermont- Ended in June 19,1865 (Texas). What happen in between the 1st date & the last date? What States Prohibited Slavery, Know about the Military Wars (Black fought in wars) Buffalo Soldiers (Indian Wars), Philippine Insurrection (1898), Spanish American War(1899-1901), Mexican Border Disputes (1905-1907), & World War I (1917-1918) Check the Draft Records.
4. And my mistakes. Looking up the wrong family, jumping to conclusions, skipping generations, ect..
One of our members were featured in the Clayton News Daily. Check out the article.
Special photo
Morrow High School senior, Ashley Storey (left), receives a certificate, recognizing her as the winner of the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award, from Rosemary Pinson, the chapter’s Good Citizen chairperson.

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