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Archives and Genealogy Day coming up in September

The Georgia Archives will host its seventh annual Archives and Genealogy Day on September 28.

The free event is at the Georgia Archives, at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow, and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Georgia Archives and History. Lunch will be available for a donation.

There will be two tracks. Track one, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is “Beginning Basics of Genealogy,” taught by Laura W. Carter, former head of the Genealogy Room at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library. She will cover methodology, sources, the importance of documenting your finds, and evaluating information to be sure you are on the right track. The last hour covers filling in ancestral charts and family group sheets. Registration is required. Go to http://bit.ly/OctGenReg2019.

Track two, from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., consists of four sessions. Susan Sloan, professional genealogist, will speak on “No Will? Now What?” It focuses on proving a lineage when no will exists. In Session 2, Hendry Miller, collections manager at the Georgia Archives, will discuss “Migration in Early Georgia: Patterns and Population.” In Session 3, Joanne Smalley, a professional genealogist and retired archivist, will discuss “Georgia Land Lottery Records.” She will cover Georgia’s unique system of land distribution in the eight land lotteries from 1805-1833. In Session 4, Georgia Archives Reference Archivist Tamika Strong will speak on “Demystifying FamilySearch.org: Uncovering its Gems.” She’ll unravel the various levels of this important site, which has records from every state, county and nation. For more, go to GeorgiaArchives.org, or call 678-364-3710.

National Archives temporary closure in September

The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, will close for two weeks, starting September 16, for renovations.When it reopens September 30, it will have new hours — 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., but the same services. For more information, see archives.gov/atlanta.

Leila Ross Wilburn books on Agnes Scott website

Leila Ross Wilburn (1885-1967)was a noted local architect for six decades, best known for selling house plans via her nine books published from 1914-1960. Eight of these are digitized at Agnes Scott (http://libguides.agnesscott.edu/speccoll/wilburn). She’s also featured in the book “Southern Homes and Plan Books: The Architectural Legacy of Leila Ross Wilburn” by Sarah Boykin and Susan Hunter (UGA Press, 2018).

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Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P. O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or gagensociety.org.