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Friends of Georgia Archives meeting focuses on World War I and Georgia

The annual meeting of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History will be held Sept. 23 at the Georgia Archives in Morrow.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the event’s theme is “Remembering the 100th anniversary of Georgia’s Involvement in World War I.” Scheduled to speak are Jamil Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council, on “Georgia Stories from the Great War,” and Lamar Veatch, who will give an update on the work of the Georgia World War I Commission, especially his activities to document all WWI memorial monuments throughout the state. The event is free to FOGAH members, and $5 to nonmembers.

After refreshments, the meeting will begin with a short business session, followed by the program. The Georgia World War I Commission website is worldwar1centennial.org. Click “participate” to select Georgia, or go directly to ww1cc.org/ga. The Friends website is FOGAH.org. There, you will find information about the organization, activities it sponsors, opportunities for membership and additional ways to support the organization.

Flat Rock Archives in DeKalb subject of Lunch and Learn

Johnny Waits will speak September 19 at noon at the DeKalb History Center, giving the Lunch and Learn lecture about “The Flat Rock Archives,” of which he is president and chief organizer. The archives, now in its 10th year, contains exhibits and historical documents related to the African-American community in DeKalb County. The event is free. Bring your own lunch. For more information, call 404-373-1088 extension 23 or dekalbhistory.org. For more on the Flat Rock Archives, located in Lithonia, see flatrockarchives.com or call 770-797-5625.

Dan Crumpton, surveyor and author, dies

Daniel N. Crumpton, of Warrenton, well-known for his many books on Georgia’s land grants and plats, died July 28, leaving a rich legacy of reference works that will be valuable to genealogists and historians forever. The website crumptonplats.com provides access to many records, especially for those associated with various land grants such as chain bearers. The site also lists his books, both in and out-of-print, for Burke, Jefferson, Richmond, Warren and Wilkes counties in Georgia. If you have put off buying these, now is the time to purchase. His staff informed me that his last book, “Franklin County, Georgia, Land Records” will be published by early 2018. They also plan to maintain his website and add to it. Crumpton’s passing is a great loss to Georgia and hopefully libraries will obtain his books for their Georgia collections to make them available for future generations.

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