Genealogy: Black family history symposium Feb. 26

The annual celebration of Black History Month is always a good time for those of African-American heritage to begin researching their ancestry, if they have not done so already.

On Feb. 26, the National Archives at Atlanta in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor "Continuing the Journey of Generations," a black family history symposium and luncheon. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow.

New this year are sessions on African-American family history research and activities for young people. The keynote address will be given by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael N. Henderson, the first African-American from Georgia to receive membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR).  The event is free although registration is required. See www.blackfamilyhistoryday.com for more details and to register.

The metro Atlanta chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its next meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave, Atlanta. The guest speaker will be Morehouse College professor Larry H. Spruill, and his presentation topic will be "Ancestral Beginnings, Diasporas, and Genealogy."

The group welcomes visitors and will help anyone get started. Its address is AAHGS, P.O. Box 54131, Atlanta, GA 30308. The website can be found by going to the parent website, www.aahgs.org, and going to "local chapters" and then the map. You may contact the group via e-mail at aahgsatlanta@gmail.com.

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Spring workshop in Columbus

The Georgia Genealogical Society will hold its spring workshop on March 5 in Columbus. Claire Bettag, a nationally known genealogist, will be the speaker. Her main subject will be "Locating the Keys to Untapped Treasures Found at the National Archives in Morrow, Ga." She also will address government documents as untapped genealogical treasures and bounty land records.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus. The co-sponsors will be the Columbus Public Library and the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries. The cost will be $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Lunch will not be provided, but there are several restaurants in the area. Registration must be postmarked by Feb. 28 or made using the GGS PayPal account at www.gagensociety.org. For further information, contact Karen Molohon, 770-421-1522 (evenings), or programs@gagensociety.org. The GGS website contains more details about the program and the speaker.

Atlanta research guide

A new "Atlanta City Guide" offering information on how to use Atlanta research sources can be found in the March 2011 Family Tree Magazine. This four-page insert was written by Sunny Morton with the input of several local researchers. This quick look at Atlanta's history and research facilities will help anyone get started, whether they come to the city in person or start via the Internet. One fact omitted is that DeKalb County deeds are lost before 1842 -- something one must consider in any Atlanta research effort. The issue is available at local bookstores or at www.familytreemagazine.com. This issue also includes a research guide to Boston.

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