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Genealogy researchers take note: Barrow County subject of new book

In her latest publication, Faye Stone Poss has abstracted material from more than 43 Georgia newspapers in a dozen cities in order to find the juicy nuggets about the town of Jug Tavern.

In “Jug Tavern & Environs (Now Winder & Barrow County, Georgia), Newspaper Clippings, 1835-1893,” Poss researches the area that was renamed Winder in 1893 and the surrounding area that would become Barrow County. Barrow County was carved from Gwinnett, Jackson and Walton counties in 1914. Poss arranged the clippings in chronological order to create a unique publication.

Most folks just abstract from one or two newspapers covering a certain community and time frame. By scavenging information published all over the state, Poss has found some information that might have been lost forever. While a lot of the book is genealogical in nature, a greater portion is the social history of the area. The book mostly details the post-1870 era, when the newspapers carried more information about people and their activities. These latter sections are very readable. The publication is a great model for others to emulate, and it’s a wonderful resource for people with roots in this area or those studying the era.

Publication costs were covered by an R.J. Taylor Jr. Foundation grant and distributed to more than 40 genealogy library collections. There is an all-name index, including communities and churches. This book is available for $35 postpaid from Faye Stone Poss, 2767 Centerville Rosebud Road, Snellville, Ga., 30039-5517.

Her other volumes on Clarke, Hancock, Jackson, Jefferson and Wilkes counties, plus one on Winder newspapers from 1893-1915, are still available. See fayestoneposs.tripod.com or fayeposs@aol.com.

DNA subject of Lunch and Learn on November 8.

Larry W. Thomas, professional genealogist, will speak on “DNA in Your Genealogy: Research for Beginners” at the Georgia Archives’ Lunch and Learn lecture on November 8. The event is at noon and is free, but you should bring your own lunch. Thomas will cover the basics of DNA testing and why it’s an important element to your genealogy research, He’ll help attendees develop a DNA testing plan. He is past president of the Cobb Genealogical Society. For more information, see GeorgiaArchives.org or call 678-364-3710.

Always check the library catalog

Many genealogists are browsers, checking the library shelves. But, if you fail to check the library catalog, you may miss important source books stored elsewhere as “low use” due to overcrowded shelves.

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

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