Genealogy seminar goes beyond the basics

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

Taking your research to the next level is the theme of an all-day Georgia Genealogical Society seminar by George G. Morgan set for Oct. 4.

Morgan is a nationally known lecturer and the author of many genealogy books. His topics will be: alternate records you may never have considered, five reasons records aren’t in the courthouse (and where to look), developing an ancestor profile, and planning a successful cemetery research trip.

The seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall of Unity Baptist Church, 311 Smokey Road, Newnan.

Cost is $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, payable to the Georgia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 550247, Atlanta, GA 30355-2747. Registration must be postmarked by Sept. 26; PayPal deadline is Oct. 1 via, where you can find more about the speaker and his publications. For further information, contact Laura Carter at or 706-369-9420 before Oct. 3.

Annual meeting

The Friends of Georgia Archives and History’s annual meeting will be held Sept. 27 at the Georgia Archives. Registration is at 9 a.m., business meeting at 9:30, brunch at 10, and a performance by Bobby Horton from 11 a.m. until noon.

Horton, who will perform songs of the Civil War, has produced and performed music scores for 16 PBS films by Ken Burns, including the acclaimed “Civil War” series, as well as films for the National Park Service. His authentic period music has been honored by many historical organizations.

Admission is free for FOGAH members; $20 for nonmembers, which includes FOGAH membership. For reservations, call 678-364-3732 or email See for information.

Archives and library changes

It’s always good to keep up with changes at local research facilities.

Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center has new rules in place. Researchers can no longer take their own notebooks into the reading and research area. They also expect some new microfilm reader/printer machines this fall. The center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.

The Georgia Room at the Cobb County Central Library in Marietta (now called the Switzer Library) has new Sunday hours through May: 1-5 p.m.