Making family history come alive

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

Making your family history come alive is the theme of the Georgia Genealogical Society’s all-day seminar to be held March 7 in Homerville.

The five speakers will focus on how to enhance your family history. Anne Wallace and Adra Mayfield will speak on “Telling Those Family Stories Orally and Making Them Come Alive,” Betty S. English will discuss “Exploring Your Family History by Bringing Back Old Fashioned Storytelling,” and Nona Thornton will talk about “Genealogy Creations: Ways to Use and Share Your Genealogy Research.” Susan Sloan’s lecture will be on “Adding the Details: Researching Your Family Story,” focusing on how to be sure the facts are correct.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Huxford Genealogical Society and will be held at the Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library at the Homerville Municipal Complex, 20 S. College St., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. A buffet lunch is included.

Postmarked reservation date is Feb. 24. PayPal deadline is March 2. Send to Georgia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 550247, Atlanta, GA 30355-2747 or go to For more information, contact Laura Carter,

To learn more about the Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library, check The next GGS event will be May 2 with Judy Russell of the Legal Genealogist at the Atlanta History Center.

Metro area meetings

The metro Atlanta area has several genealogical societies that hold monthly meetings with speakers. You should always check, as many lectures can help with your genealogy education.

The Cobb County Genealogical Society ( meets at the Marietta Public Library, the Rockdale County Genealogical Society ( meets in Conyers, the metro Atlanta chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society ( meets in Atlanta, and the Genealogical Computer Society of Georgia ( meets in Roswell.

Kitty Cooper’s blog

A variety of helpful genealogy tools can be found by going to Kitty Cooper's blog at She has a lot of guides related to DNA, as well as charts. Take a look.