New Georgia guide could aid in genealogy research

AJC file photo
AJC file photo

Michael A. Ports has written “Georgia Genealogy Research,” the latest in the Genealogy at a Glance series.

The four-page, laminated work from the Genealogical Publishing Company is a concise look at the records broken down into various categories. Record Sources cover marriages, births and deaths, probate, and our unique land lottery system. Supplemental Sources includes brief overviews of the land grant system and tax records. Each of these has bibliographical citations or further research tips.

The last page lists major repositories in Georgia and online resources. This quick overview could be helpful for someone just beginning their Georgia research. It is available for $8.95 plus postage from the Genealogical Publishing Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Unit 206, Baltimore, Md., 21211. Similar guides to other states and topics are at or call 800-296-6687.

Michael Ports has written other works on Georgia and Maryland for that company ,as well as state research guides. He is currently working on a series on the tax digests of Jefferson County, Ga.

Augusta hosts July workshop

The Augusta Genealogical Society will host “Following Footprints is Fun: Part II — A Genealogy Seminar” on July 15. This all-day event from 9 a. m. until 3 p. m. will be held at the society’s library, 1109 Broad Street, Augusta. The cost is $30 for members, $35 nonmembers. The fee includes lunch and a workbook. Topics to be covered are: Getting more out of a courthouse visit, understanding deeds and land records, discovering the missing women in your tree, and more about using maps. Their website has the registration form, or call 706-722-4073. Registration deadline is July 12 to guarantee a lunch and workbook. The society’s annual “Homecoming Seminar” will be September 9 featuring J. Mark Lowe. More on that event later this summer.

Family stories and myths is topic of lunch and learn lecture

“About that Native American Grandmother: Clues that Help & Hinder Our Family Stories” is the topic that Yvonne Mashburn Schmidt will address at the July 14 Lunch and Learn lecture at the Georgia Archives. Noon, free, bring your own lunch. Schmidt, a certified genealogist and frequent lecturer, will give a lively talk discussing how to analyze and perhaps dissect fact from fiction in family stories. We all have heard similar tales, so what is the truth? How did these or other “tall tales” get mixed into the family saga? What different versions of a family’s story exist? Are you perpetuating a story that needs adjusting? For further information, see or call 678-364-3710.

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