Pandemic forces adjustments to upcoming genealogy events

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research sessions that were scheduled to be held July 26-31 in Athens will now be conducted online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual attendees will need to have internet access for the classes, which will start daily at 10:30 a.m. and finish at 6:30 p.m. Registration closes July 6. Those already registered will be refunded for meal tickets and the printed syllabus. Others who are interested also might be able to take advantage of the classes now.

Go to the Georgia Genealogical Society website,, and then the IGHR 2020 tab for all the details about this change, the technology set up and registration.

National Genealogical Society annual conference

Also, the National Genealogical Society’s Family History Conference, scheduled to start May 20 in Salt Lake City, will now become a virtual conference. The new format will be a mixture of live and on-demand programming. NGS 2020 Live! will be May 20 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Streaming access to more than 150 sessions will be available starting in July. More details will be forthcoming to those already registered. For more information, go to the NGS website,, and then the “NGS Conferences” tab. Others who were not planning to attend might want to access the classes. The NGS offers many online courses all the time and has many great publications for sale, including research booklets on DNA testing, most states and current topics. The 2021 conference is scheduled for May 19-22 in Richmond, Virginia, a great venue for research.

City directories for Columbus, Macon

The University of Georgia’s Digital Library of Georgia has recently added copies of the city directories for Columbus (1859-1912) and Macon (1860-1899), joining those for Albany, Athens and Atlanta (1867-1922) already there. Go to and search for city directories. Many other wonderful resources are available there.

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