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Well-known lecturer and genealogist is featured speaker at Cobb event

The Cobb County Genealogical Society is again offering its one-day seminar for researchers.

This year, the speaker will be well-known military history lecturer and certified genealogist Michael L. Strauss, from Utah. He’ll discuss the best ways to research your ancestors using military records. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on April 27. Check-in is at 9 a.m.

Strauss’ topics are:

  • Introduction to Military Genealogy Research
  • Genealogical Research in the War of 1812
  • Researching your World War I Ancestors
  • Uniforms, Medals and Memorabilia: Military Resources Discovered

Strauss plans to bring uniforms and other military memorabilia for display. The seminar will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St. For lunch, many restaurants are within a short walking distance. The cost for the seminar is $20 for Cobb Society members, and $30 for members and spouse, as well as nonmembers. Walk-ins who have not pre-registered must pay an extra $5 charge. To register by mail, send check to the Cobb County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1413, Marietta, Ga., 30061, postmarked by April 11. Or register online via the society’s website at cobbgagensoc.org, using PayPal, by April 17. On the website, go to “education” for the registration form and for more on the speaker and directions. A printed syllabus is not guaranteed if you register after April 17. For further information, call 770-316-7109.

Tamika Strong, reference archivist at the Georgia Archives, will speak April 12 at the Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn Lecture. Her topic is “Genealogical Collections at the Georgia Archives.” She will cover some of the great collections within the manuscript area, the family files, as well as in the library. Strong is a well-known genealogy lecturer who joined the staff a few years ago. The noon event is free, but bring your own lunch. For further information, see GeorgiaArchives.org or call 678-364-3710.

“Gwinnett County, Georgia, Churches,” written by James C. Flanigan and first published in 1911, has been reprinted with a full-name index. Contact the Gwinnett Historical Society, P. O. Box 261, Lawrenceville, 30046. The cost is $10 plus $5 postage. This is a great sourcebook for the county, as the 380-page text includes write-ups on nearly 100 churches, with current members (as of 1911) included, as well as biographical sketches of nearly 100 ministers. So it’s a gold mine of information. See gwinnetths.org or call 770-822-5174.

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

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