Woodrow Wilson’s ancestors subject of talk

Erick Montgomery will speak on President Woodrow Wilson’s paternal immigrant ancestors from Ulster at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Georgia Genealogical Society.

Montgomery’s talk will be based in part on his recent article, “Reconsidering the Immigration Story of President Woodrow Wilson’s Paternal Grandparents,” in the March 2014 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Montgomery is executive director of Historic Augusta, the organization that manages Wilson’s boyhood home in that city, and author of “Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Family Ties and Southern Perspectives” (2006). His talk will cover how the Wilson family really did not know the true story, how he used handwriting analysis to help unravel some leads, and his research trip to Northern Ireland.

The meeting will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia Archives in Morrow and will include lunch and the society's annual awards presentations. Cost is $25 for members, $35 nonmembers; deadline for checks is a Nov. 25 postmark, or Dec. 1 via PayPal on the society's website, gagensociety.org. Mail checks to GGS, P.O. Box 550247, Atlanta, GA 30355-2747.

Agnes Scott history

Agnes Scott College’s 125 years of educating women in Decatur will be the Lunch and Learn topic at noon Nov. 18 at the DeKalb History Center in downtown Decatur.

The speaker will be Marianne Bradley, archives manager at the college. She will cover the history of Agnes Scott from its founding as an elementary school before eventually becoming a college.

The event is free; bring your own lunch. For further information, call the DeKalb History Center at 404-373-1088, Ext. 20, or check under Events and Programs at dekalbhistory.org.

Bible records online

Family Bibles, if you can find them, can be one of the best “wild cards” in genealogy, something that you cannot predict exists.

One website covering them is biblerecords.com. The Georgia Archives also has a large collection of Bible records collected and transcribed by the Daughters of the American Revolution, starting in the 1930s. Those records are worth checking, either at the Archives or at the national headquarters library in Washington, where Bible records from every state are recorded.

Remember, if you are transcribing a family Bible, always include the publisher and date of publication, to help verify its origins.

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