Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication
Meeting Scheduled for August 10
Hello to all of you, I am looking forward to seeing all
of you at the
meeting on Sunday, August 10. Remember we will be meeting in the “Special
Collections” Room this month due to the use of the downstairs room.
We plan to have an open forum, discussing the “American Indians of
our past.” --Judy Bond
State Archives Opens at New Location
By now you should be aware that the Georgia Archives is no longer
located on Capital Avenue in downtown Atlanta a block from the Capital
Building. A new facility has been constructed on the campus of Clayton
State University in Morrow, Georgia. After being closed for several
months, the archives has reopened in the new building. The new address
5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, Ga. 30260
For more information, check out the web site:
http://www.georgiaarchives.org (Go there now)
Eventually both the State Archives and the National Archives will
be located adjacent to each other on the Clayton State Campus. This
should make for a convenient all-inclusive location for genealogical
research. Isn’t progress wonderful.
Library Visitors Share Research Information
Pat Lackey, 647 Harris Cir., Locus Grove, Ga. No surames given.
Brenda Stephens, 109 Millers Mill Rd., Stockbridge, Ga. 30281, Researching
Lackey, Pool, Huff and Johnson.
Marie E. Lewandouski, Ph.D., 1054 Griggs St. SW, Conyers, Ga. 30012,
No surnames given. Comment: Bob Phillips was great; thank you for
Charlotte Ray, Conyers, Ga. Researching Presley.
Christine Smith, 89 Fair Oaks Dr., Conyers, Ga. 30094. No names given.
Marvin Hugh Worthy, Lilburn, Ga. No names given. Comment: Excellent
facility. Shows dedication by library staff and genealogical society.
Becky Siple, No address. Researching Jones, Cloer, Woolsey, Rose,
Woods in Almo.
New Cemetery Information Added to Files
The web page cemetery listing has been updated to include the burials
at Honey Creek Baptist Church and at Smyrna Presbyterian Church. This
is the first information which we have had for Honey Creek. We have
had a listing for Smyrna Presbyterian which was done in the thirties.
The new listing is complete and up-to-date.
Our thanks to Judy Bond for the Honey Creek information. This has
been an omission of long standing. We thank Beverley Beale for the
update of the Smyrna Presbyterian Church cemetery. This is one of
the largest cemeteries in Rockdale County. It is now comfortable to
say that we have all the information available concerning the Presbyterian
Church in that area and the long-standing campground which drew from
a wide area of participants.
We have posted the complete information on these cemeteries including
the birth and death dates. The index lists all of the individuals
buried in these two cemeteries so that they can be found. The web
page now lists the birth and death dates for four cemeteries. Besides
Honey Creek and Smyrna, we have complete listings for Bethel Christian
Church and for Philadelphia Methodist Church. We list these because
they are not included in the cemetery volumes in the Nancy Guinn Memorial
You can access the cemetery listing at:
Click on the cemetery link to visit the cemetery page.
Genealogical Periodicals At Nancy Guinn
The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library has a collection of periodicals located
in the special collection room which contain genealogical information
which may be useful in your research. You will find these on the wall
in the corner of the room to the left inside the door of the room.
Some of the collections are extensive while some are but a few copies.
Here is a list of the titles:
New England Ancestors
New England Computer Genealogist
National Genealogical Society Newsletter
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum
West Florida Footprints
Missouri Historical Review
Indiana Historical Society Tracer
Hudson Family Association
Family Tree Magazine
New England Historical Genealogical Register
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
National Genealogical Society Newsletter
Northeast Alabama Settlers
Family Puzzlers (Now ceased publication)
Gwinnett Historical Society Quarterly
Hoosier Genealogist (Indiana)
Indiana Magazine of History
Georgia Genealogical Magazine
Ancestor Update (Henry & Clayton Counties of Ga.)
Computer Surname Magazine
Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly
Georgia Historical Quarterly
Carolina Heritage and Newsletter
Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Tryon Co., North Carolina
Blue Ridge Country
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Atlanta History Magazine
Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine
Ancestry.com is Available at Nancy Guinn
Ancestry.com, the for-pay service, is available at the Nancy Guinn
Memorial Library. Two terminals are available in front of the information
desk in the lobby. These have automatic access to the service. Researchers
are not required to sign-in in order to use the terminals. They are
available for thirty minutes or more if no one is waiting to use them.
There is extensive information available on the service including
census, birth, marriage, and death information, and family collections
information for the entire country. The service has the most extensive
listings of any on-line genealogical source. It is made available
through Galileo, the University of Georgia system. The best part is
that it is free.
The service prompts you to list the first and last names of the person
for whom you are searching information. It then provides a menu of
information areas including the number of hits or occurances of the
name in the records of the service according to each menu area. This
allows you to check each of the menu listings as you wish. The usual
menu contains the following:
Birth, Marriage, and Death records
Biography and History
Community and Message Boards
Court, Land and Probate Records
Directories and Membership Lists
Ancestry World Tree Entries
Social Security Death Index
1930 and 1920 Federal Census
Civil War Service Records
This is a good way to avail yourself of the quick and thorough research
capability that this service offers without straining your budget.
If there is a drawback, it may be that often the amount of information
can be quite large and require excess time to wade through. If so,
it is good to know that it is always there to be used at any time.
My experience has been that the terminals are usually available. Most
internet users who visit the library are not interested in genealogical
Confederate Pension Information For Your Use
Georgia began paying pensions to disabled soldiers in 1879. An 1891
law allowed pensions on the basis of poverty and allowed widows of
soldiers to receive them also.
The Pension Office was abolished in 1960, and its records were deposited
in the Georgia Department of Archives and History, Atlanta, Georgia.
The most important of these records for genealogical purposes are
the pension applications and their supporting documents.
Georgia paid pensions to any soldiers or their widows who, if otherwise
eligible, were residents of Georgia at the time of the applications,
even though their military service or wartime residence may have been
in another state.
Soldiers and widows who left Georgia after the war were not eligible
for their Georgia pensions, but they may have applied in their subsequent
state of residence. If so, that state should have a record of the
Typical soldiers’ applications included their name and unit, date
of service and sometimes a brief summary of their military career.
The applicant usually stated how long he had been a resident of Georgia
and this information is often useful in determing his age. Some applications
give the date and place of birth, but these are rare. A typical widow’s
application includes the date of marriage, date of her husband’s death,
and much of the same type information shown on a soldiers application.
Genealogical information about members of the applicant’s family is
rarely included. Through 1907, pensioners had to re-apply each year
in order to remain on the rolls. After 1907, another method was used.
Some applicant’s folders contain supporting affidavits, correspondence
concerning the pensions, or other papers. As a result, some folders
contain more items than others.
Note: The above information was copied from the Civil War Records
booklet compiled and distributed by the Georgia Department of Archives
and History, 330 Capitol Avenue, S. E., Atlanta, Georgia, 30334. (See
new address elsewhere in this issue.) There is an index on the shelves
at Nancy Guinn.
Social Security Location Codes Provided
The first three numbers of the social security number
as a general
rule identify the state or territory where the person was born. Immigrants
were identified as to where they lived when they obtained their working
papers. Many states had to add numbers because their populations increased
faster than estimated; therefore, there are some variances.
001-003 New Hampshire
035-039 Rhode Island
050-134 New York
135-158 New Jersey
232-236 West Virginia
237-246 North Carolina
247-251 South Carolina
501-502 North Dakota
503-504 South Dakota
574 Alaska +Asian Immigrants
577-579 Dist. of Col.
580-586 Puerto Rico (+596-599) +Asian Immigrants
585 New Mexico(+525)
586 American Samoa
586 Northern Mariana Islands
596-599 Puerto Rico (+580-586)
700-728 Railroad Retirement
We don’t know who to give credit for the following; but, many are
The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestsor participated
and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.
When at last after much hard work you have solved the mystery you
have been working on for two years, your aunt says, “I could have
told you that”.
Your grandmother’s maiden name that you have searched for for four
years was on a letter in a box in the attic all the time.
You never asked you father (grandmother, aunt etc.) about the family
when he was alive because you weren’t interested in genealogy then.
The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.
Copies of old newspapers have holes occuring only on the surnames.
John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the
family progenitor, died on board ship at age 10.
Your great grandfather’s newspaper obituary states that he died leaving
no issue of record.
The keeper of the vital records you need has just been insulted by
The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her
daughter who has no interest in genealgy and no inclination to share.
The only record you find for your great grandfather is that his property
was sold at a sheriff’s sale for insolvency.
The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end
line has been lost due to fire, flood or war.
The town clerk to whom you wrote for information sends you a long
handwritten letter which is totally illegible. Or worst still, all
the names are clearly written; but, all of them have no bearing on
The spelling of your European ancestor’s name bears no relationship
to its current spelling or pronounciation.
None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother’s photo
album have names written on then.
No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property,
was sued or was named in wills.
You learn that your great aunt’s executor just sold her life’s collection
of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer “somewhere
in New York City”.
Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate proportional to the value
of the data recorded.
The thirty-seven volume, sixteen thousand page history of your county
of origin isn’t indexed.
You finally find your great grandparent’s wedding records and discover
that the bride’s father was named John Smith.
I am sure that each of you can add a few more to this list.
Contributions to this newsletter are appreciated.
via email to the editor in text mode. The next issue will be November,
2003. The deadline for submissions will be Oct. 15, 2003.
Porky Says: Keep on Rooting
& GENES is a publication
of the Rockdale County Genealogical
President: Judy Bond
Vice President: Rev. Carl Smith
Secretary: Beverley Beale
Treasurer: Charles Read
Program Chairman: Office vacant
Editor: MarionT. Farmer 770-483-7180
1500 A. Pine Log Rd. NE firstname.lastname@example.org
Conyers, GA 30012