Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication
                                February, 2002

                      Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 10, 2002

It’s that time again!!!! Sunday, February 10th at 3:00 PM at Nancy
Guinn Library in the downstairs meeting room.

Roberta Wingo-Agor is our speaker. “Researching Ancestors from your
Armchair” It’s also time for our newsletter publication. Get yours
while they are hot off the press. Need you and your input for our

Want to go digging up bones? Join the group leaving from the library
Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.  going to the State Archives. Bring a bag
lunch, drink machine in snack area. If you have not been before, no
excess can carry in notebook, pencil (charts, etc. they
will check in and out). You will need your id to get a pass. Lasts
for a year, no charge. Would you believe when you go thru that door to research
room everyone goes on their own treasure hunt and they don’t have
time to chitchat with each other. See you then.

              New Books on Shelf for use in Research
                (at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library)

Guion Miller Roll Eastern Cherokee etc. Ga. R 929.1089 BLA
History of Athens & Clarke Co. Ga. Ga. R 975.818 HIS
Marriage Index of Unpublished Pedigree DAR Ga. R 929. 2097 MAR
Gwinnett Co. Inferior Ct.Minutes 1819-1861 Ga. R 929.3758
Gwinnett Co. Ga. Marriage Lic.Per.of Color Ga. R 929.3758
Index to Ga’s Federal Naturalization Rec. Ga. R 929.373 GRI
Records of Cherokee Agency in Tennessee Ga. R 929.1089 CHE
Exploring Your Cherokee Ancestry Ga. R 929.1089 MOO
Dawes Roll Plus of Cherokee Nation 1895 Ga. R 929.1089 BLA
Burkes American Families W/British Ancest. Ga. R 929.1 BUR
Madison Co. Ga. Marriage Records 1812-1909 Ga. R 975.801 BRO
Hist. of Walnut Grove Unit. Meth. Ch. 1984 Ga. R 975.8212 HIS
Looking Back Ga. R 975.8215 SMi
The Story of First Bap. Ch. Lawrenceville Ga. R JOH
Vanishing Gwinnett, Gwinnet Co., Ga. Ga. R 975.8223

            Library Visitors List Surnames Researched

Alisa A. Orr, 985 Woodbridge Way, Conyers, researching Rockdale News
of 1969.

A. L. Fulbright, 1524 Basswood Ct., Lilburn, Ga. 30017, No names given.

LaShawana Holland Simpson, 4666 Bristol Dr., Conyers, Ga. 30094, No
names given.

Kate Kiley, 2109 Sheffield Rd., Conyers, Ga. 30012, researching P.
L. Graham family.

Barbara Fleming, 4364 Cook Pl., Decatur, Ga. 30034, researching Sawyer,
Maddox, Paris, Coley.

John O. Brown, 4836 Cherry Creek Dr., SE, Conyers, researching Brown,
Campbell, Bonham.

Janis & Robert Mitchell, Conyers, researching Green & Mitchell.

Belinda Schwartz, Stockbridge, Ga., researching Fulcher, Bevers, Lovern.

Randy Rogers, P. O. Box 12086, Jackson, Ms. 39236, researching Gregory,
Guinn, Almand, Crossley.

Robert Brown, P. O. Box 70, Conyers, Ga. 30010, Personal research.

Georgiana McCall, 681 Mango #7127, Ellijay, Ga. 30540, researching
White, Quigg, Farmer.

Kris Coman, 3160 Farland Rd., Silver Springs, MD. 30904, researching
church’s Plymough branch.

D. F. Passmore, 1462 Flat Shoals Rd., SE, Conyers, Ga. 30013, researching
Civil War.

R. G. Mitchell, 634 Glenridge Ct., Conyers, Ga. 30094, researching

             Historical Markers and Maps Sites Given

Georgia Historical Markers locations and historical overview can be
accessed on the web at: <>.

Historical atlas of Georgia Counties are available at:  < maps>.
These give the origin of each county and from five to twenty
historical maps of each.

          Census for 1930 to be Released Soon

The 1930 census is to be released on April 1, 2002, upon expiration
of a seventy-two year privacy period. Georgia is one of ten states
which have a soundex of the 1930 census. Besides Georgia there is
a soundex for Alabama, Florida, Lousiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and parts of Kentucky and West

The 1930 census included a question about radio ownership which was
met with great reluctance because the public feared that the government
was going to tax all radios. In reality the radio manufacturers wanted
the information to help plan broadcasting station locations.

A copy of the census will be released to the East Point, Georgia national
archives library on April 1, 2002. Information about this and other
facts about the library are available at: <>.

This and other valuable information is available in “Family Tree Magazine”.
A copy is on a table in the special collections room.

            The Georgia Archives Will Change Its Hours

The State Archives of Georgia has changed its hours due to the planned
move to its new location in Morrow near the Clayton College Campus.
All the records must be made ready for the move. The Archives will
not be open to the public on Mondays. It will be open Tuesday through
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

While this is going on, the Archives will make original records available
on Saturday. These will not have to be requested a day in advance
as previously required. The hours will be longer on Saturday as well.
Of course, as most of you probably know, the Federal Archives will
move from East Point, Ga. to the Morrow location as well. Both archives
will be adjacent to each other on the Clayton College Campus. Don’t
look for the moves to be completed before 2003.

              Hamby Family Bible Located

The Hamby Family Bible has been found. Unfortunately, it does not
belong to the Hamby Family of Rockdale and Newton County. None of
the names recorded in it belong to the members of the Hambys of the
two counties.

The hundred year-old Bible turned up in a stack of paperback books
intended for shipment to troups stationed overseas perhaps even to
Afghanistan. No one knows who put the book in with those that had
been donated. It would seem that most likely it would have been one
of the members of the Hamby Family locally. Not so. None of them recognize
any of the names contained in the Bible.

Joyce Pirkle and Evelyn Peak have the book; but, have not been successful
in locating anyone connected with the family members in it. They are
hoping to return the Bible to the true owners.

This story originally appeared in the Sunday Atlanta Journal Constitution
of Jan. 27, 2002. It was written by Chandler Brown who can be reached
at <>.

              Unclaimed Property Web Site Noted

The State of Georgia Revenue Department maintains a list of unclaimed
property owners. These are people or companies who own money in bank
accounts, have safe deposit boxes, or tax refunds which are unclaimed.
As a rule the bank accounts have had no activity for seven years.
Banks are required to turn the funds over to the State Revenue Department
where they are held pending receipt of claims for a time. If no claim
is made, the funds become the property of the State of Georgia.

The Revenue Department maintains a web site which lists the names
of the owners of the unclaimed assets. It can be accessed on the world
wide web at: <>.

This information may be relevant to a researcher if he has a member
of his family who is deceased who did not leave any information about
bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, etc. which may have been owned.
It doesn’t hurt to check. Often older people forget where they have
put their money. They are often reluctant to confide such matters
to family members. Executors to estates often do not know of all banks
where accounts were maintained.

If a discovery is made, an heir can file a claim right on the web
site. Executors can also do so. If you always thought Aunt Sally had
lots of money hidden somewhere, you get a chance to check and see
for certain if she left it where no one could get it.

          New Way to Publish Genealogy Announced

Several colleagues and I have finalized a new, peer-to-peer network
for genealogy. With this application, you can publish your genealogy
directly and search genealogy on others’ computers all around the
world in a very efficient manner.

We’ve written the initial application and are giving it away free
to the genealogical world in hopes that it will help accelerate research.
We need beta testers to download and publish their genealogy on the
network and participate in its pilot run.

The Linked application can be downloaded from
This new network provides many benefits above and beyond the traditional
methods of publishing to the web or submitting to a central authority:

1. It is exact searchable for names, dates, relations, and events,
whereas web search engines retrieve all sorts of irrelevant results
you have to sift through. You can now submit searches such as “John
Smith, married to Deanne, born within 20 years of 1830” and get results
that only match that exact query.

2. It allows you to publish directly from your own computer. When
you update your genealogy, it is immediately available to the worldwide
network. You maintain control over the data you have researched. There
is no longer a delay in publication when you submit your genealogy
(since you only “submit” to yourself).

3. Think of a “Napster” of genealogy--that is what this is--unhindered
by the legal issues associated with music. In contrast, genealogists
love to share information and knowledge with each other!
Visit the faq at the web site for more information:
See also the presentation that I gave at BYU’s Family History Technology
workshop that is on the site.

Readers might be wary of a “free lunch” application. This network
is part of P2P research that I am doing at Brigham Young University’s
E-Commerce Center and will further my research. The application indeed
is free, both as the installable application and the source code (GNU
public license). I decided to use genealogy as the testbed for this
research because something like this is needed badly by the genealogical
community. As the network becomes more popular, I’ll probably turn
it over to a central governing committee for oversight.

Finally, please understand that while this research and network are
being developed at BYU, it is not endorsed or developed by the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its genealogy department.
Rather, the network is for genealogical research completed by all
individuals of any religion or nationality. It is part of research
being supported by BYU’s E-Commerce Center.

Thank you for your time. Please pass this message along to genealogical
groups and friends. I hope to see many of you on the network.

--Conan C. Albrecht, Ph.D. Brigham Young University

Ed. Some of you brave souls may want to try this application. What
it does is it will eliminate the need to build a web page. The downside
is that your computer must remain on in order for the information
to be available for access.

               New Site Developed by Noted Author
                       Jeanette Holland Austin

We have added The Genealogy Classroom to our site, which contains
a number of free online articles on genealogical research. The subjects
vary from beginning to more complicate research.

Although, many new articles will be added, suggestions for new topics
are welcome. The idea is to help all of us who probe for solutions
on how to locate information. You may copy these articles for your
personal use, but please don’t make mass photocopies of them or email
them around. Everybody can view them at the site. (

Also, I am featuring a Question and Answer Session, which will be
headed “Ask Jeannette”. To get this started, simply email me and I
will post it under the above heading.

Jeannette Holland Austin Just click on “Genealogy

             Report of Web Site Activity for Previous Year

The web page your editor maintains had seven hundred forty hits or
visits during the previous year. This is about sixty per month. Not
bad, if you think about it. What was surprising was that most of the
hits went to the page containing the list of genealogy books. This
means, undoubtedly, that some of you out there are interested in finding
out what is available for research in the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library.

The other pages on the site did not measure up to the book page in
terms of number of hits. The site has the Rockdale Genealogical Society’s
surname lists. Those lists are sorted by surname, by researcher name
and by researcher’s name and address. It also shows the researcher’s
e-mail address of those members who have provided one. We don’t have
any feedback to indicate how effective the surname list is in obtaining
inquiries with the membership.

The site has other lists as follows:

Rockdale Cemetery Index
Bethel Church Cemetery
Philadelphia Cemetery
History of Rockdale Index
Centennial Rockdale Citizen Index
Historical Souvenir of Conyers Index
Census of Conyers of 1917 Index
John McIntosh Chapter of DAR Roster
Salem Campground official record index

There is an index of the 1900 Rockdale Census which could be posted
to the site if there is enough interest. The site has begun to become
unwieldy since the Jeans and Genes Newsletter was added. It is probably
approaching the maximum number of bytes allowed.

              Happy Valentines Day


This motto is soon to be on the nose of all military aircraft.  It commemorates the heros who died trying to save their airplane.

                            The Time to do it is NOW!

George Roebuck died about three weeks ago.  He was the last link to
the thirties from Zingara in Sheffield District of north Rockdale
County.  He was ninety years old when he died.  He and my dad were old
friends and worked together from time to time.  I would sometimes run
into Mr. George at the Waffle House on West Avenue.  Every time he
would bring up something of interest from the old days that I had not
heard of before.  He was a fountain of knowledge and had a remarkable
vitality in spite of his age.  It was always my intention to spend
some time with Mr. George mining that fountain of knowledge.

I am reminded of something Mr. Jewitt Wigington mentioned at a recent
meeting.  Seems he had an aunt who had a lot of information on the
family tree.  And if I remember the story right, he intended to visit
with her;  but, she passed away right before he was scheduled to make
the visit.  It was a big disappointment that the family information
was there for the asking if only he had made the visit sooner.

Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.  Was it Benjamin
Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac that said that?  Probably.  Most of
us get into genealogy fully intending to publish our findings.  We
think about leaving a legacy for those that follow.  Genealogy has a
way of stretching out.  There is always that little bit of missing
information that prevents the story from being complete.  We keep
striving for perfection.  We keep trying to put together all the
pieces of the puzzle.  As a consequence, the story never gets

Many of us are following someone who never fininshed the story.  It
was usually an older relative who left a shoebox full of clippings and
notes with a few pictures thrown in there for good measure.  Our
natural curiosity led us to pick up the pieces and continue the
search.  Very seldom is there a printed book of the family genealogy.
And, even if there is, often we find that serious errors in the tree
exist.  Many people who have a printed book of family genealogy
mistakenly think that all the work has been done.

Those of us who have been doing genealogy for a while have found that
the work of verifying, corroborating, and substantiating can go on
forever.  This does not mean, however, that there should not be a
published, printed copy.  Given the present state of technology and
the rapid advances of information sharing, there is no excuse for
neglecting to publish.  What is most serious, however, is allowing the
individuals to slip away from us who have information that can't be
duplicated.  Every obituary is another source gone forever.

         Some Downloads of Interest from USENET

I guess there is no software that literally 'covers all the bases'.
Legacy 3.0 Standard edition which I'm using since only recently
covers my own needs perfectly, and is free.  Look at


Tilman Brandl

"Tilman Brandl" <>

I found this on another mailing list and it details to some degree
plans for upgrading/updating this year.


"Robert E. Givens" wrote:

As an FYI item, the Church News of January 20 has an article
entitled: A billion names soon to be accessible Online.  It quotes
Bro. Richard E Turley, Jr., who is the managing director of the
Family and Church History Department (i.e.- our boss).  It reads:

          "Beginning in February, a massive new stream of uploads to
the site will bring the total of online names to 1 billion, expected
by the end of the year.

          Included in these uploads will be 2.2 million records of
middle America-Mexico, the Sweden records of the Scandinavian Vital
Records Index with 1.1 million names, the Social Security Death
Index with 64 million names and most significantly, an update of the
Church's International Genealogical Index, with an addition of 125
million names.  Vital records from other areas will follow.

          Uploads such as these will be ongoing throughout the year,
and patrons should check frequently to see if information they need
has been added recently."

          Other facts that were mentioned - The Family History
Library has more than 2.16 million rolls of film, 173,795 sets of
fiche, 288,000 books, 14,000 serials and 8,000 maps.  The Church has
300 cameras in nearly 50 countries capturing 75 to 80 million images
a year.  There are 30,000 extractors working around the world to
index records.  In 1999 the collection at the FHL increased by 4,100
rolls of film and 700 books.

          There are more than 3,500 family history centers in 75
countries that order 70,000 rolls of film a month.  The church is
adding some 200 centers per year.

          Now that is a great article.  Better than all the rumors
we hear all the time.

Bob Givens, Director
Fresno California North Stake FHC (D Brown)

Jeans & Genes is a publication of the Rockdale County Genealogical Society.

President: Judy Bond
Vice President: Rev. Carl  Smith
Secretary: Beverley Beale
Treasurer: Charles Read
Program Chairman: Robera Wingo

Editor:  MarionT. Farmer   770-483-7180
  1500 A. Pine Log Rd. NE
        Conyers, GA  30012