Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication

                                                                       February ,  2005

         February Meeting

The program for the February meeting will be “The History of the Revolution
in the South and the Importance of Knowing Your History and Passing
it on to your Family”. It will be presented by Larry T. Guzy of the
Sons of the American Revolution, a patriotic and genealogical organization.
He is the National and State of Georgia membership chairman for the
organization. He is the immediate Past Vice President-General of the
South Atlantic District of the organization and a former President
of the Georgia Society.

The public is invited. There is no admission; however, donations are

For information phone: 770-760-8473; or, email:

             Officers for 2005

The new year has begun in great style. The new officers for 2005 are:

President: William Freese
Vice President: Martha Brown
Secretary: Bertha Little
Treasurer: Jackie Smith

Committee Chairmen:

Program Chairmen: Sherry Pierce, Gerre Byrd,  Norma Owens

Membership Chairman: Gerre Byrd

Publicity & Newsletter: Marion Farmer

The program chairmen have already mapped out a splendid series of
programs for your enjoyment and information. The January program presented
by William Freeman was unique. It was basically the history of the
Dunagan and Bramlett family as told by Ramelle Dunagan Wilhite. This
was one of the most moving and personal stories that we have been
fortunate enough to have presented to us. Having heard and read it
makes you wish that you had someone in your own family who could have
put down such a dramatic and personal account of the history of your
family. The story had many small and dramatic accounts of incidents
which illuminate the personalities of the family members. It had all
those things which make names become people breathing life into stale
facts. It could serve as a model for family history writers to emulate.

Those of you who were not at the meeting could possibly find a copy
of the handout which Mr. Freeman made available. It is well worth
picking one up.

           Library Visitors Share Research     

Kathy Todd, 123 W. Coal, Hobbs, NM 83240. Researching Laird, Summers,

Jody Provost (Evans), Conyers. Comment: Excellent information.

Jim B. King, 856 S. Deshon Rd., Lithonia, Ga. Researching Julius King.

Bill Williams, Conyers. No names given.

Laura Marsingill, 678 Country HIck Dr., Monroe, Ga. 30055. Researching
Marsingill and Massingill.

Cheryl Kelley, Loganville, Ga. 30052. Researching McLemore and Hamby


January 9th – WALTER J. FREEMAN, PH.D. Readings from the Dunagan-Bramlett
Ancestral History By Ramelle Dunagan Wilhite

February 13th – Sons of the Revolution (SAR) will present: “Southern
Patriots in the Revolution”

March 13th – John Maxie A “Son of the Confederacy” The Confederate
Following John’s presentation: A TASTE OF WAR Samples of Civil War
food for the Blue and the Gray

April 10th – Susan Sloan “Packing Your Genealogy Suitcase”

May 15th – Bertha Little Overview of Indian Removal

June 12th – Gerre Byrd Various Ways to Solve Your Genealogical Problems
(and the “brick walls” I’ve torn down)

July 10th – SHERRY PIERCE Accidental Genealogy or “While I am looking,
they find ME!”

August 14th – SHOW OFF & SHARE DAY

September 11th – Ken Thomas Genealogical & Historical Columnist for
the AJC Unmarried Ancestors

October 9th – WALTER J. FREEMAN, PH.D. :D N A


                  The Term "Hundred"

You may have seen the term “hundred” used in connection with land
records. In records for the state of Virginia you might see a term
such as: “Martin’s Hundred”. This term is geographic and denotes a
location. Dating from King Edmund I (939-946), a hundred was a unit
of English local government between a shire, or county. It is thought
that the term denoted a geographical area large enough to provide
one hundred men in times of war. This tid-bit is from the Los Angeles
Times of Dec. 14, 1986.

                        New Web Site For Your Use

Hi all, A new resource on the web is
Aside from the growing library, there is a surname tool which allows
you to scan many online databases, large and small for your surname
very quickly. Hope this helps. Bill

  Click here to go to genealogybuff

         Linkpendium Looks for Links

Hi all!

Having started with a directory of Illinois genealogical resources,
Linkpendium has now finished a first pass through all US localities
and surnames *WORLDWIDE*. (Worldwide locality indices are coming in
the future ... )

We have now built a directory to 1,082,984 sources of genealogical
information on the Internet. Most of the data sources are free, and
the relatively few pay datasets are clearly marked.
Linkpendium is by far the largest genealogical link collection on
The Net.

Nonetheless, we know we have missed many important resources. So,
again starting in IL (but working on the rest of the country and all
surnames in parallel), we are doing a second pass looking for resources
we’ve missed.


All Linkpendium’s lower-level locality and surname pages include links
to a Web form that allows visitors to nominate new links. If you visit
us at: please take a moment to make sure
that we have links in the appropriate categories to any Website, mailing
list, or message board that you administer. Also, if you just have
a favorite site that we’ve missed, PLEASE use the Web form to tell
us about it.


Obviously, a complete directory is useful to genealogists. Having
access to a categorized list of all, say, the Cook County IL resources
will save genealogists a lot of Googling.

But more importantly, in the next phase Linkpendium is going to use
the directory as input to a search engine specialized for use by genealogists.
This will allow folks to search for their ancestors without having
to dig through hundreds (and often many thousands) of irrelevant links
returned by Google.

If we don’t have a genealogical resource in the directory, we can’t
make it searchable by the search engine. That’s why your help in making
the directory complete is so important.


While we’re starting the second pass in Illinois, we’ll be working
on the rest of the USA and surnames world-wide in parallel. If you
participate in lists or message boards frequented by other folks who
can help us index all the Internet’s genealogical resources, please
feel free to tell them about what we’re doing (or just forward this

Thanks, everyone, for the help. I hope we can build something of great
value to the genealogical community. Cheers, B.

--Dr. Brian Leverich Co-moderator, soc.genealogy.methods/GENMTD-L
Co-founder, and P.O. Box 6831, Frazier
Park, CA 93222-6831

Click here to go to Linkpendium


        A Source for German Emigration Information

Do you need any help with European genealogy? You might want to contact
the Hamburg Historic Emigration Office in West Germany as this organization
has a wealth of information. Microfilm documenting nearly five million
people who left Poland, Russia and other Eastern European countries
as well as Germany for North America via Hamburg is one of their collections.
If you can supply the name and year of emigration of your family member,
the office can often supply his or her age, occupation, martial status,
number of children, city of origin and the ships name, destination
and date of sailing. This search costs $30.00. This can take up to
six months by mail but only a few hours if you visit the office in
person. The dates of the information are from 1850-1914. Contact them
for details: Historic Emigration Office, Holstenwall 24, 2000 Hamburg
36, West Germany. You might find out the cost of postage from Germany
to America and include an international postage stamp to speed up
your reply.



       New Device for Use in Genealogy Research

New Scanner Wand Handy for Genealogists There is a new high-tech device
available that should be of interest to genealogists, it’s called
DocuPen. DocuPen is a slender, silver wand that will copy a full page
of text and graphics to be stored and later downloaded into a computer.
Just think about the possibilities. Some small repositories, courthouses,
and old churches don't have the facilities for you to copy the documents
there. The wand can quickly scan all documents of interest. You wouldn't
have to wait in line at the library to make copies either. While the
quality of the documents is probably not as good as those scanned
on a flatbed scanner at home, it's adequate for everything but high-quality
photos. The small size makes it ideal, as it can fit in a purse, briefcase
or maybe even a pocket. DocuPen is manufactured by Planon Systems
Solutions of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, which began distributing
the device in the United States in January. The company claims this
is the first hand-held copier with a self-contained power source capable
of scanning an entire page in one swipe. The DocuPen is advertised
as being able to store up to 100 pages of text, depending on the quantity
of graphics and scanning resolution, which can be set at 100 or 200
dots per inch. Especially to those genealogists who do a lot of traveling,
the DocuPen may be worth its $199.95 price tag. Check with
for sales information and more details (From Genweekly)

                Board to Discuss The EGGS Cemetery Book

We need to have some discussion concerning the purposed book of Rockdale
County Cemeteries. Judy (Bond), can you come to the board meeting
on February 13. We still meet at 2:00 PM. You were instrumental in
starting the discussion with EGGS. In March or April, EGGS wants to
have a preliminary meeting. We need to decide what we want out of
this deal if we go with it.

Bill Freese Conyers, GA

Sometimes cemetery markers can provide incorrect or misleading information

as thus:

Marion, ran across your web page and took a look at the names for
Smyrna Presbyterian Cemetery. There is some misinformation out there
in several sources about some Housworth burials; that is, they just
ain’t there!

Abraham Housworth is buried in Texas Hannah H Housworth is buried
in Rock Springs cemetery in DeKalb Co Hannah’s husband, Philip Housworth
is buried in a family cemetery in Carroll Co. Jemiah (Jemima) Housworth,
a dau of Hannah and Philip, is probably buried in Rome, GA    (she would
not have Housworth on her headstone - she married an Arnold) Susannah
Housworth, a dau of Hannah and Philip, is probably buried in Dawson,
Co (she would not have Housworth on her headstone - she married a
Payne) Mahalie (Mahala) Housworth, a 3rd dau of Hannah and Philip,
is probably not buried at Smyrna (Not known who she married, of if)
John J. Housworth is buried in a family cemetery in Carroll Co. (with
father, Philip) Nannie Sims Housworth is buried at Bethany Presbyterian
cemetery in Newton, Co.

This confusion was caused by my well-meaning uncle who placed a memorial
stone in the area of unmarked graves of Housworths who are buried
in Smyrna but included all members of the original family (He knew
they were buried elsewhere) This misinformation is on several sites
and I continue to try to correct it for future family and researchers.
This is my family and Smyrna was my childhood church. Thanks for any
correction you can help with and thanks for the Web Site.

Marvin Housworth  Atlanta, Ga

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JEANS & GENES is a publication of the Rockdale County Genealogical
% Nancy Guinn Library
864 Green St. SW
Conyers, Ga.  30012

President:  Bill Freese
V. President:  Martha Brown
Treasurer: Jackie Smith
Secretary: Bertha Little
Program Cochairmen: Sherry Pierce, Gerre Byrd,  Norma Owens
Membership Chairman:  Gerre Byrd
Publicity & Newsletter: Marion T. Farmer
                                    1500 A. Pine Log Rd NE
                                    Conyers, GA. 30012