Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication

                                            May, 2003

                Pines Network Up and Running

The library staff and an army of volunteers have been hard at work
changing the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library’s bar code system over to
the Pines network. Pines is the statewide library system that allows
on-line interaction between all of the librarys in the system. This
means that you will be able to search for materials to use in your
research throughout Georgia.

In some instances, books and materials can be obtained through the
inter-library loan system. The materials or books can be ordered from
the library holding them to be delivered to the Rockdale Library System
so that they can be used locally. This will not apply to books and
materials which are not circulated such as those which are held in
the special collections at Nancy Guinn. In such instances, you may
not be able to obtain the books locally. This may not be such a bad
thing. At least, you can determine through the network the nearest
location of a book or a material that you are interested in using.

All of the terminals previously used to access the book catalog at
Nancy Guinn have been replaced with more up-to-date equipment. These
feature flat screen monitors which are sharper and clearer than the
old cathode ray monitors which were used previously. These can be
used to access the statewide system as well as the catalog of books
at Nancy Guinn.

The new terminals give the Rockdale Library System an edge over some
other systems which are using the old type. The Newton Library, for
instance, is already on the Pines network; but, the last time we checked,
they only had two terminals with which to access the system.

Clearly, this is a big step for the Rockdale County Library System
and the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library. We hope that the improvements
and the Pines network will provide researchers with a more effective
research facility. Most likely, we can expect more visitors from other
counties who will be interested in using the book collection which
our club has been adding to quite extensively over the past three
years. To browse the collection, go to:
 Click here to go to the book list

                  Ken Thomas Survives Budget Cutback

Ken Thomas has survived the budget axe due to the efforts of many
of our dedicated Georgia genealogists. It is reported that he was
notified that his column would not be carried by the Atlanta Journal
Constitution after May 1, 2003. It was a budget pare-back that the
paper was instituting. His was one of the narrowly focussed columns
not considered to be important enough to warrant the expenditure.

Fortunately, just a single email to the right person got the ball
rolling and the genealogical community rallied to his support. After
about a week of the bombardment, the management at the paper surrendered;
and, he was notified that the column would be reinstated. The paper
considers each email or phone call received to represent thirty-five
thousand readers. Who says we don’t count!

Ken’s column has become sort of a clearing house for information collected
from across the State of Georgia. It is a must read for anyone who
wants to be up-to-date about Georgia genealogy. Considering that the
job only pays him thirty-three hundred dollars a year, it is a wonder
that he even bothers. The paper is wise to continue to carry this
important and essential genealogical writer’s work.

           New books on Shelf for Research

Georgians in the Rev. at Kettle Creek Ga R 975.865 DAV
 Abstracts of Ga. Land Plat Books A&B Ga R 929.3758 MAT
 Historical Southern Families (23 Vol.) Ga R 929.2097 Boo

           Library Visitors List Surnames Researched

Donald Hall, 1309 Springwood Dr., Conyers, Ga. 30012. Researching
Elbert County.

Cheryl Roebuck, 378 Nantucket Way, Conyers, Ga. 30013. Researching
black history of Rockdale County.

Henry Baker, Jr., 2160 Old Salem Rd. SE, Conyers, Ga. 30013. Researching

Gary N. Saxton, 2261 Briarwood Cr., Conyers, Ga. 30094. Researching
Myers, Shupp, Saxon of Milen, Michigan and Sandusky County, Ohio from
1895 to 1902.

Nancy Myers, 1131 Norton Rd., Conyers, Ga. Researching Dial Mill.

Roy C. Peek, Jr. and Donna Jordan Peek, 4421 Hwy 20, N. E., Conyers,
Ga. 30012. Researching Peek, Jordan, Rice, Neal, Neil, Corley, Kay.

Randy Rogers, P. O. Box 12086, Jackson, MS, 39236. Researching Guinn,
Gregory, Rogers, Miller, Crossley, Almand.

Jonie Mitchell, Conyers, Ga. Researching Langley or Langly.

Richard S. Buck, Jr., 3953 Woodland Cir., Conyers, Ga. 30013. Researching
Ferrel, Gibboney, Buck.

      East Georgia Genealogical Society Serves Rockdale

The East Georgia Genealogical Society is located in Winder, Georgia.
It includes twenty-eight counties reaching from Hart County on the
Savannah River all the way to Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale in central
Georgia. Rockdale is one of the counties which the society attempts
to cover under its umbrella.

Meetings are held in Winder, Ga. on the second Tuesday of each month
at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.
Directions: Going north on Broad Street (Hwy. 53), from the intersection
of Broad Street and W. Midland Street, go northwest on W. Midland
Street for about 1.2 miles, turn right on Sims Road. The LDS Church
is 0.5 mile on the right.

Alternate Directions: Going south on Hwy. 53, turn right on Sims Road.
The LDS Church is about 1 mile on the left.

Their newsletter which is called “Georgia Settlers” indicates that
it is published quarterly. One copy can be found on the magazine table
in the special collections room at the Nancy Guinn Library. It is
very comprehensive and provides genealogical data. Two of the issues
provided data from the original marriage records of Rockdale County.
As far as we know, this is the only source of this information outside
of the Rockdale County Courthouse and perhaps the Georgia Archives.
Their data was probably copied from the LDS microfilm files from Salt
Lake City, Utah. The web site provides a list of the various articles
dealing with genealogical data from the twenty-eight counties and
how to obtain copies of the newsletter. The newsletters themselves
are not published on the web site.

The web site is maintained on Rootsweb. The Url is:

 Click here to go to the Web Site

The email address is:

We have been sending a copy of Jeans & Genes, the Rockdale County
Genealogical Society Newsletter, to their mail address at P. O. Box
117, Winder, Ga. 30680.

        Maps Made Available for Georgia Counties

From: William Bennett [] Sent: Saturday, February
22, 2003 8:58 PM To: Subject: Georgia County
Maps Available

I have the most recent Official Georgia County Highway Maps available
for all 159 Georgia Counties. These maps are in Adobe Acrobat PDF
format on CD-ROM. You can order any 10 of the maps plus the Adobe
Acrobat Reader software for $8.99 plus $2.00 for US and Canadian postage.
Additional Georgia County maps can be added for $.50 each with no
additional shipping charge.

These maps are very detailed, with all public access roads included.
They are a great resource for the genealogist, as all known cemeteries
are shown, including thousands of nearly forgotten, obscure country
cemeteries. I have been able to find a number of rural cemeteries
in which I have ancestors buried by using these maps. The Adobe Acrobat
software allows you to zoom in at up to 900% magnification to pick
out the smallest details. These maps are a wealth of information for
people searching for their Georgia roots, as well as for many other
uses. If there are any questions, please feel free to email me at Thanks, William Bennett.

      Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) May Be Useful

I have a laptop that I use for scheduled big research tasks, but for
everyday I have tried using two PDA’s. One was the Jornada 568, similar
to the Dell Axim, and the other a Jornada 720, slightly older and
bigger model. After trying them both I actually decided on the older
bigger 720, for two reasons. One being the built in keyboard, personally
I think a keyboard is vital, the other being that it runs a cut down
version of Access, which these newer PocketPC’s do not do. I run a
collection of tables for births, marriages, deaths, wills, deeds,
etc etc for collecting snippets of info for people who I cannot immediately
add to my tree, but i think that one day I might be able to.. It’s
amazing how often stuff that I have entered into this “odds and sods”
database, that meant absolutely nothing to me at the time becomes
very relevant a few monthes down the line. However there may now be
an equivalent program for the PocketPC, or you may not think it a
particular requirement.

The main software that I use on the PDA is “Pocket Genealogist” from  Visit the site by clicking here

It is a superb program that
transfers and synchonises all the data from the genealogy program
to the PDA, so enabling you to have all your data with at any time.
Incredibly useful. There are two versions, one that is basically read
only, although with the ability to add research notes, and a full
data entry version that is in the advanced beta testing stage. It
does direct syncs to and from Legacy and TMG as well as gedcoms. I
found it about a year ago when I first got a PDA and would recommend
it to anyone. The support is superb, and the data entry beta is available
for anyone to try from the site - and no, I have no involvement in
it whatsoever. This program alone for me justified the PDA.

I also make great use of my digital camera for taking photos of screens,
fiche readers, book pages etc. Like you, it has saved me a fortune.
I use an Olympus 2100UZ, again an old model, only 2.1 megapixels,
but I get incredibly clear pictures from it. It is particularly useful
as it is good in low light situations, and I do not need to use the
flash indoors, which is the only thing that the records offices I
visit seem to be concerned with. Quite what the problem with a flash
is I do not know, but so long as I can get good results without it
I’m happy.

Hope this helps

Maud (Jennie Williams) wrote in message news:<>...
> Hi! > > I just bought a Dell Axim PDA. I’ve never seen anyone >
at a library, courthouse, cemeteries, and what have > you using a
PDA yet. For the past two years I’ve been > lugging my laptop around
with me to these places.
> Does anyone know about this device or have any > opinions for it?
I guess one could just as easily take > notes/drawings on paper and
scan them into digital > format and transfer them to a laptop or so.
Subject: Re: Gadget called Seiko InkLink & PDA questions Date: 7 Apr
2003 00:45:10 -0700 From: (maud) Organization:

    How To Read A Deed For Genealogical Research

1. Note page number and book number so you can easily return to it
if necessary. (The page and book number will usually be stamped on
the page of the original book of entry at the courthouse. It may not
be on the deed itself.)

2. Note the date.

3. Note the name of the person selling the land and the person buying
the land. Are they relatives? In-laws? (Sons-in-Law were given land
by their fathers-in-law sometimes.) Check the names of the witnesses
to the deed. Are they related to buyer or seller?

4. Note the location of the land. If it is near a creek or river,
it will often tell you whether it is the north, south, east or west
side. This location will be important for you to tell your family
from other familes of the same name. The deed will often tell you
whose land it borders. Those neighbors will often be relatives either
by blood or by marriage. People didn’t and couldn’t travel far to
go courting in those days.

5. The wife’s name usually appears on the deed. (Ed. This is meant
to infer that there is a possibility that the name will be thereon
and provide a source of the relationship. This is certainly not the
case in more recent deeds where both names are usually shown as purchaser.)

6. Sometimes a deed will give genealogical information, such as “John
Jones, son of Samuel Jones” to identify him clearly from other John
Jones in the community.

7. A man, in deeding land to a person, will often give his relationship,
such as “Out of love and affection, I deed 50 acres of land to my
son, Henry.” This is proof of relationship and is valuable.

8. Possible proof of relationship may exist in a deed which states
that John Smith deeds to Seth Smith 70 acres of land on Bear Creek,
said land being part of an original survey for George Smith. Keep
in mind that this may be three generations of the Smiths.

9. Begin reading the deeds from 1800s Back in time to turn up children’s
names, who they married, other pertinent data. (Ed. A tract of land
which has been in a family for a long time will pass down from generation
to generation and be subdivided as time passes. This will usually
provide you with a lot of information about the various relationships.)

10. When a person died, his land was divided among his heirs according
to the laws of the state if he died intestate (without a will). (Ed.
There may not be a deed in such cases. The records of the probate
court will show how the property was divided. The best source of information
will be the tax returns after the probate has established the new

11. You can determine when a person comes of age or when he dies from
the deeds. An administrator will handle the disposition of the land
when a person becomes deceased. (Ed. Probate court and tax returns
must be used as well as deeds to provide a complete picture of the
succession of ownership.)

12. You will want to order copies from the original deed books and
not just the index if you know the person you are researching was
in the county at the time.

13. In early America and until the 19th century, the name of nearly
every male who lived to maturity can be found in land records. These
records are frequently one of the very few records in existence for
early settlement periods. The older the deed is, the more likely that
it will contain genealogical information.

14. A headright grant was fifty acres of land granted to those who
paid the passage to come from the old country. This was done to attract
settlers. A person received the right to claim fifty acres of land
for each person whose passage he paid. In Virginia, for example, headright
grants were awarded as early as 1623.

15. Land records may exist when other records do not; therefore, they
can be used to establish where a person was at a given time.

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:  Office vacant
Editor:  MarionT. Farmer   770-483-7180
  1500 A. Pine Log Rd. NE
        Conyers, GA  30012-4753

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