Another year is drawing to a close. It seems hard to believe
Rockdale County Genealogical Society will be nine years old this month.
The anniversary meeting will be at 3:00 p.m. on November 10, 2002.
Refreshments will be served. The speaker will be Mr. William Paul,
author of “The Road He Chose”. The public is invited to attend.
Library Visitors List Surnames Researched
Albert D. Wheeler, P. O. Box 91399, Atlanta, Ga. 30364, no names given.
Tom Mayo, 1745 Old Camp Trail NW, Conyers, Ga. 30012, no names given.
Lynn Williamson, 75 Saratoga Way, Covington, Ga. 30016, no names given.
James R. Mitchell, no address given, researching Barker of Jackson.
R. H. Scheuer, 4187 Dunmore Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30034, researching Costley.
Betty B. Underwood, 2463 Tucker Mill Rd., Conyers, Ga. 30094, researching
Bartlett, Drake, Webb.
Randy Rogers, P. O. Box 12086, Jackson, Ms. 39236, researching Almand,
Gregory, Rogers, Bartlett.
Katy E. Williams, 2100 Lost Forest Ln., Conyers, Ga. 30094, no names
Deanne Bowen, Covington, Ga. 30016, researching Almand, O’Kelley,
Phyllis Thompson, Covington, Ga., researching Bradford, Lindsey, Thompson,
Web Site Offers Cemetery Location Information
I just found this site. If anyone is looking for directions to a cemetery
or just wants to know where one is, check out this site.
I found the cemetery where my great-grandparents were buried in a
couple of minutes with a map showing exact location.
The US GeoGen Project (uses GPS technology and Map Quest)
http://geogen.org/welcome.htm To visit the site click here
Family File Folders Updated
Adams (see Beale)
Armstrong (see Whisenant)
Burton (see Engard)
Camp (see Farmer)
Cofer (see Overton)
Dennard/Ivey (see Thrower)
Dial (see Thrower)
Fussell (see Dabney)
Grocthe (see Dobson)
Hawks (see Farmer)
Ivey (see Thrower)
Jackson (see Smith)
Pearson (see Beale)
Puckett (see Crowell)
Smith (see Hannon)
Sosebee (see Dixon)
Windburn (see Bledsoe)
(These file folders contain information that has been researched by members which is available for
researchers to use when visiting the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library)
Newton County Library Has Useful Facilities
The Newton County Library offers a nearby facility in which to do
your genealogical research. The new building is large and spacious
and the room in which the genealogical records are housed is spacious
and well furnished.
The genealogical room has three terminals for on-line research. These
are not shared by other library patrons; but, are used exclusively
for genealogical work. These terminals also allow use of the extensive
collection of CD Roms which are available. There are two additional
terminals in the genealogical room which are used to access “Pines”,
the Georgia on-line catalogue of library books held in many public
The library has the soundex for 1880 through 1930, the recently released
census. It has microfilm in 16mm format for all Georgia censuses including
that recently released for 1930. It has the 1880 census in a readable
print. The copy of this census at the Rockdale Library is not readable
as those of you know who have tried to use it. Microfilm of newspapers
begins with the Henry County newspaper of 1868.
Here is a list of available materials:
Census records on film
Roster of Georgia Rev. & Confederate Veterans
Soundex 1880 - 1930
Marriage, Death, & Divorce Records (On microfitch)
County History Books
DAR Lineage Books & Rev. War in Georgia
Official Records of Union & Confederate Armies (Complete!)
Heritage Room Computers for WEB & 300 CD’s
There is a volunteer on duty three days a week to assist with research.
There is not an organized genealogical society for Newton County as
yet; but, there is a small group which meets and discusses research.
The next scheduled meeting is for Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 1:00 p.m.
to 2:00 p.m.
Old Town Cemetery Confederate Markers
Almand, Henry Pryor 1/7/1821 1/13/1903 22nd Ga. Bat. Co F Newton Rangers.
- Marker found.
Bryant, Claud B.not known 2/5/1937 Ga. Pvt. 402 Res. Labor Br. - Marker
Butler, Wm. T. 1/5/1834 6/15/1925 Co. B. 34th Ga. Inf. - Marker found.
Christian, J. M. 9/9/1836 3/15/1895 Co. F. 2nd Ga. Res. - Marker found.
Cowan, Samuel J. 2/26/1828 5/11/1896 Co. E. 42nd Ga. - Marker found.
Dukes, Hardy (no Dates) Co. E. 43rd G. Reg. - Marker found.
Elliott, G. Presley 7/24/1835 7/14/1894 19th Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Farill, F. C. 1/16/1840 4/21/1882 1st Ga. Reg. - Marker not found.
Gailey, Jay Owen 3/11/1844 12/27/1879 Co. 4 52nd Ga.Reg. - Marker
Harper, J. F. Co. F. 42nd Ga. Reg. - Marker not found.
Hardin, S. H. Co. F. 42nd Ga. Reg. - Marker not found.
Langford, John W. 9/18/1826 2/20/1891 Cooks Battalion - Marker found.
Maddox, J. D., Sr. 7/8/1832 10/6/1904 Co. G. 19th Ga. Reg. - Marker
Mitchell, A. P. 12/23/1833 5/1/1904 9th Ga. Reg. Art - Marker found.
Morris, Joseph C. 4/2/1830 4/10/1870 Phillps Legion - Marker not found.
Petty, W. H. 4/28/1842 6/14/1896 Co. E. 53rd Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Richardson, James (No dates) Co. B. 8th Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Richardson, Malochi 6/15/1838 7/6/1864 Co. H. 3rd Ga. Reg. - Marker
Rhodes, H. J. Captain C. A. Zachry’s Cav. - Marker not found.
Shipley, W. T. (No Dates) Co K. 7th Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Stewart, J. A. Dr. 3/6/1823 3/28/1899 Cap. Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. -
Stewart, J. A. B. 12/2/1840 6/221/1891 Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. - Marker
Swann, M. F. 7/26/1842 5/17/1891 Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Smith, Andrew J. 9/4/1844 7/24/1911 1st GA. State Troup. - Marker
Smith, W. B. 1835 - 1911 Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. - Marker not found.
Toundsend, M. G. 10/9/1821 9/9/1887 Co. F. 42nd Ga. Reg. - Marker
Travis, A. C. W. MD 12/18/1835 4/3/1890 Asst Surgeon 6th Ga. - Marker
White, Hugh L. (No Dates) Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Willingham, J. T. Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. - Marker not found.
Wooley, Hansford Date died: 4/29/1862 Co. B. Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Wooley, Isaiah 1837 - Nov/1877 Co. F. 42nd Ga. Reg. - Marker found.
Zachery, Alfred H. (No dates) Co. H. 3 Ga. Inf. - Marker found.
Taken from Markers:
Maddox, Notley 3/26/1827 5/23/1888 Capt. Co. G. 2 Reg. - Marker noted;
not on cemetery listing.
Wallis, John Floyd 8/29/1847 11/21/1928 Cobbs GDS - Marker noted;
not on cemetery listing.
Almand, David M. 2/21/1847 10/23/1897 Cobbs GDS - Marker noted; not
on cemetery listing.
Almand, John Henry 1/4/1846 7/29/1918 Pvt. C. B. Cobbs Gdn. - Marker
noted; not on cemetery listing.
Hendry, Andrew J. (No dates) Co. B. 18th Ga. Reg. - Marker noted;
not on cemetery listing.
Usenet Will Provide Extensive Information on Genealogy
Usenet is a valuable site for genealogy information. It has discussion
threads on a variety of genealogy topics. These are in the society
topic area. You will find them at <soc.genealogy.methods> for example.
You can access the usenet archives through Google.
The Url is: http://groups.google.com. Go direct to Google
If you want to go direct to the postings on genealogy, you need to
click on “Soc”. This will put you in the menu for Society topics.
Genealogy is one of the many Society discussion areas. Methods and
computing are two of the very useful discussion areas in the genealogy
If you are fortunate enough to have usenet access provided by your
internet provider, you may want to use it rather than Google. Google
is an archive rather than an active discussion provider. If you subscribe
to the service through your provider, you will get the routine download
of the particular discussion area which you subscribe to. This can
lead to a large amount of information on your internet provider’s
web site which you will have to handle and remove frequently.
Google, I find, is a better choice for using Usenet. You can use it
whenever you want without having to be concerned with an overload
of incoming information. Usenet is big with a vast amount of information
on every conceivable topic. You will note that there are no fancy
graphics on usenet. It is strictly a text mode discussion area; but,
this is a plus not a negative. Google allows you to search for anything
that you need. There are likely to be hundreds of “hits” or postings
which contain the text for which you are searching.
Here are a few of the discussion areas which I find interesting:
<Misc.consumers.frugal-living> This area provides information on
to beat the high cost of living. Suggestions for shopping where you
get the best deals is big in this area.
<Alt.education.distance> Get a degree at home using your computer.
Learn about the regionally accredited degree granting institutions
which are available through the internet and other methods of delivery
of course materials.
<Rec.music.makers.songwriting> So you have written a great song.
is where you find out if it is any good and how to get it published.
Update on the Latter Day Saints Church Web Site
A few of you may be aware of this, but the IGI online at http://www.familysearch.org/
is now being updated daily in some cases. Click here to go to the Church site
The LDS Church processes thousands of names a day, and rather than
have us wait three or four years for the IGI to be updated on CD,
they are discontinuing the CDs and will now put all future entries
on the Internet.
As mentioned before, in some cases this will be daily. So you might
want to check it from time to time to see if any of your ancestors’
names show up.
However, the online IGI may still be missing a few names. I just got
done with someone who said some names she knew about on the CDs are
not online yet. A small glitch to be sure, but be sure to check at
your FHC to see what the discs may have that the IGI online is still
missing. The LDS Church is working on this disparity right now, but
while they hope to get it fixed as soon as possible, they recognize
it could take a while to track down all the strays.
James W. Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
** The great advantage of the cd version was that its search facility
for baptisms produced results showing the parents immediately, unlike
online, and this allowed elimination of many of the results. It also
used slightly different rules (as far as I can make out) and you could
scroll up and down to nearby names and find unusual spellings which
its search engine did not recognise as the target surname. This is
related to the other point about apparently missing entries -It can
be important for you to recognise that two surnames which are different
local spellings of the one surname, may be regarded by the IGI search
engine as completely different names (because in another area or country
they are indeed different), so that your search fails to find them.
This means you should not regard the IGI (any version) as comprehensive
in its search: check spelling variants if your target person is missing.
“Gordon Johnson” <email@example.com>
JEANS & GENES is a publication of the Rockdale County Genealogical Society
President: Judy Bond
Vice President: Rev. Carl Smith
Secretary: Beverly Beale
Treasurer: Charles Read
Program Chairman: Roberta Wingo
Newsletter Editor: Marion T. Farmer
1500 A. Pine Log Rd. NE
Conyers, Ga. 30012-4753
(The editor expresses appreciation to those whose contributions appear in this newsletter)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND BEST WISHES
FOR A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON