Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication

                                                                        November, 2004

            November Meeting

The November meeting will be the annual anniversary celebration with
refreshments. We are also scheduled to elect new officers.  If anyone
would  like to serve as an officer or committee chairman,  please
advise Bill Freese. 

         Genealogy Programs in 2004

Gerre Byrd and Norma Owens, our program committee, arranged a variety
of interesting programs for our enjoyment this year. Three of our
speakers focused on the methods and materials of genealogical research.
Walter Freeman of the East Georgia Genealogical Society in a lecture
entitled “Kith and Kin” explained the definitions of kinship. For
example, what is the difference in your second cousin and your first
cousin once removed? Robert Davis, prolific author and professor of
genealogy at Wallace State College, Hanceville, Alabama, talked to
us about how to find records of our Confederate ancestors. John Vogt,
expert on Colonial Virginia and publisher of genealogical materials,
enlightened us about early Virginia records.

Three speakers helped us understand more about our southern heritage.
Peter Bonner, expert on Gone With the Wind, entertained us with true
stories about Margaret Mitchell and the writing of Gone With the Wind.
Cindy Smith Brown, author of Sweet Dirt and Southern Bones, read passages
from her book. David Leinweber, professor at Oxford College, and his
wife Mary entertained us with music from the Civil War period.

Two of our own members presented informative programs. Martha Brown
presented a program on “Sailing Ships” and gave us information on
how to search ship records for our ancestors. Bertha Little presented
a program on “The First Ten Year of the Georgia Colony.”

Finally, one of the most enjoyable programs was a ”share day” when
members brought maps, notebooks, family trees, and family photographs.
We learned from each other as we shared experiences, methods, and
materials. In our final meeting of the year we enjoy the foods of
our ancestors and reflect on the accomplishments of the society since
it’s founding.

The genealogical society looks forward to additional interesting programs
in 2005.

           Library Visitors Share Research     

Gary N. & Joshua Saxton, 2261 Briarwood Cir., Conyers, GA. Researching
John Saxton of Pensylvania.

Rebecca Roseberry, Porterdale, Ga. Researching Prather? family.
Gene Bivings, Snellville, Ga. No names given.

Mervis Nash Worthy, Lilburn, Ga. Comment: Great collection.

Mary T. Hazel, Conyers, Ga. Researching Stowers family.

Phillis Thompson, Covington, Ga. Researching Marshall P. Bradford.

R. G. Mitchell, Conyers, Ga. Researching Mitchell family.

Louisa Hays Johnston, 533 1st Ave. NW, Arab, Al. 35016. Researching
Parker and Taylor.

Karen Parker, Conyers, Ga. Researching Carpenter family.

Roy C. Peek, Jr., 4421 Hwy 20 NE, Conyers, Ga. 30012. Researching
Peek, Trimble and Rice.

If you are researching the same names, you may want to contact one
or more of the individuals shown here and ask to share your information.
 You never know;  one of these people may have the information that
has been eluding you for years. 

New Books  Added  to  the  Nancy Guinn Shelves

Douglas County, Heritage of GA R 975.8243
Greene County, Cemeteries of GA R 929.5
Jackson County Marriage Records GA R 929.3785
Miller County, Heritage of GA R 975.8964
Milton County Ga. Cemeteries GA R 975.823 ANG
Tift County, Heritage of GA R 975.8882
Walker County GA. Heritage GA R 975.833

Legacy, The Genealogy Program of Choice for Some Genealogists

You may want to  consider Legacy
The basic program is free and unlimited (some features are only in
the deluxe version, $19.95 by download without CD or printed manual
-various combinations of extras available - see website). Problems
can be excluded individually from the list . You can search all records,
new records and those with previous problems or just records with
excluded problems.

Web site creation is built in. along with a number of other features
PAF 2 didn’t have, including an extensive report menu and excellent
source citation. Frequent free updates are available and the upgrade
to a new version is inexpensive.

I teach computer use for genealogists with my local society and a
number of our users have gone to Legacy after trying more widely advertised
programs that don’t offer the same features or cost a great deal more
for them.

No connection, just a satisfied customer.
Victoria Sullivan

Go to Legacy here

    Digital Cameral Use In Genealogy

I have a 4 megapixel Canon G3 that I bought about a year ago. I have
taken over 3,000 shots with it; about half are photographs, but the
other half are various documents like deeds, diaries, newspapers,
etc. I have taken pictures of images on microfilm readers - both backlit
and projectable image type. I have taken pictures of full size newspapers,
pages out of books, diaries, etc. I have never used a tripod, though
I’m sure the pictures in some low-light conditions would probably
have come out better. The bottom line though, is that I am extremely
pleased with the results. Here are a few general comments about features
and other relevant issues:

* The most important feature to get from my perspective is a flip/
rotating LCD screen. This will allow you to frame the image correctly
whether you are taking a picture of a deed in a microfilm reader or
a huge deedbook opened on a table.

* I like the compact flash cards for memory storage. I have 2 256MB
cards and the 32 MB card that came with the camera. If I fill everything
(I never have) I can quickly walk out to my car and download the images
onto my laptop.

* My 4 megapixel camera works fine. I think a 3 megapixel camera would
be adequate for almost everything as well. The only photos I have
taken that are a bit hard to read are when I try to capture a fullsize
newspaper page. The text is legible, but just barely. Usually I will
take a picture of the whole page, then take a closer picture of the
article I am interested in.

* Some facilities won’t allow you to use the camera. I have experienced
that in some county records offices in New York state. I think in
some cases they are afraid they are going to lose revenue. In one
instance I agreed to pay the going copy rate for each picture I took.
It is a much better approach than having their personnel make copies.
I can take images of 10 deeds in the time it takes them to copy one.
They get 10 times as much money, I get 10 times as much research done,
there is less wear and tear on the deedbooks and the employees (where
they are required to do the copying) can continue doing other work
without interruption.

* I have taken lots of pictures of bound books - deeds, county history
books, diaries, etc. Someone mentioned earlier the problem with the
curvature of the pages. It doesn’t look perfect; you can definitely
tell that the pages are curved, but the most important point is that
they are still legible. Even curved handwritten pages tend to stay
pretty focused.

* I have even had good success taking pictures of slides. I bought
a cheap plastic backlit slide viewer that allows you to insert one
slide at a time and view it through a 3 inch x 2 inch screen. I use
the macro setting on the camera (another useful feature), photograph
the slide, then put the image into Adobe Photoshop and crop off the
black space. I shot over 100 slides like this and the quality ranges
from good to excellent.

* The other main feature to have is the ability to manually turn off
the flash, even in low light situations. I think this feature is fairly
standard on all but the cheapest cameras, but I’m not positive.
The bottom line is, I had an idea of what I hoped a digital camera
could do for my genealogy research, and this has exceeded my expectations.

Best regards,

Mike Curtis

      Pines Network Will Make Your Research Easier

The Georgia Pines library network can enable you to go on-line and
search for books which may contain information regarding the surnames
that you may be researching. You can do this from the comfort of your
home; or, you can do it on the computers at the Nancy Guinn Library
which are permanently connected to the system. Doing it at home offers
you the added option of making a copy of the search results on your
computer hard drive and even making a printed copy which can serve
several functions.

Rather than going to various libraries around the state at random
with no idea of what these libraries may have on their shelves regarding
the surnames you are researching, you can go with full knowledge of
where the books are that contain the information you need. You can
walk into a particular library with your printout with the call numbers
etc. and begin using the specific books without any delay. This presents
a startling improvement in efficiency and effective use of time for

Most of the libraries do not allow the circulation or checking-out
of special collections books. While distribution of the books using
the inter-library loan system was the main purpose of the implementation
of the Pines Network, the special collections rooms remain off-limits
to such use. You have to go to the libraries to gain access to the
books. However, using the Pines Network, you can now have the advantage
of knowing which libraries you want to visit to find the books which
contain the information you need.

Point your browser at:   Click here to access the Pines Network

You can sign on as “Guest” and use the password 1337.

There are two fields which you use to search the system. The field
on the left will have a blank where you type in the surname to search.
It works to use the surname and the word family as in “Camp family”
in the blank field. The field on the right contains the name of the
library. It indicates “Library:”. The word “All” comes up automatically
in this field. If you click on the button on the right side of this
field, you can scroll down all the names of the libraries in the system.
You have the option of searching all of the libraries in the system
or a specific library.

If you use the “All” option, the system will return a list of all
the instances of books anywhere in Georgia containing information
on the name you requested. If you use the name of a particular library,
you will get a list of the books which are located in that particular
library having the surname in their search parameters.

The “All” option presents a list which shows the name of the library
on the right side. Rather than the actual name, it will provide an
abbreviation. In order to determine which library name is indicated
by the abbreviation, you need to scroll the library name field down
to the abbreviations which are located at the very bottom of the library
name listing. You will find that you can’t do this while reading the
listing of books. One solution is to open a separate browser window
and sign on in that window and minimize it so that you can bring it
up when needed to view the library abbreviation listing. There is
a printed listing of the library names floating around. You may find
a copy of it, if you are lucky.

Once you make a hard copy of the statewide listing, you can use it
as a master copy of all the available locations of relevant information.
You can check off each book as it is used and save yourself from backtracking.

          East Georgia Meeting Invitaiton

The officers of the Rockdale County Genealogical Society have been
invited to attend a meeting sponsored by The East Georgia Genealogical
Society to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004, at the Oconee County
Library in Watkinsville, Ga. from 11 AM to 4 PM. (A light lunch will
be served.) The purpose of this meeting is “Board of Liaison of Genealogy
and Historical Societies Formation and Initial Meeting.” There are
a number of issues that may be discussed. I plan on attending, Lord
willing and the Creek don’t rise. If any of you are interested in
attending this meeting please let me know through e-mail or phone
by November 6, 2004. If you have questions about this meeting give
me a call at 770-760-1679. My e-mail address is

Bill Freese Conyers, GA


          Cemetery Book Planned For Rockdale

Hello to Everyone, I have missed seeing most of you over the past
year. Although I have not been there to hear the Wonderful programs
which have planned for you I have been in touch. Monday night, Nov.
1, I met with the East Georgia Genealogical Society Officers. As many
of you may know, I have been in the process of working on Rockdale
County Cemeteries to get a “Cemetery Book” for our county in progress.
The time has come, East Georgia will be working on this project with
me. I would like for you to give it some thought of volunteering on
this project. The more working, the faster we can add it to our shelves
in our Special Collections Room. The County cemeteries will have to
all be visited, each grave has to be recorded, we need typists to
format it and proofread the information. The Walton County Books came
out this year, they are wonderful. Please contact me if you are willing
to give a little time to this project. I hope to see you at the next

Judy Bond

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: Judy Bond
Treasurer: Jackie Smith
Secretary: Bertha Little
Program Cochairman: Gerre Byrd
                               Norma Owens
Newsletter Editor: Marion T. Farmer
                         1500 A. Pine Log Rd NE
                          Conyers, GA. 30012