Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree -
A new reference work covering Walton
County, GA Cemeteries
East Georgia Genealogical Society
Monroe, Walton County, Georgia February 20, 2003
The East Georgia Genealogical Society announces the
publication of a new reference work covering Walton County, GA Cemeteries.
These books are now available to the public, to libraries, to genealogical
societies, to historical societies, to government agencies, and to E.G.G.S.
This massive work is a completely new compilation.
All the known cemeteries in Walton County, Georgia as of late 2002 are
included. The work is being published in two volumes, Walton Co., GA
Cemeteries (East) and Walton Co., GA
State Highway 11 was used as the East-West dividing
line for division of cemeteries in these two volumes. This dividing line
is a historically significant route based on a road used by early
Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy
through the publication period. Latitude and longitude (GPS) coordinates
are included. Global positioning equipment, provided by the Walton Board
of Commissioners, was used for these data. This will allow City, County
and State officials to mark maps with the presence of all cemeteries for
zoning or other land use issues.
These books are dedicated to the late Walter R. Cox
of Monroe, Walton County. Walter, an E.G.G.S. member, was an avid
supporter and participant in this effort. Before his demise, Mr. Cox was
Coordinator of the Walton County Cemetery Locator Project and felt
strongly that burial sites should not be destroyed as time goes on and
that the heritage of Walton County families be preserved
E.G.G.S. has also been aided in locating the sites
of some of the little known, hard to find, graves by the Matthew Talbot
Nunnally Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) of Walton County.
Jim Patton, President of the East Georgia
Genealogical Society, said,
"These reference volumes have been long awaited
by the genealogical community.
Walton County has been a central early Georgia
county, through which many hundreds of settlers and their families
have passed. Thousands of descendants of these early settlers continue
to live in Walton County.
But also, scattered across our nation and the
world, there are many tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands,
of living descendants of these early settlers and their families.
Some descendants will find significant and long
sought information for their personal genealogies and family histories
contained in these volumes.
This work, which was begun in 2000, represents
an enormous effort by many of our member-volunteers. Many thousands of
person-hours have gone into this massive undertaking.
The publications would not have been possible
without the generous support of the R. J. Taylor Foundation and the
Walton County Foundation, Inc."
John Beckum, E.G.G.S. member, Walton County
resident, and genealogist said,
"What do chiggers, mosquitoes, poison ivy,
sunburn, rain, and mud have in common with the Walton County
Cemeteries books? Those of us who did the field work found out the
answer to this question in a hurry.
While a lot of cemeteries are well kept and well
preserved, we found that a lot more were overgrown and hard to find.
We kept on with our work, nevertheless. The results have been worth
We were careful to preserve cemetery data in the
order of the graves for a given graveyard. Details were noted of all
names, dates, and full inscriptions for every gravestone and tomb
maker. We went to all sites on several occasions to check, recheck,
and check again all data.
We wish that everyone with an ancestor who is
buried here could come and enjoy beautiful Walton County. But for
those that cannot or who are not physically able, we have brought the
data they need to them. And no chiggers nor poison ivy!"
These volumes are beautifully bound, in 6"x9" size,
552 pages for "East", 624 pages for "West". Both volumes have full name
indexes and pertinent appendices. Copies of these works may be obtained
from the East Georgia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 117, Winder, GA
30680. Walton Co. GA Cemeteries (Set): Members $58 Non-members $68 (+$6
s&h); individual copies Walton Co. GA Cemeteries (East) or (West): Members
$34 Non-members $37 (+$3 s&h)
The East Georgia Genealogical Society is a
non-profit organization which serves the following 28 Georgia Counties:
The East Georgia Genealogical Society currently has
over 380 members nationwide. Georgia residents account for 50% of the
total, Texas for 10%, Florida 6%, California 4%, North Carolina 3%, and 23
other states make up the balance of 27%.
Objectives: 1) To
disseminate and accumulate research materials concerning the early
settlers of Georgia, specifically in the 28 counties (listed above) to aid
genealogical research. 2) To collect, transcribe and abstract various
county records of historical and genealogical significance through its
quarterly, Georgia Settlers and other publications.
quarterlies are issued in February, May, August and November with a
minimum of 40 pages per issue. Each issue is fully indexed. The focus of
the quarterly is never before published county records abstracts, for the
28 counties served by E.G.G.S.
Membership: Open to
any person interested in promoting the objectives of the East Georgia
Genealogical Society upon payment of the annual dues. Individual
memberships are $18/yr.; Family memberships - $23/yr.; Organization
$18/year; and Student memberships - $13/yr.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM.
Website: Visit the
E.G.G.S. web site at:
to learn the location and schedule of monthly meetings (speakers, topics,
Other material to be found on the web site include
- 2003 Membership Form
- Contents & pricing of quarterlies for 2000, 2001,
- List of various book publications
- Queries for the 28 counties represented by
- Current E.G.G.S. project(s)
- Jackson Co. Pauper's Farm List
- Oglethorpe Co. Index to Estate Files 1790s to
- Tax Defaulters Lists for:
- Jackson Co. 1808-1811
- Oglethorpe Co. 1809
- Clarke Co. 1809 & 1812
- Madison Co. 1812
- Links to other genealogical sites
April/May 2003 Index Page