Are you planning a trip to
Europe this year? If you are, it might be good for you to know that twelve
countries in Europe have converted their currency to the new "euro."
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have converted. Vatican
City, San Marino, Montenegro, Monaco and Andorra are associated countries
that will also convert.
Great Britain, Denmark and Sweden will not convert.
In Germany, there will be a grace period. Until February 28, 2002, you may
use either the traditional Deutsche mark or the new euro - and both will
be accepted as legal currency.
The new euro coin will have the same face or front side in each of the
countries involved in the conversion. The backside of each coin will be
different for and specific to each of the countries in which they will
Bank notes, front and back, will all be the same, regardless of the
country in which they circulate.
Speaking of traveling...My best friend since 7th grade, Marti Van Horne,
and I go most every summer somewhere exciting and take a whole crowd of
folks with us. Our trip this coming summer is called MacFrance 2002. We'll
explore Celtic Brittany and Normandy with visits to the American memorials
at Normandy and Omaha beaches.
We've planned the trip for the first two weeks in June. We limit the
number on the tour to about twenty-five.
We've made three trips - to Scotland, England and Wales plus the Shetland
Islands - and about half of the travelers each summer either go on every
trip or have made their second trip with us! We really do learn a lot and
we really do have a grand time. We've made friends that will be forever
If you'd like a brochure about MacFrance 2002, just give me a call at the
library (229-985-6540) or come by.
Did you know that Georgia libraries now offer GALILEO Internet access to
This means that every single teensie-tiny library in Georgia has the
opportunity to open a huge world of genealogical information to their
At the library in Moultrie, we have one of the premier genealogical
libraries already...and the addition of AncestryPlus via GALILEO is just a
You must access AncestryPlus from the library and there is a time-specific
Come to the library and explore this grand new resource!
If you plan to visit Atlanta and utilize the Georgia Archives, beware of
the new hours of operation there.
The Georgia Archives will be closed on Mondays for the next year and a
Ground was broken for a new archives building last October - and it is
estimated it will take another year and a half for the new building to be
completed. In the meantime, there is much to be done by archives staff to
prepare for the big move. The Monday closings will give staff time to do
that preparation work. The new Atlanta Archives will be located in Morrow,
If you are researching a slave ancestor or an ancestor who may have owned
slaves, go to
http://www.freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajac/ Only the large
plantations are listed here, but it is a valuable tool just the same. You
will still need to go to the slave owners schedule for the 1850-1860
census to get all of the needed information.
If you have local Colquitt County stories, queries, recipes, etc., and
would like for them to be in this little column, please come see me at the
library in Moultrie or give me a call at 229-985-6540.