Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
News Update August 2003
COASTAL GEORGIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS &
REVIEW (AUGUST 2003)
SEPTEMBER 21ST MEETING will
be held at the College Place United Methodist Church on Altama Ave. in
Brunswick at 2 p.m.
JUNE 22nd 2003 MEETING was headed by Dr. Caroline Haley, one of our
members. The title of discussion: Genealogy 101. She reminded us of
things that we usually take for granted after years of research. One
being a research log. Record where you went, what you looked for, and if
you found anything.
I know I have gone over
some things twice when I could have been looking for something else.
Another pointer is to not use initials. Find out what they stand for if
you can, and always include maiden names. Also, there are more records
than just birth, marriage, and death. Awards, citations, heirlooms, are
just a few of the obscure records that people overlook. They may be very
telling if you look a little closer.
THE STARS & STRIPES ONLINE
The Library of Congress'
Serial & Government Publications Division is pleased to announce the
release of a new addition to the National Digital Library - the online
collection The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of
World War I, 1918-1919, available on the American Memory website at: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sgphtml/sashtml/>.
At the direction of General John J. Pershing, The Stars and Stripes
newspaper was published in France by the United States Army from February
8, 1918 to June 13, 1919. By early 1918, American forces were dispersed
throughout the western front, often mixed at the unit level with British,
French and Italian forces. The primary mission of The Stars and Stripes
was to provide these scattered troops with a sense of unity and an
understanding of their part in the overall war effort. The eight-page
weekly featured news from home, poetry, cartoons and sports news, with a
staff that included journalists Alexander Woollcott, Harold Wallace Ross
and Grantland Rice. On borrowed printing presses, using a delivery
network that combined trains, automobiles (including three Cadillacs) and
one motorcycle, the staff produced a newspaper with a circulation that
peaked at 526,000 copies. This new online collection presents the complete
run - 71 weeks - of the World War I edition.
The collection also
includes special presentations that discuss the newspaper's content: its
illustrations and advertising, its publication of soldiers' poetry, its
coverage of women. Brief biographies of editorial staff members and their
later careers hint at the level of journalistic talent within The Stars
and Stripes. A timeline and map place the newspaper within the greater
historical and geographical context of the war.
The collection was
processed with optical character recognition (OCR) software to allow users
to search the full text of the newspaper for a word or phrase. This
feature expands the collection's usefulness to historians and genealogists
researching names and details that do not appear in the headlines. The
Stars and Stripes collection served as a pilot project in the development
of search and display capabilities to be utilized on future releases of
THE BRICK WALL
No submissions were made
for the brick well section this month.
DR. WILLIAMS' LIBRARY & ITS
- Sherry Irvine, CGRS, FSA (Scot)
If you are having
difficulty finding baptism records in England after roughly 1720 and up
until the start of civil registration in 1837 then you need to be aware of
this resource. The register of baptisms maintained at the library for
nearly one hundred years might be the only record of a nonconformist event
in your family.
Dr. Daniel Williams lived
from 1643 to 1716. He was a Presbyterian minister who collected a large
number of books and manuscripts, which he bequeathed to public use. The
library opened in 1729 in Red Cross Street, London; its contents, both
original materials and subsequent donations, pertain principally to the
subject of religious dissent. The library remains in existence today in
London, but it is not necessary to visit it to consult the register.
The General Register of
Births, as the baptismal register was called, was an idea that originated
with a group of Protestant dissenting ministers of what were called the
Three Denominations (Baptist, Congregational, Presbyterian). It began to
collect details of births of dissenting children because so many ministers
of nonconformist congregations failed to keep registers. Arrangements were
made with the trustees of Dr. Williams' Library for the librarian to
receive and record the information. The record-keeping began 1 January
1743 (New Style).
There was a need to
encourage people to submit information, and various tactics were tried.
There was, for example, no charge for the late registration of events that
occurred prior to 1743, so the earliest record is for 1716. There was a
fee for registration, but use increased and many ministers deposited
registers with the library; in 1837 when the records were turned over to
the Registrar General, at the start of civil registration, nearly 49,000
births had been recorded.
All of these birth records
have been microfilmed. They can be consulted in London at the Family
Records Centre in Islington and at the National Archives at Kew. In
addition, they are available on microfilm loan through LDS Family History
Centers. The 2nd edition of the British Vital Records Index (BVRI), which
can be purchased at the FamilySearch website, includes the Dr. Williams'
Library register entries in its database.
SOME USEFUL BACKGROUND
When the registers of dissenting churches were called into the office of
the Registrar General in the mid-1800s, not all complied. Those that were
collected have been filmed, and the majority of these are also available
through the Family History Library (FHL); these are indexed in the
International Genealogical Index (IGI).
It is important to realize,
however, that the contents of the IGI and the BVRI are only some of the
events recorded by dissenting congregations, and probably an even smaller
portion of events that actually took place. A wise researcher will check
what is held by the National Archives and what is in local repositories.
In addition, bear in mind that some registers remained in private hands
and may never emerge into the light of day.
STARTING A SEARCH IN
Refer to the Topographical Dictionary of England (Samuel Lewis, 1831), in
order to discover what nonconformist churches existed in the vicinity of
your ancestors in 1831. This publication is widely available today as a
reprint, on CD-ROM and within the Ancestry.com databases (<http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=4717&key=D7170>
- Editor's Note: Available to subscribers with access to the UK and
Ireland Records Collection).
Next, consult the IGI and
the BVRI, being careful to note what is included. You can get good
details about content within the source information options of the BVRI
and, for the IGI, use the Atlas and Index of Parish Registers (C. Humphery-Smith,
2003), the Parish and Vital Records List at a Family History Center, or
the batch number lists at the Hugh Wallis site:
There are several other ways to check for surviving nonconformist
registers. Using the National Archives website (<http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk>),
search their catalog, Procat; use the place as the keyword and enter "RG"
in the department code box. This tip comes from their own website; try it
and check the results against what is in the FHL. Also accessible through
the National Archives website is the "Access to Archives" search
facility. It references some nonconformist registers in repositories
around the country, and is definitely worth a check. Finally, investigate
the holdings of local libraries and archives.
15-17 August 2003 Augusta Genealogical Societys 24th Annual
Homecoming/Seminar. All day seminars starting on Friday at the AGS
library, Saturday at the Augusta State University, then Sunday back at the
AGS library. Computer workshops, genealogy how-tos, tracing migration
routes, and more. 11 speakers lined up. Registration fees before 13
August for members of the AGS are $30, non-members $35, after 13 August
$40 per person. Optional fees for Friday nights dinner $20, for
Saturdays BBQ $11.75, includes tax & tip. Registration form included
with the postal mailing of this newsletter. For email subscribers, please
send a request for a registration form to
3-6 September 2003 - FGS
Conference in Orlando II - The APG Professional Management Conference. The
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is holding its 6th Annual
Professional Management Conference (PMC) in conjunction with the FGS
Conference. The APG, founded in 1979, is an independent, worldwide
organization of professional genealogists whose growing membership has
just passed the 1,400 mark. APGs objectives are to support professional
genealogists in all phases of their work, to promote professional
standards in genealogical research, writing and speaking and to educate
the membership and public through publications and lectures.
The registration fee for
early registration (before July 15) is $95 for APG members and $120 for
non-APG members. After July 15th the fee is $135 for all.
To attend the PMC,
registration for the FGS/FSGS Conference (at least for September 3) is
1 November 2003, Saturday
The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society will hold a GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
in Jacksonville, Florida. There will be two speakers, one in the morning
and one in the afternoon. Linda Ellwood will lead a workshop on
researching in Florida 1763 - 1821, with emphases on East Florida Papers,
Florida Archives, Florida Land Office. Linda Rosenblatt will conduct a
workshop on military research on the southeast coast, and will include a
Civil War portrayal of the widow Ann Dugger. Call or write the SGES
library office for details of location of the workshop, schedule, cost and
registration - <mailto:email@example.com>;
CUSTER BATTLEFIELD NATION
On 10 December 1991, President George Bush approved the renaming of this
battlefield the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, to reflect
the fact that two groups of Americans fought and perished here.
A monument dedicated to the
members of the Indian tribes who lost their lives here, was to be erected
on the 127th anniversary of the Battle at Little Big Horn.
On 29 January 1879 the site
was designated as a National Cemetery. On 22 March 1946 it was dedicated
as a national monument. And finally in 2003 we are memorializing the fact
that more than just white Americans lost their lives here.
Of the tribes involved were
the Crow and Arikara who guided Custer and the US Armys 7th Cavalry, and
several bands of Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho.
The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony by June Hall McCash; the University of
Georgia Press Athens, Georgia. Extensive history and stories of the
people who made Jekyll Island their home. Starting with Gen. William
Hortons home built in 1736 (rebuilt in 1742 and still standing) and
ending with Villa Mariana built in 1928.
Annual membership to the
CGGS is only $15 for one person or $18 for a family. Membership extends
from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2003.
Remit payment to our
119 Bayberry Circle
St. Simons Is. , GA 31522
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