Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
News Update February 2003
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31522 JANUARY 2003
JANUARY 2003 MEETING on the
26th . We greatly enjoyed hearing what Darren Harper, Librarian
at Bryan-Lang Historical Library in Woodbine had to tell us about his
work. We had a good attendance, with plenty of questions and answers.
MARCH 16TH - OUR NEXT MEETING,
will be led by members, Jerry and Norah Martin. Their
topic will be announced in your March NewsLetter. This meeting, as those
in the foreseeable future, will continue at College Place United Methodist
Church, and should begin at 2:00 PM.
WE HAVE A NEW EDITOR FOR THE CGGS NEWSLETTER:
beginning next month (March) Amy Hedrick will begin serving as our Monthly
NewsLetter Editor-in-Chief. We hear that Amy has been working with the
CGGS Official Logo to give it a fresh look, in keeping with a fresh
beginning. As in the past, contributions will be welcomed. You will hear
more about this as Amy gets up steam.
SATELLITES TRACK GEORGIA HISTORY:
Writer Valerie Goddard has just
published he r first book, Get Off the Inter-state, a guide to
historical roadside markers from Chatham to Camden counties
[actually, you won't find many markers, if at
all, if you stay on I-95].
Out of a lifetime love of travel and
writing, and a deepening frustration with her inability to learn very much
about the backwoods places she visited, she determined to research as many
as possible herself, and to write about them in a book.
Ms. Goddard researched for two years in
preparation for her Georgia book, traveling on days off from her job as a
secretary at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. She spent much time with the
aging documents in the Georgia Historical Library at Savannah, wearing
cotton gloves to protect the papers.
Wherever Goddard and her editor
Christine Lindblom located marker sites in backwoods locations they
recorded the latitude and longitude with their handheld Global Positioning
Satilite Device or GPS. These readings are in Goddard's new book, as well
as in her up-coming book on Florida's historical markers from Nassau to
GPS is a series of 24 earth-orbiting
satellites that emit signals that define longitude and latitude for the
GPS user. Automobiles and boats are now often equipped at the factory with
these devices, allowing service companies which constantly monitor them
from a central office to send assistance to stranded motorists and boaters
[for a price, of course].
OBITS FOR CGGS CHARTER MEMBER
Bright Bickerstaff West
who died on January 19th 2003. She had a long record of
service to the St Simons Library, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society,
Daughters of the American Revolution, and to her church. She was a charter
member of our CGGS, and an active member of countless other causes
throughout her active days in the Coastal Area and all throughout Georgia.
We, and many others, will miss her for her cheerful, friendly manner and
extensive knowledge. She was a fine lady.
NOT BE TOO LATE TO MAKE PLANS for THIS CONFERENCE - IF
DRIVING TO NJ IS A BREEZE!
NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY REGIONAL CONFERENCE 22
March 2003 at HYATT REGENCY, Two Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ
08901: Hosted by the Monmouth County Genealogical Society and the Central
Jersey Genealogical Club.
It all sounds very high type, the programs and speakers
the very best. If you are interested in learning from the A-No.1 sources
in modern-day genealogy, visit
www.ngsgenealogy.org to register or learn more. Cyndi Howells (of
Cyndi's List) and Sheila Benedict (not the inventor of Eggs
Benedict; the other one) head-line the all-day Saturday Conference.
BETH GAY'S FEBRUARY T-U COLUMN:
While this month's column is mostly business (the
business of helping to put together and publicize Scottish Weekend in
Moultrie) and it all sounds very interesting for those of Scottish descent
who were able to make it to Moultrie, Georgia February 14-16 for the
excitement, Beth includes the Internet address of The Family Tree, where
you can find out ALL about everything legal.
Beth says it's not too early to plan for Sept.3-6 in
Orlando when The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2003 Conference is
set to be hosted by The Florida State Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box
10249, Tallahassee,FL32302-2249 . On the Internet:
NOT THE CLOTHES DRYER OF YOUR GRANNY'S DAY:
clothes sure smelled better after drying on a backyard clothesline, or
even on a picket fence - and there was just no danger attached
[unless the neighbor's mean dog jumped the fence].
But today's electric or gas dryer is an entirely different animal![and
it can be a mean dog!]
Research by the National Fire Protection Association
found that between the years of 1994 and 1998 clothes dryers accounted for
the most home appliance fires. Clothes-dryer fires caused an average of
14,800 home fires, more than 300 injuries and 16 deaths per year. Property
damage in 1998 alone was estimated at about $67.7 million
[and untold items of family history and genealogical data disappeared from
the earth forever].
While dryer safety is not regular genealogy fare, your
editor feels strongly about the results
of a careless moment in the web of time. Here are a few
safety tips on dryers:
1. Never leave home with the dryer ON.
2. Have a professional installation. Especially, have
regular inspections of a gas dryer.
3. Be sure the electrical outlet for the dryer can
handle the amperage (current) required for your dryer.
4. Remove lint from the filter, and around the drum
after every drying cycle, and never operate the dryer without the
filter in place.
5. Make sure the dryer vent is not crimped or
restricted. The hot exhaust must pass freely to the outside of your house,
or the drum temper-ature can reach dangerous levels. Your house was not
built for what can happen.
TWO MORE BOOKS TO SSI LIBRARY:
With quiet help from member Dot Fowler, two Georgia
County History books were presented to Head Librarian Maureen Hersey on a
morning in early February. Ed Ginn, honorary member of the library
governing board, took several good snap-shots of the presentation, and
your Editor Jim Wroton was on hand to represent CGGS.
We found pictures and the story published in the early
February Coastal Illustrated, The Islander, and The Harbor Sound
news-papers. We appreciate the nice publicity, as we continue to grow and
do more for both of our fine libraries, St Simons Island and Brunswick,
Glynn County Regional.
A GOOD READ: Gone to Georgia, by William C.
Stewart; a continuation of Pendleton District,SC. It examines pioneers who
followed the Great Road from Virginia and North Carolina's Yadkin Country
into South Carolina and northeast Georgia. It includes the 1820 Census of
Jackson and Gwinnett Counties before 1820 but not found in the 1820
Census. A family index is included.
ON BEING A BEGINNER AGAIN: "No matter how long
you've been researching, every time you move your family research to a new
area, you're a beginner again. In genealogy, experience is a wonderful
teacher. Learning how to evaluate different sources, see patterns and spot
apparent omissions in a set of data are skills developed over time with
Experience also teaches that there are times when it is
important to begin again. Moving your research into a new location is one
of those times. " - from Amy Johnson Crow,CG.
BLENHEIM ESTATE, in the City of Fair-fax, Virginia - a
home on the National Register of Historic Places. To become a Civil War
Museum and Site: is seeking Descendants of Union Soldiers.
Union soldiers in 1862 and 1863 were
hospit-alized in the mansion, and many wrote their names on the
wallpapered walls. These signa-tures are now being uncovered from under
the layers of wallpaper by professional conserva-tors. Starting in the
attic, and continuing down to the first floor, signatures are slowly being
discovered, as layers of aging wallpaper are peeled away.
Now, descendants of soldiers known to have been
quartered in Blenheim House are coming forward with personal data and
family history. Visitors to the estate are excited to see their ancestors'
names, and are offering additional information on their kinsmen. As new
names are being discovered, they are being added to the official list of
known patients, doctors and assistants. Here is a partial list, as culled
from a continuing story in NGS News Magazine by Andrea J.
WE'RE COUNTING ON YOU TO STICK WITH THIS AREA'S GENEALOGY! Our interest and input are needed right here where we live!
CGGS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP is $15 SINGLE-- $18 Y----January 1 thru December
Remit to Treasurer at next meeting or mail to : Barbara Baethke, Treasurer - 119 Bayberry Circle ST SIMONS ISLAND
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