Y2.2K NEWS9 283 Moss Oak Lane ST SIMONS ISLAND GA
31522 SEPTEMBER 2002
SEPTEMBER 15th MEETING
will be held at College Place United Methodist Church on
Altama Avenue, Brunswick, at 2PM. The informal program will be a "Show
and Tell". Everybody please bring an example of your more successful
genealogy. You may yet find sympathy too, though your brick wall be
solid as a rock. In all our failed searches, most of us have had
successes that will help others in their search. We'll all learn
something! We will preceed the program with a short business meeting
purposing to set up our Year 2003 schedule and plans. Bill Smith will
preside over this part of our program. Please be there. CGGS needs
September 15th will
mark our last scheduled meeting for 2002, unless we have a Christmas
gathering [at the home of a member?]. Experience proves December a
busy month for most of us, so we'd best plan any gathering for an
early date say, December 1 or 8. Lets talk it up, especially since
were only getting together on a quarterly basis - just four regular
meetings during the year. If we want to have a Christmas get-together,
come prepared to talk it up. If we all truly want to do something
toward a Christmas party, it will be a success!
BETH GAY'S The Family Tree:
Beth has graciously invited CGGS to display our monthly
NewsLetter on the electricscotland.com website, and you can see
the JULY-AUGUST issue right now! It comes out in four miniature pages
that you can click on to blow each page up to a readable size. Darn
clever, these Georgia lassies and laddies!
WESTVILLE, GEORGIA'S WORKING 1850s
TOWN had an outbreak of Yellow Fever on August 31st 2002
-- a virtual outbreak, not an actual one. In reality, they had a
day of programs explor-ing the historical stresses of disease outbreaks.
Yellow Fever, a dramatic summertime malady which panicked all Nineteenth
Century Americans was the focus of the August "epidemic" in the 1850s
Village of Westville.
The programs were based on
research by Colum-bus State University (CSU) Archives and their historian
John Lupold into Yellow Fever scourges in the antebellum South.
In the 1850s, no one knew about
bacteria or anything such as West Nile Virus. Doctors talked instead about
miasma (bad air). Nor had they yet fathomed the benefits of
sanitation in disease pre-vention. Therefore, when an epidemic occurred
whole populations panicked, misguided by wild superstitions. It took
Dr.Walter Reed and his United States Yellow Fever Commission to prove the
connection in 1901 between the carriers of the disease - mosquitoes to
people - not people to people.
Neighbors would avoid eachother
whenever word spread that a neighbor had a disease. Several cases of a
disease within a town might cause travelers to avoid that town "like the
plague". Ensuing panics could virtually destroy commerce among towns, so
local newspapers often featured articles about other towns and their
epidemics, rather than writing any revealing stories about their own
troubles. Fear of a neighbor with the disease proved to be unfounded, but
they had not yet learned that fact of life.
During the lifetime of towns such
as Westville is designed to emulate there were many sicknesses. About half
of all children born 150 years ago died before they grew to adulthood.
Savannah lost 27 citizens to Yellow Fever in one 24 hour period alone in
1850, only a year or two after a Cholera epidemic had swept across our
country. Yellow Fever returned in 1852 to kill 8,000 people in New
Orleans. [Maybe people became too weakened in those pre-Civil War years to
swat those pesky critters - no wonder we almost lost the Civil War
a dozen years later]
Yellow Fever would continue to
plague us until in the Spanish-American War (1898) when medical teams
began studying casualty lists and determined that deaths from disease
outnumbered battle deaths five to one. That was the point when the Yellow
Fever Commission set out to control mosquitoes. [but their method of
spraying oil on every puddle of water to deny air to mosquito larvae would
likely not be permitted in our ecologically enlightened day]
FORMER CGGS'er JOYCE VanMETER:
now living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a frequent e-mail
visitor to our editorial In-Box. She receives the E-mail version of the
CGGS News-Letter, and writes interesting comments, always deserving of
space in subsequent CGGS News-Letters. ["Feedback" is a Hershey bar to any
Joyce belongs to the Bates family
(her maiden name) of Old Virginia, one of several families in her area for
which a DNA program is being tested on direct line males to connect them
to the proper ancestors.
Results of some of these tests
have begun to come in and , disappointingly, Joyce's Bates connection does
not appear eligible. She says she is now quite certain that her Bates
ancestor was from Pennsyl-vania, passing through Virginia for only a short
while, then on to Western Kentucky. [sounds like my kind of luck, Joyce].
But Joyce has not given up!
Joyce attended a wonderful
week-end seminar re-cently on Civil War action in her area, and writes
that one particular talk of interest was West Virgin-ia's breakoff from
Virginia. About 2/3 of the pop-ulation enlisted on the side of the Union,
while the remaining 1/3 sided with the Confederacy. After the War, those
who aided the Confederacy were greatly discriminated against, among other
things not being allowed to own property, or to vote, for a very long time
after hostilities ended.
West Virginian's breaking away
from the South was not so much about the War, as it was being so far away
from the capitol, Richmond, and having such different views in general
from the Tidewater Virginians
.they had always been at odds with each
other. [and to this day, Washington area Virginians continue at odds with
Tidewater Virginians, as well as with Piedmont and mountain Virginians].
------------Thanks, Joyce, you
write wonderfully well but we promise not to publish all of your
WAYCROSS FRIEND OF CGGS:
Walter K. Sylvester sent e-mail very much related to our genealogy
interests. The following excerpts are taken from his quotes of a story
by Telegraph Staff Writer Gray Beverly:
While Earl Colvin's friends are
drowning worms in the ponds of Jones County, or chasing hunting dogs, or
losing golf balls at the nearest golf course, he will most likely be
researching Jones County, Georgia gravesites.
At least five generations of
Earl's heritage lie buried in Jones County - his is a natural interest
in grave site preservation. And he finds a surprizing lot of local
history too, as he works to record grave marker inscriptions.
Colvin has already registered
178 gravesites and about 8,000 graves in his county. He logs
coordin-ates for each grave, using a Global Positioning Sys-tem device
(GPS), and creates maps for many of the larger cemeteries. For graves,
marked only by a rock or depression in the ground, he logs them too, men
and women, black and white - if they are buried in Jones County he will
work to find and log them.
Georgia College & State
University Professor of Information Services, Susan J. Harrington has
become interested in Earl Colvin's project. She declares, "The data he's
got is just fantastic, I don't know how he does it. I've never seen
anything like that." [But most of us have]. Susan is a DAR, and
has created a website of graves for Baldwin, Hancock and Jones counties.
Go first to:
Colvin's information can be
found on the above website, with indexes of family and cemetery names
and, in many cases, included directions and photos. Did you know that
the first licensed woman doctor is buried in Jones County? Colvin's work
uncovered this little-known fact.
Colvin's and Harrington's work
will help genealo-gists and families for years to come, and perhaps help
to shield cemeteries from developers and van-dals. Both researchers
rightly note that federal law includes stern penalties for those who
vandalize or desecrate grave sites [but sadly true too, only if the
perpe-trator gets caught in the act- which ain't easy!].
its webmaster, Alastair McIntyre, as its Family Tree Internet editor.
Alastair is a native Scotsman who actually lives in Scotland. Electric
Scotland is the largest historical Scottish Internet site on the entire
World Wide Web. He has more than 8,000 pages of history, genealogy and
clan (family) information among other information, and even out-of-print
books. Al McIntyre says that Electric Scotland has 10,000 visitors each
Beth Gay, Editor-in-Chief of
The Family Tree, writing in her monthly "Hunting Forebears"
genealogy column in the Florida Times-Union, Prime Time supplement
comments: "Our beginnings on Electric Scotland have been amazing. We've
already heard from [website] visitors from Iceland, Australia, New
Zealand, all over the United States and all over the world [Boy! This
Georgia girl Thinks Big]. With the Internet, we're all as close as
our computer keyboards".
Beth continues, "Visit:
browse through the wondrous
collection of things Scottish. Click on the Family Tree masthead at the
top of the first page and browse through our Family Tree pages. We invite
genealogical and historical societies, Scottish clan and ethnic groups to
publish their own newsletter on the Internet within our Family Tree pages
[this is totally generous, isn't it].
We invite those who do Scottish
crafts to become a part of our Internet 'Crafty Scots' and show off what
you do. We invite you to report Scottish wed-dings or new babies born
[seriously, not those bonny wee Scottish critters too!]. We hope it will
be a place where the world will feel at
home. in an age of marvels,
HISTORICAL ATLAS TO ALL 159
GEORGIA COUNTY COURTHOUSES on the Internet. It has maps for various
years, when each county was established, and many other features, at:
A NATIVE AMERICAN GENEALOGY SITE:
stores a profusion of indexes of
rolls of Native American Land Patents, Final Rolls of the Five Civilized
Tribes, Circle of First Nations, Dawes Packets, Fort Smith Criminal Cases,
and other information on selected tribes.
COLLECTED INFORMATION ON COUNTIES
including officers, C.H. addresses, cities in county:
U.S.FEDERAL CENSUS GLITCHES:
- There was no Federal Census taken
- Parts of the census have been lost
- Many census takers did not take
their responsibility seriously and were poorly trained.
- The first census asked only 7
questions. The earlier the census the fewer questions were asked.
- Whole families were sometimes left
off the census if they happened to be away from home or visiting kin. In
multi-family dwellings some families were overlooked.
- Some census takers did not follow
instructions and left off answers for some of the questions.
- Small children home alone, or
neighbors, were sometimes asked to answer census questions or the
enumerator guessed at answers himself.
- Paper, ink and handwriting were
often of poor quality.
- Answers filled in later by the
enumerator often reflected his poor memory or faulty understanding of the
- Some microfilms produced years
later have been poor quality, too dark, too small, unreadable.
- Census searches for persons living
in large cities can be difficult when you must know the ward or part of
the city they lived in.
- Families, as well as census, takers
often spelled surnames without rhyme or reason, thus causing confusion
down through the ages.