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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
Walton County's cemeteries compiled

By KENNETH H. THOMAS JR. For the Journal-Constitution

The East Georgia Genealogical Society has published a two volume work recording all known tombstones in Walton County.

The books are titled: "Walton County, Georgia, Cemeteries (East)" and "Walton County, Georgia, Cemeteries (West)." Compiled by society members, the books are dedicated to the late Walter R. Cox, who pioneered cemetery preservation in the county.

The committee that compiled the books included Ted Brooke, Faye Poss, Jane Grider, Jim Patton and John Beckum, along with a much larger team of transcribers.

The books were published with a grant from the R.J. Taylor Jr. Foundation of Atlanta and follow its guidelines for recording cemetery inscriptions. Guidelines and application information are at

The books reflect the best available way to record cemeteries. Each cemetery is given a name or several names, specific directions and location, the actual Global Positioning System coordinates and references to any published or unpublished survey of the cemetery, in case some tombstones are missing.

The date of the survey and the number of graves noted are given. The inscriptions are copied by rows with the information arranged in columns, with all additional information included. This detailed approach keeps familv plots and family relationships together.

Each volume contains appendices of lists of 18th-century births, Revolutionary War soldiers and Confederate soldiers, cemeteries in the other volume listed by name, and there is a full-name index.

The volumes are sold as a set for $68 to nonmembers or $58 to members, plus $6 shipping, from the East Georgia Genealogical Society, PO. Box 117, Winder, GA 30680. They are also sold separately. The society holds monthly meetings and can be reached at gaeggs@email.corn  or at

McIntosh, Gwinnett

Several books are projected to be published by Ann R. Davis on McIntosh County. Her marriage book is ready, and deeds are forthcoming. She can be contacted at, or at Sea Griffin Publishing, P.O. Box 1415, Darien, GA 31305.

The Gwinnett Historical Society is updating its earlier edition with the new title of "Gwinnett County, Georgia, Families, 1818-2000." They want to hear from people before May 1 for inclusion of new information in this edition. Information on submission guidelines is at, or call weekday mornings. 770-822-5174.

Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. at P.0. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031. See

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