Showing posts with label Georgia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Georgia. Show all posts

04 November 2013

Matrimonial Monday: Georgia Marriage Records

     From my experience with Georgia (state) genealogy research, the most readily available marriage records are the Marriage Books kept by the county clerk of the Superior Court.  These books record marriage licenses and go back to 1805 when they were required by law.  They are, for the most part, fully available on microfilm at the Georgia Archive and online at and through the early 1900s.

     Unlike marriage records in some other states, Georgia's marriage records aren't exactly fonts of information.  The license contains only the bride and grooms' names, the date of the marriage, the county it was performed in, and who it was performed by.  There are no ages, parents or specific locations given.

     If you dig a little deeper, often visiting a local courthouse, you might find Marriage Bonds as well.  These are often "loose" records and are likely to have been microfilmed, however they don't provide information on the actual marriage and are thus not as likely to be found online.

     Marriage Bonds represent a groom's intent to marry and his promise to pay a penalty if he backs out or it's discovered that he is not eligible to marry.  The best thing about the marriage bond is that it is co-signed by another person, often a relative of the bride.  Their name might help uncover the bride's family.  These bonds are not proof that a marriage occurred however, so you should rely on the Marriage Books for real evidence.

Images: Top: Marriage License of George Craft and Effie Powell, recorded in "Elbert County Marriage Book, 1882 - 1893."  Bottom: Marriage Bond of Moses Craft and Nancy Hudson, stored in Elbert County, "Marriages box M1 1802-1808."

16 August 2012

Georgia Family History Expo 2012, Nov 9-10

     I'm starting to get excited about this year's Georgia Family History Expo.  Just like the previous two years, it's being held at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.  I attend in both 2010 and 2011 and the Expo is well worth the price.  Here are the details:

  • When:
    • Nov 9th: 1pm - 9pm
    • Nov 10th: 9am - 4pm
  • Where: 
    • Gwinnett Center: 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097
  • How Much:
    • $69 through Oct 9th
    • $89 through Nov 8th
    • $110 at the door
    • $60 per day at the door
     I'm excited to see that Robert S Davis is giving the opening Keynote. I took two of his classes last year and really learned.  I also see a number of classes being offered on a variety of interesting topics for both beginners and advanced genealogists. I don't see any classes on DNA though... I find this surprisings considering the ever growing interested in autosomal DNA for genealogy. Regardless, I'm looking forward to this year's expo and am looking forward to seeing my fellow bloggers there. 

08 February 2012

"My Georgia Ancestors" Map

     I've been looking for a project for my wall, something that would showcase my ancestors on a map.  I wanted something that could be broken down and moved without too much fuss if necessary. I did a google image search yesterday for "genealogy map project" and found the perfect idea.  Today I created my own version of this idea using a map of Georgia pasted to a foam board. It's still a work in progress, but I'm really excited about it and wanted to post it. I'm also planning on doing one for South Carolina.

Georgia Ancestor Map

26 November 2011

Surname Saturday: Logue

     My Great-Great-Great Grandmother was Mary Dora Logue, the wife of Stephen T Boatright. Her parents were Brinson Logue and Naomi Wilcher. The Logue family lived in Warren and Jefferson Counties of Georgia, as well as Glascock County, which was created from Warren County. The family can be traced to Dora's Great Grandfather, Charles Logue Sr (born abt 1761) and his first wife, Maria, of North Carolina.

     The Logue surname is Irish and, as you can see in this map from Public Profiler, is still concentrated in Northern Ireland.  If you are related to this family, feel free to contact me.

10 June 2011

Georgia Archives Hours Changing

GA Archive     I went to the Georgia Archive today and made it in a record time of 45 minutes (yay!). I didn't find out anything amazing about my ancestors but did make one big discovery: The Georgia Archive's hours are changing - again.

     According to a sign in the lobby, staring July 1, 2011, the Georgia Archive will be open Friday and Saturday from 8:30am - 5pm. They will be closed Monday through Thursday. There is no mention of these changes on their website - with less than a month to go!

     That's right, the state's archive will only be open two days a week. How does Georgia compare to research hours at state archives throughout the South? Let's compare:

  • Alabama: Tue-Fri, 8:00-4:30; 2nd Saturdays
  • Florida: Mon-Fri, 9:00-4:30
  • Tennessee: Mon-Fri, 8:00-6:00
  • South Carolina: Tue-Sat, 8:30-5:00
  • North Carolina: Tue-Fri, 8:00-5:30; Sat 9:00-5:00
  • Mississippi: Mon, 9:00-5:00; Tue-Fri 8:00-5:00; Sat 8:00-1:00
  • Virginia: Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00

     So there's no other state in the South East that has cut back so dramatically (back in Oct '10 they were open Tues-Sat). What is Georgia doing? 

22 April 2011

My Most Wished For Genealogical Records

     A little less than a year from now the genealogical goldmine that is the 1940 census will be released. It will be online just as soon as it's available for the public. But there are so many records that aren't available online, records that require travel, money and long waits to acquire.

     This is a list of the top 5 record databases that I would love to see placed online and would help my genealogy research the most. (Note that most of my ancestors lived in Georgia and South Carolina for the past two hundred fifty years or more, so my wants are mostly limited to these states.)

  • USA Navy Records. There are so many Army records online - what about the other branches of the military?
  • South Carolina Marriage Records, 1600-1930s. Many GA Marriage records are already available through Ancestry and FamilySearch
  • SC & GA Divorce Records. If I can see the beginning of the marriage, I'd also like to see the end.
  • SC & GA wills, 1600-1930s. There are some SC wills online via the SC Archive, but I'd love to see more and also wills for GA.
  • SC & GA land records. All types: deeds, plats, homestead exemptions, mortgages, etc.

     For now, I'll have to send off for Family History Center Microfilms (that take about six weeks to arrive) or travel to libraries, archives and courthouses. 

05 March 2010

Historic Preservation License Plate

     Yesterday I paid my "birthday" tax to renewed my license plate. At the same time, I was able to support historic preservation in Georgia.  I selected the new(ish) Historic Preservation license plate for my car.  By selecting this plate, I donated $22 to the Dept. of Natural Resources.  This money will be used by the Historic Preservation Division to help fund historic preservation programs in the Georgia. The money from the HPD has been distributed for these great projects (PDF).

     I'm very glad to live in a state that understands the importance of historic preservation. The GA Archive is always adding new digitized historic documents to their website, and I read that the state had recently teemed up with to digitize a slew of state records. Yay! If the state is doing all that, I really feel that I can give a little extra and help out too.

15 December 2009

The Digital Library of Georgia

A great resource for those researching ancestors in Georgia is the Digital Library of Georgia. This is a free resource from GALILEO, which is part of the University System of Georgia. The DLG offers a wide variety of collection in reference to Georgia's history and culture.

The DLG can be searched via keywords or browsed by topic, time period, county, institution, media type, or alphabetically. Some of the collections appear to be links to other sites (such as Georgia Virtual Vault or different universities) and others are hosted at the DLG. Some of the great collections on this site include:
There are hundreds of collections available via this website. If you have ancestors in Georgia, you're bound to find something of interest here.

04 June 2009

Another GA Death Certificate - with COD

I recently requested four death certificates from the GA Vital Records Department and received copies back in which the cause of death had been removed. It was suggested that this was a privacy issue, and that GA, like many states kept back the COD for deaths within the last 50 years. But, I had received back other certificates, from deaths within that time span, that did include the COD. And, the GA Vital Records Website does not state any such restrictions.

Now, I have received back a fourth recently requested death certificate - and this one did include the cause of death. The funny thing? I received two copies: one with the COD and one without. I only paid for one copy. Also, this ancestor died in 1953, the same year that one of the other ancestors died, and who's death certificate did not include COD.

I have to conclude that the GA Vital Records office doesn't know it's own policies! I've sent them an email, enquiring as to their policy on listing causes of death.

Here is the latest one I received, about my Great-Grandmother, Ruby Lee Waters Huyler. She died of "chronic and acute alcoholism." (click for a larger image)

death: huyler, ruby lee waters

13 May 2009

"State fires head of Office of Vital Records"

Maybe this is why I haven't gotten any of the death certificates I've requested recently...

"[Georgia] State officials have fired the head of the office that handles records on births, deaths, marriages and divorces, saying he displayed gross mismanagement, officials said Tuesday.

“Our internal review revealed gross mismanagement and a lack of professional integrity on the part of the office director, which resulted in his dismissal,” said a statement by Taka Wiley, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Human Resources."

read more

20 March 2009

William Albea - A Brick Wall Ancestor

William Albea is my Great-Great Grandfather and one of my younger brick walls. The information I have for him is:

  • Born: 15 Apr 1872 in Georgia (death certificate)
  • Died: 3 Aug 1936 in Greenwood, Greenwood, SC; Cardio Vascular Disease (death certificate)
  • Buried: Edgwood Cemetery, Greenwood, ", SC (cemetery walk)
  • Parents: Thomas Albea and Sarah Corley (death certificate)
  • Married: 26 Dec 1895 to Nina Frances Sprouse in Lincoln County, GA (Marriage records of Lincoln County, 1806-1955)
  • Children: Everlena Sara, Johnny M., Melvin Anderson, Charles Vernon, Martha Louise "Mattie," Henry Paul, Coleman (Interview, Roy V. Sr. & Betty Albea; Photo Album)
  • 1900 Census, District 76, Bradley, Greenwood, SC
  • 1910 Census, District 39, Sybert, Lincoln, Georgia
  • 1920 Census, Sheet No. 5A, District 80, Greenwood, Greenwood
  • 1930 Census, Sheet No. 16A, District 13, Greenwood, Greenwood, South Carolina
My main problem is that I cannot find William as a boy. I have a likely record of a Willie of the right age in the right place, but he's listed as a grandson, not a son. I need to look for his parents, but they're playing hard to get. I'd like to send off for his marriage certificate as well. I should also interview my Great-Aunt to see what she knows.

17 March 2009

Georgia Vital Records

One fantastic resource for genealogists are state and county Vital Records offices. I've been a frequent requester of records from the GA and SC Vital Records.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources hosts the Georgia Vital Records office. They have a great website ( with information on how to request the records they provide.
  • Birth - $15; state; 1919 to present; certificate provided
  • Death - $15; state or county; 1919 to present; certificate provided
  • Marriage - $10; state, 1952 to 1996; county, pre-1952 & post-1996; license (not application) provided
  • Divorce - $10; state, search & confirmation only, no records provided; county, contact superior court provides record
For each record, the website provides detailed information on what information will be provided, who can request it and what information is required to complete your request. For birth and death marriages, there is an online form that requesters can fill out and print in order to ensure that the correct information has been provided.

Requests can be placed via mail or in person at the Vital Records office in Atlanta. Payment methods include money orders or certified checks for mail requests, or cash for in person requests. Response times for requests vary, with records being received as quickly as two weeks and as slowly as a month and a half.

Today, I mailed off for the marriage license of my GG-Grandparents, Leveret Waters and Louise Smith. I'm eagerly awaiting it's delivery.

Tombstone Tuesday - Witt

Thanks to a volunteer at this week, I have a new tombstone to share. It's the grave of my GG-Aunt, Velma Witt Cromer.

Velma & Edward Cromer

Velma was the daughter of William David Witt and Frances Iola Quattlebaum. She was born on 29 Jan 1905, most likely in Greenwood County, SC. She married Edward Cromer and died on 9 Sep 1981 in Clayton County, GA.

27 February 2009

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

The surname genealogy meme, started at GeneaBlogie

Surnames & Locals:
Albea - Georgia (Lincoln), South Carolina (Greenwood, Greenville)
Barfield - Georgia (Emanuel, Burke)
Boatright - Georgia (Emanuel, Burke)
Craft - Georgia (Elbert, Hart), South Carolina (Anderson)
Dorn - South Carolina (Edgefield, Greenwood)
Farr - Pennsylvania (Tioga), England
Hyler / Huyler / Hoyler - South Carolina (Lexington)
Leaphart - South Carolina (Lexington)
Powell - Georgia (Elbert, Hart)
Quattlebaum - South Carolina (Edgefield, Greenwood)
Waters - Georgia (Cobb, Milton, Fulton, Rockdale)
Smith - Georgia (Milton, Fulton, Rockdale)

Most Wanted Ancestor:
Parents of Leveret Wat(t)ers (b. 1881, Cobb County, GA)

12 February 2009

Happy Birthday Georgia!

Today is the state of Georgia's Birthday! It's also officially Georgia Day.

Georgia is 276 years old, having been founded by James Oglethrope in Savannah on 12 Feb 1733. Today there will be a series of events by the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. Events include a parade and birthday bash (on the 14th) and will honor Georgia native, Johnny Mercer.

Check out for more information.


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