Did you just get a Genealogy DNA kit this holiday season? Not sure how to research records to search for family members?
The Athens-Clarke County Heritage Room welcomes you to this free, informal session. Getting Started with Genealogy will introduce you to the many resources available to you when researching your family history, no matter where your family might have originated or be today. Heritage Room staff will introduce the basics of genealogical research, the resources available, and how to start your family tree project!
All attendees receive an information packet with resources and opportunities to ask questions during the session. Be sure to bring a pencil!
Where: Multipurpose Room C, Athens-Clarke County Library
Athens Historical Society presents: Georgia POW Camps in World War II
Authors Kathryn Roe Coker and Jason Wetzel will discuss their recently released book, Georgia POW Camps in World War II. During World War II, more than twelve thousand German and Italian prisoners captured in far-off battlefields were sent to POW camps in Georgia. With large base camps located from Camp Wheeler in Macon and Camp Stewart in Savannah to smaller camps throughout the state, prisoner re-education and work programs evoked different reactions to the enemy. Join author and historian Dr. Kathryn Roe Coker and coauthor Jason Wetzel as they explore the daily lives of POWs in Georgia and the lasting impact they had on the Peach State. This event is co-sponsored with the Athens Historical Society and the Heritage Room.
Where: Appleton Auditorium for the presentation with a reception in Multipurpose Rooms B & C
Wednesdays from 2-2:45 PM (Library is closed January 1)
Do you have family history documents you’d like to digitize? Are you getting together family photos and slides for a special event? Get help digitizing these family heirlooms for lifelong preservation by registering for a Scanning One-on-One!
As the local history and genealogy arm of the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Heritage Room offers 45-minute personal sessions with a Heritage Room staff member in order to help you safely preserve your family history. This free program will have Library staff set aside time to spend with one person, working with select documents, photos, and slides for family history preservation.
To register for a 45-minute Scanning One-on-One, please visit the Events Calendar, click on the tutorial of your interest, and complete the registration form. You may also register by phone by calling (706) 613-3650 x352, or in person by visiting the Heritage Room during our regular hours of operation.
As the local history and genealogy arm of the Athens Regional Library System, the Heritage Room offers free 45-minute personal consultations with one of our Heritage Room Specialists for novice patrons, genealogists and researchers in need of individualized assistance.
To register for a 45-minute Genealogy One-on-One session with one of our Specialists, please visit the Events Calendar, click on the tutorial of interest, and complete the registration form. You may also register by phone by calling (706) 613-3650 x352, or in person by visiting the Heritage Room during our regular hours of operation.
Join us in celebrating 20 years of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame! Philip Lee Williams, a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, will be honored on his 70th birthday with a reading from his new novel on its publication date, an autographing, and a party at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is requested. A reception will follow.
The new novel, his first since 2012 and 20th published book, is called Far Beyond the Gates and will be published by Mercer University Press. Williams will read from the book and autograph copies afterward. The event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Williams, a 1972 UGA graduate, is a novelist, poet, and essayist noted for his explorations of the natural world, aging, and intense human relationships. A native of Athens, he grew up in the nearby town of Madison. He is the winner of many literary awards including the 2004 national Michael Shaara Prize for his novel A Distant Flame, an examination of southerners who were against the Confederacy’s position in the American Civil War. He is also a winner of the Townsend Prize for Fiction for his novel The Heart of a Distant Forest and has been named Georgia Author of the Year four times in three different categories. In 2007, he was recipient of a Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities and is a winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association.
Where: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library, University of Georgia, Athens
The Robbery and the Reverend: The Fate of Lost Confederate Gold. Bob Young will speak during the monthly meeting of the Brigadier General T. R. R. Cobb Camp #97.
Regular monthly meetings are always on the first Thursday of each month (except July and September) at 7:00 PM at the Senior Center of the Oconee Veterans Park located at 3500 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677. (Once you enter the park, drive past the Veterans' Memorial and the first building on the left is the Senior Center. There are signs posted directing to the center.)
Where: Oconee Veterans Park, 3500 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville
Restoring the Old to Make It Like New: Old Book Repair Day at the North Hall Technology Center
The Hall County Library System will be hosting an Old Book Repair Day on Tuesday, January 14th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the North Hall Technology Center located at 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville, GA.
This year’s book clinic will be offered by Jack Kyle of The Woodstock Book Bindery of Woodstock, GA. Kyle has restored many hundreds of treasured old books, cookbooks, and family Bibles over the past years.
Individuals should bring their books to the Old Book Repair Clinic where Kyle will examine them and provide options and cost for their repair. Books are scheduled to be returned to the North Hall Technology Center on Tuesday, April 7th.
Where: North Hall Technology Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville
When: Tuesday, January 14, 10 AM-2 PM
Contact: (770) 532-3311 ext. 145
The Genealogical Computer Society of Georgia presents Georgia Treasures: Exploring your Genealogy, History and Culture at Public Libraries, with a half-hour presentation on Archiving, What to Do with Your Records withAngela Stanley, Director, Georgia HomePLACE.
Where: Roswell Family History Center, 500 Norcross Street, Roswell, Georgia
When: Saturday, January 12, 9:30 A.M.
The Friends of Georgia Archives & History present Lunch & Learn featuring Dr. Aaron Levy, Director of Academics for Georgia Film Academy, speaking on The Explosion of the Film Industry in Georgia. Lunch & Learn Lectures are free and no reservations are required. Bring a lunch.
Genealogy Program: Organizing Your Paper, Digital, and Web Research
Getting and staying organized can be a real challenge for the family historian, but it’s vitally important to do so. Organizing your research allows you to focus your efforts, expand your research, and avoid duplication. It also makes it much easier to properly cite your sources and share your research with others. Join Sue VerHoef, Director of Oral History and Genealogy at Atlanta History Center, for a program designed to help you manage your files. Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate
Tickets are $15 for not-yet members, $10 for members. Reservations are recommended. For information or tickets, please call 404.814.4150.
Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia
Drawing a tract map may help a researcher identify a community, including neighbors, ferries, mills, cemeteries, historic houses, and many other landmarks. We will learn the basics skills needed to plat a tract of land from land deeds.
Mark Lowe, CG, is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years through YouTube, Webinars, and Institutes.
He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia) and TIGR (Texas), does Webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed.