A Guide To Searching familysearch.org

FamilySearch.org likely holds answers to at least some of your family tree questions. The trick to finding those answers is learning how to dig through the incredible amount of ancestor information on the free genealogy website. Family Tree Magazine offers a free guide, 38 FamilySearch Search Tips: Find Free Genealogy Records Online, to assist you in searching the site. To …

Volunteering with CCGS

Make A Difference in the Genealogical Community – Volunteer Today! Carroll County Genealogical Society is looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to make a positive contribution in the genealogical community. Below are the areas where we have opportunities.   Wednesday Special Collections Volunteers Volunteer for two hours on Wednesdays as a host in our Special Collections room at the Neva …

Genealogy of a Community

Date and Time: Wednesday January 21, 2015 8:00 pm EST. Topic: Developing the Genealogy of a Community: A Case Study Presenter: Tim Pinnick FREE WEBINAR  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Tim Pinnick will present the details of a long-term project revolving around the collection of information on a group of (African Americans) miners in a specific community into a major database …

New Collection in Special Collections

Special Collections has acquired approximately five hundred reels of microfilm comprised of The Atlanta Constitution daily newspaper. The microfilm covers the ten years from 1985 through March 8, 1995. It is accessible and can be used in the Special Collections room of Neva Lomason Public Library in Carrollton, Georgia. Submited by Carol Ferling, Library Coordinator

May 30, 1868: Decoration Day

In the years immediately following the Civil War, one way Americans sought to remember the multitudes of war dead was by holding “decoration days”—days on which they would gather to decorate the graves of those who died in the conflict. Although many local groups and communities had their own decoration days, including well-known ones in Waterloo (New York) and Charleston …

If Only He Had Asked. . . .

A phone call from a friend brought to light a “I don’t know what to do with this stuff” dilemma. The newcomer to family research had died without ever organizing his notes and documents. The surviving spouse had no idea what to do with the assortment of papers found in several different places throughout their house. Actually, it was apparent …

Lookie — Lookie

Lookie — Lookie what I found in land deeds! In these days of Ancestry.com quick and easy family connections, etc. don’t be fooled by thinking that you are getting the real story. The dates, family names, etc may be correct BUT all that leaves out the STORIES. In searching through “stuff” that I discovered in an old trunk before my …

My Aha! Moment

  When was your very best “Aha! moment”? Mine came at the end of a very long and frustrating day sitting in front of a microfilm reader in the Birmingham Public Library. I had one of the worst headaches I’ve ever had, the library was closing in twenty minutes, and I was no closer to finding my grand-father-in-law than I …

In Barrack and Field

This is the second blog in the “Lo and Behold Series” begun April 20.  This was written by Pat Harrington, a member of the CCGS and Alabama resident.   As a young girl, my grandfather showed me a copy of a War Between the States book that a relative had written.  Lieut. Col. John Bramblett Beall, my fraternal GGG Uncle, …

“Lo and behold” We have a treasure trove!

“Lo and behold” We have a treasure trove   IN OUR QUARTERLIES! I found my Great, Great Grandfather’s Death Notice with a simple search through the indexes of our Carroll County Genealogical Society!  Here’s how it works: Sitting at my own computer (in my own home), I go to www.ccgsga.org —– When the page opens up, I then click on “Index …