Henry County Families Published

January 16th, 1994

Henry County Families Published

January 16th, 1994


The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Georgia, has just published a very ambitious project, the “First Families of Henry County, Georgia”.  This large-sized, over 750-paged book contains in-depth information about hundreds of families, arranged in alphabetical order and cross-referenced with a full-name index.  The introduction was written by Joseph H.H. Moore, who previously authored a history of Clayton County.  Moore writes a brief overview of the towns in the county and includes a number of clear maps showing how Henry County is divided.  Each family story concludes with a list of sources and has its own numbering system.  Anyone with a link to Henry County should find many clues herein.  This book and earlier ones on the county provide a rich body of research information.  Other counties with active historical and genealogical societies should take note, since this same type of work could be produced on other counties.  The book is available for $65 plus 5% sales tax and $5 postage from the society at P.O. Box 1296, McDonough, GA 30253.


February is Black History Month and on Saturday, February 5th there are a number of events planned at the Atlanta History Center, 105 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta.  A number of important speakers are scheduled, including Herman “Skip” Mason, historian, who operates a research service and recently authored “Going Against the Wind”, a photo-history of Black Atlanta.  There will also be a lot of exhibitors.  For further information for that day as well as other events there during the month, call 814-4949.


Paul Kwilecki’s recent “Lowly Wise:  Book One:  Scenes of Religion In and Around Decatur County, Georgia” is a photo-history of churches and religious activities in this south Georgia county.  While black and white activities are shown, most photographs are of black churches.  The photographs are not identified until the end, leaving the reader to study the photograph without being distracted by a caption.  The author also gives his observations as a conclusion to his photographic history.  This is a slim volume but the photographs starkly capture many rural religious events and is a worthy record.  The book is available for $16.95 plus $3.50 shipping and sales tax from Paul Kwilecki, P.O. Box 5, Bainbridge, Ga. 31717.


“Beginning American Research” taught by Joye L. Quinn.  7 PM-9 PM.  January 25 – March 1, 6 Tuesdays.  $32.  Parkview High School, 998 Cole Rd., Lilburn, Ga. 30247, off US 78 East, at Hugh Howell Exit.  Call (school) 921-9461 after 4, (teacher) 931-1839.


Frank M. McKenney has just published “The Standing Army, History of Georgia’s County Confederate Monuments”, the bulk of the book is devoted to each Georgia county’s major Confederate monument, arranged in alphabetical order by the counties which erected them.  Seventy counties never erected a monument, although Gwinnett dedicated theirs this past September and Madison is still planning.  The author has included information about the patriotic groups such as the UDC who got many monuments erected as well as the monument construction companies such as McNeel Marble of Marietta.  The first county monument, that in Baldwin County, was put up in 1868.  Each county monument is documented by references and some are photographed.  One chapter is devoted to the few monuments honoring women.  The book is an important reference for anyone interested in the Civil War and especially in travelling about Georgia observing historical markers and monuments.  Published through W.H. Wolfe Associates, the volume is available for $19.50 plus $3 shipping from Frank M. McKenney, 302 Oldham Bldg., Macon, GA 31201.


“Virginia Genealogy:  Sources and Resources” by Carol McGinnis is a new volume which looks at Virginia’s records from both the state-wide aspect as well as on a county-by-county level.  It should answer any questions anyone has on Virginia.  Sample chapters discuss migration patterns and reasons for settlement.  Alternate sources, census records and their substitutes, all help make up for the loss of records.  The different “people of Virginia” are covered in one chapter as are African-American research sources.  The chapters on each county and city (Virginia has many cities which keep their own records) are perhaps the most valuable.  The bibliography is also arranged by counties, providing a great checklist of books.  Anyone with Virginia research needs could not go wrong checking this book.  It is available for $35 plus $3 from Genealogical Publishing Co., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21202


Warner Robins is one of Georgia’s most recent cities, having been created in 1943 in Houston County, at the site of the town of Wellston.  The new town was named for General Augustine Warner Robins who died in1940.  Now comes Claire M. Dixon’s “Warner Robins:  The Second 25 Years” sponsored by the city itself.  The book covers the history of the city in some depth since it covers such a short and recent period of time.  Of interest to genealogists are the chapters on churches and the one on obituaries from 1969-1992 of certain key figures as well as reminiscences.  Published through W.H. Wolfe Associates, it has a full-name index, and is available from Mayor’s Office, 700 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, Ga. 31093 for $18 plus $3 postage.