1994 Produced Many Important Sources, Books

December 18th, 1994


Update: This column was never published. My editor informed me that the AJC did not like end-of-the-year summaries of events., etc. Information mentioned herein was previously covered in earlier 1994 columns. KHTjr., December 13, 2010.

As 1994 draws to a close, its time to look back toward the high points. The release of the Georgia Vital Records Index to Death Certificates (1919-1993) was the most important event of the year. Since September, the index, on microfiche has been available at the Georgia Archives, and available for purchase by other libraries and individuals. A number of county histories were published: Calhoun, Dodge, Haralson, and reprints of Camden and Lamar. “First Families of Henry County, Georgia” was also an important book. The Georgia Historical Society, the state’s oldest historical organization, announced an annual award for the best county history and will honor one of those published during 1992-1993 at the spring meeting, 1995. The award honors Lilla Mills Hawes, director emeritus of the society, who died this year.

Civil War Sources

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Georgia Division, completed their 10-volume “Ancestor Roster”. They also reprinted the six-volume “Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia” by Lillian Henderson, all while celebrating their centennial. “Southern Loyalists in the Civil War” by Gary B. Mills, a new, nationwide index to Civil War claims and “Camp Fires of Georgia’s Troops”–a listing of 747 camps where Georgia’s Civil War soldiers camped– by William Smedlund were published. Frank McKenney published “The Standing Army” concerning Georgia’s Confederate monuments and the University of Arkansas continued their series “Portraits of Conflict” where they intend to publish actual photographs of Confederate soldiers. Nancy Cornell launched her series on Georgia’s Joe Brown Census with “1864 Georgia Militia”. “Roll of Honor”, a ten-volume set of burial records of Union soldiers, was reprinted.


Indexes to the “Augusta Chronicle” (vol. 4, 1821-1830) and Milledgeville’s “Georgia Journal” (vol. 3, 1824-1828, and vol. 4, 1829-1835) were completed. Tad Evans, who is continuing the “Georgia Journal” series after the death of Fred Hartz, also published three volumes on Washington County newspapers, 1852-1889. Methodist newspapers have been indexed further by Brent Holcomb. One book covered deaths from the “Southern Christian Advocate” (1867-1878) and the other marriages for the same years.


This column, along with the rest of the newspaper, went on-line for public access, with the advent of Access Atlanta, through Prodigy. Columns since early summer have been carried.


The National Archives, Southeast Region, in East Point (763-7477cq) announced their opening on the Sunday following the second Saturday, but at year’s has had to reduce other hours. The Roswell Historical Society has opened a genealogy and local history room in the new Roswell Municipal Auditorium. The Rockdale County Genealogical Society was also formed this year.