Further Events from 1994

December 24th, 1994


Update: This column, like the previous one for December 18, 1994, was never published, see comments above. This one was written to be published on December 25, 1994. The one, below, that was published was hastily written after these two were rejected. KHTjr., December 13, 2010.

A number of important research guides and bibliographies appeared in 1994, including those for Wales, Virginia, and New Netherland (New York). “Chattahoochee Valley Sources & Resources” by John S. Lupold was an important bibliography for records and books from the Georgia counties along the Chattahoochee River.


The R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation continued its support for the publication of Georgia county records and was the funding source for many Georgia projects. County records that were published in 1994, by them and others, include: Deeds for Bartow, Campbell (index only), Cherokee, Henry, Houston, and Macon counties. Jackson County court records, Madison County probate index, and Pulaski County wills were also published. Meriwether County’s marriages and early census records were published. Newton County’s marriages and poor school records were published.


Cemetery records were published for Bartow, Cobb (the National Cemetery), Oconee, and Turner Counties, many with support from the Taylor Foundation.


The Georgia Archives saw the arrival of the Vital Records Index to Death Certificates, the continuation of their popular Lunch and Learn seminars–including one by Martha Redus on Indian Research, the availability of Wilkinson County courthouse records on microfilm, and a new computer donated by the Georgia Genealogical Society to be used for CD-Roms donated by the society.


Rhea Cumming Otto of Savannah added three more volumes to her multi-volume, county-by-county index to the 1850 Census of Georgia. Those added this year were: Baldwin, Bibb, and Richmond.


World War One Draft Records are available at the National Archives-Southeast Region for the entire USA. Indexes were published for three metro-counties: DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett.


The Georgia Genealogical Alliance, a state-wide consortium of genealogical societies formed in 1993, continued its state-wide calendar of genealogy events through the Friends of the National Archives, Southeast Region. The calendar facilitated statewide planning efforts so that societies would not schedule seminars on the same days, thus insuring better attendance.


Southern genealogy lost one of its mainstays with the death in May of Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., editor of the “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and owner of the Southern Historical Press.


Readers should also know that many important events and publications may not come to the attention of this column or be sent for review, such as the DAR’s new Patriot Index. If you learn of something you want others to know about it, let us know.