Taylor Foundation Publications

December 25th, 1994


The R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation, established in 1971 to promote the publication of Georgia genealogical materials, is a special Christmas Gift to Georgia’s genealogy and local history constituents all year long. There are several new books which were published through grants from the foundation.

Mary B.Warren has transcribed and edited “Revolutionary Memoirs and Muster Rolls”. This is a very important work related to Georgia’s Revolutionary War era (1776-1781). The editor has ferreted out information from collections at the University of Georgia and the Library of Congress. The book contains numerous lists of Revolutionary War soldiers, maps, and other important records. There is a full-name index. The book provides new access into these 18th century records. Available from Heritage Papers, P.O.Box 7776, Athens, Ga. 30604.

John I. Bruno has edited “Newton County, Georgia, Records: Public School Lists, 1838-1866”. These records are often called Poor School lists, because the students were supported by public funds. The text is a photocopy of the original book, with an introduction and full-name index. This source is available on many counties but is often overlooked. The original information was submitted to the Inferior Court by teachers, trustees, and J.P.’s in order to allocate county funds. One could find ancestors as teachers, students or parents herein. Published through W. H. Wolfe Associates, the book is available for $65 postpaid plus 5% sales tax from John Bruno, 1427 Highway 138 SW, Conyers, Ga. 30208.

“Black Marriage Records: Hart County, Georgia, Vol. I, 1866-1923” edited by David T. Ray, was published by the Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society. The marriages are alphabetized by grooms, then by brides, and were compiled from several books. The date is given, but neither the officials nor the book or page. The book is available from the society, P.O.Box 895, Hartwell, Ga. 30643 for $10 plus $3 postage.

Wyndell and Bernice Taylor have continued their series with “Cherokee County, Georgia, Land Records, Vol. 5, Deed Book E” covering 1840-1841. By abstracting the deeds exactly, they have produced a great source for this north Georgia county. One should consult such volumes for clues, since your own ancestors could have witnessed a deed elsewhere. It could be a rare record. This volume has a full-name index. It is $25 postpaid plus $1.20 tax from Bot’s Books, P.O. Box 63, Powder Springs, Ga. 30073-0063.

“Henry County, Georgia, Obituaries, 1900-1907” is the latest work from that county’s prolific genealogical society. The information was edited by Rhoda A. Bowen from newspapers microfilmed by the University of Georgia. The obits are arranged in chronological order by date, and there is a full-name index. All pertinent information is included. By bringing the records up to recent times, many lost people will no doubt be located. Published through W. H. Wolfe, it is available for $30 plus $2.50 postage from the Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties, P.O.Box 1296, McDonough, Ga. 30253.