Family Histories Are Important Books

January 15th, 1995


Published family histories are important works and many local genealogy collections have a great number of them. One should always check out these collections, for you should never assume just because you do not know about a family history book on your family that one was never done. Recently-published family histories include those on the Elder and Glenn families. “The Elder Families” was compiled by Lee M. Elder and done on a microcomputer. It is a barebone computer product, with no illustrations but a full-name index. An introductory chapter includes wills, etc., from Georgia and other states, and the remainder of the book is the descendants of Peter Elder. Anyone with this surname should check. It is available from Lee Elder, 1636 Utah Ave., San Angelo, Tex. 76904 for $25 postpaid. “Glenn and Kin: The Descendants of James Glen of Hanover County, Virginia, 1717-1993” is the work of Jeannette Christopher. It is hardback, with an index, but also has no illustrations. It covers all collateral descendants, no matter what surname, as well as many prominent branches of the Glenn family, including those of Glennville, Russell County, Alabama. Because the Glenns tie in with so many other prominent lines, and the author traces all collateral lines, such as Sims, you never know who might be in the book. One Atlantan of note is Rebecca Young Frazer. It is available for $44.50 postpaid from Annie Glenn Howell c/o the publisher, Genealogy Publishing Service, 448 Ruby Mine Rd., Franklin, N.C;. 28734


“Beginning Genealogy”. Frances Beckemeyer, 1:30-4:00 PM, Thursday, Jan. 19th for 8 weeks. $60. To be held in Rockdale County on West Ave., Conyers. Through Clayton State College, call 961-3550 for registration. Class will help you trace your ancestors prior to 1920 through all sorts of records, both private and public and include tours of Georgia Archives, National Archives, Atlanta History Center, and a Mormon family history center.

“Beginning Genealogy” also by Frances Beckemeyer, 7-9:30 PM, Monday, January 23rd for 8 weeks. $60. Taught at Clayton State College, Morrow, off I-75 south. Call 961-3550 for registration.

“Intermediate Genealogy” a more advanced class than the other two, is also being taught by Frances Beckemeyer, 1-3:30 PM, Tuesday, Jan. 24 for 8 weeks. $60. At Clayton State College, Morrow, off I-75 south. Call 961-3550 for registration.


The Georgia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy published “Anna Mitchell Davenport Raines, Co-Founder of the United Daughters of the Confederacy” compiled and edited by their immediate past national president, Tommie LaCavera of Athens. Mrs. Raines’ role in the UDC’s founding has often been overlooked. She was a descendant of Isaiah Davenport of Savannah, whose house is a museum there. She is buried in Savannah’s Laurel Grove Cemetery. The book contains the genealogical notes Mrs. Raines prepared for her family and are very important for anyone with links to the Blackshear, Mitchell and Raines families.