Michael A. Ports – author of the groundbreaking series Georgia Free Persons of Color as well as numerous volumes of transcribed records from Baldwin, Elbert, and especially Jefferson County, Georgia – has applied his expertise in Georgia genealogy research to a “Genealogy at a Glance” guide. Like the other publications in the series, Genealogy at a Glance: Georgia Genealogy Research is a four-page laminated folder that gives you all the useful information you’ll need to begin and proceed successfully with your research.
Family Roots Publishing has purchased a quantity of this laminate, and discounted it 10%, making it $8.06 (Regular $8.95). This sale runs through April 4, 2017. Click here to purchase.
Ports begins with a discussion of Georgia’s settlement background, beginning in 1732 when King George II granted a charter for the new colony – named in his honor – to James Oglethorpe and twenty other proprietors. County formation began in 1777 with the creation of Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond, and Wilkes counties, and ended in 1924 with the creation of Peach County. Many of the records most useful to genealogists are located at the county level. Therefore a general rule of thumb, Ports states, is to begin your research at the Georgia Archives, which houses original and microfilm copies of most county records, and he details the most critical of these records – marriage and divorce, birth and death, probate, and land lottery records.
Ports also gives an overview of two significant supplementary sources – land grant records and tax records – and identifies the major repositories and online resources with useful information for your Georgia family research. Along the way you’ll find research tips and references to key publications, making Genealogy at a Glance: Georgia Genealogy Research the most helpful four pages you’ll ever read on Georgia genealogy.
The following is an annotated Table of Contents of my creation:
- Quick Facts – A timeline from 1732 through 1870 dealing with ten important Georgia events.
- Settlement Background – A history of Georgia from 1732 through 1805, important to Georgia researchers – includes two important further references.
- Record Sources – An introduction, and two items for further reference – followed by sections on Marriage and Divorce Records; Birth and Death Records; Probate Records, and Land Lottery Records – includes several important internet links and eight further references, all to important lottery-related books.
- Supplemental Sources – Includes sections on Land Grant Records (with an internet link), as well as Tax Records with one book listed as an important further reference.
- Major Repositories – a listing of five repositories, with full addresses and contact information.
- Online Resources – a listing of seven websites invaluable for those with Georgia ancestry.
Georgia Genealogy Research – Genealogy at a glance; by Michael A. Ports; 2017; 4 pp; laminated; ISBN: 978-0-8063-2039-7; Item #: GPC4668
As noted above, Family Roots Publishing has purchased a quantity of this laminate, and discounted it 10%, making it $8.06 (Regular $8.95). This sale runs through April 4, 2017. Click here to purchase.