Georgia Archives and Genealogy Day

Georgia Archives and Genealogy Day will be held at the Georgia Archives on Saturday, Oct. 19. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. No lunch will be served.

The Georgia Archives is located at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow.

Following is the schedule of talks:

9 a.m. — Preservation of Documents. Ann Frellsen, sponsored by SouthEast Regional Conservation Association  

10 a.m. —  Order in the Court: Genealogy at the Courthouse.  Susan Sloan, sponsored by Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. Metro Atlanta Chapter

11 a.m. —  Taylor Grants: Transcribe Records—Make Money.  Vivian Price Saffold, sponsored by R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation

Noon —  Georgia’s Property Tax Digests and the Genealogist.  Joanne Smalley, sponsored by Georgia Genealogy Society

1 p.m. —  Changes in Genealogy Help Us Find the Same Old Ancestors. Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., sponsored by Friends of Georgia Archives and History

2 p.m.  Current Events, Future Archives: The Role of SGA and GAM in Raising Awareness of Archives in Georgia. Courtney Chartier and Carol Waggoner-Angleton, sponsored by Society of Georgia Archivists

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Archives Month Proclamation Signing

Can you believe it has been a year since we all gathered at the state capitol for the signing of the 2012 Georgia Archives Month proclamation?

Last year Georgia Archives supporters had just learned of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s plan to close the Archives to the public. Hundreds of angry people showed up at the governor’s proclamation signing event to protest the proposed closing.

Just as many people should show up this year, not to protest, but to thank Gov. Nathan Deal for his role in getting the Archives back on its feet — and to remind him that we will be diligent in supporting this great institution in the future.

The Georgia Archives Month proclamation signing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10. Attendees should gather in the governor’s office, Room 203 at the state capitol, at 10 a.m.

The number of people allowed to participate in the actual taking of the ceremonial photograph will be limited.

For more information on parking and directions:
Vivian Price Saffold


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Everyone is Invited

Welcome Back, Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, July 31
the Georgia Archives will be increasing
its public access from two days to four each week.

Celebrate this momentous occasion
with a ribbon-cutting, refreshments, door prizes

and some Wednesday research.

Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
5800 Jonesboro Road    Morrow, Ga.

sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society

Thanks to everyone who made this significant accomplishment possible!

New hours (including the research room):

Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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WDYTYA at the Archives

Every genealogy enthusiast is eagerly awaiting the return of the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?

The show features celebrities who, with the help of professional researchers, discover fascinating things about their ancestors. This year’s celebrities are Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O’Donnell, Jim Parson and Trisha Yearwood.

Once aired by NBC and picked up by The Learning Channel, the eight new episodes will begin on Tuesday, July 23. Hopefully, TLC will air complete online episodes — as did NBC —  for those who do not have cable.

In previous years the Georgia Archives has hosted Spike Lee and Paula Deen. In preparation for the upcoming season singers Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood spent time at the Archives.  Yearwood, a Monticello native, discovered records at the Archives proving that she has Georgia ancestors dating back to the 1700s.

WDYTYA will air at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

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A New Day at the Archives

Today begins a new era for the Georgia Archives.  Since 1931 the Archives has been a part of the Secretary of State’s office.

The Archives now operates as a part of the University System of Georgia, led by the 17-member Georgia Board of Regents and Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

Prior to becoming Chancellor, Huckaby was a teacher and administrator in the University System and taught at private colleges and universities. He also served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, as well as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and as executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from District 113.

The Archives will be under the direct supervision of USG Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration Steve Wrigley. Wrigley formerly was vice president for governmental relations at the University of Georgia and served as senior policy adviser for Gov. Zell Miller.

The Board of Regents has established a two-man Georgia Archives committee made up of Regents George Hooks and Larry Walker.

Hooks, a great friend of genealogists and historians, is the outgoing long-time state senator from Georgia’s 14th District. He is a sixth-generation native of Sumter County and resides in Americus.

Walker served in the Georgia House of Representatives for more than 30 years. He lives in Perry.

While the Secretary of State remains the keeper of the Great Seal of Georgia and the custodian of the state flag and other state symbols, the Archives is the depository for the state’s most historic and important documents. The excellent professionals at the Archives literally are the keepers and protectors of the state’s history.

The Georgia Genealogical Society sends the Archives best wishes for a smooth and successful transition and a bright future.

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More Good News From the Archives

At today’s Lunch and Learn program, Georgia Archives Director Christopher Davidson announced that the Archives will be adding staff, increasing hours for part-time employees and, yes, opening to the public for two additional days per week.

Here are the highlights:

  • Hiring three additional professionals
  • Increasing part-time staff hours
  • Opening to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning July 31. Weekly hours will be Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Increasing conservation and processing activities of the Archives collections

The Archives will report to Steve Wrigley, Executive Vice Chancellor Administration, of the University System of Georgia.

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this happen, as well as Gov. Nathan Deal and the members of the Georgia legislature.

Vivian Price Saffold


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Two New Archives Positions Advertised

The University System of Georgia yesterday posted two new job openings at the Georgia Archives.

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Job description: Under general supervision, provide a wide variety of services in support of a department. May provide supervision to non-exempt staff.


Job description:Under general supervision, provide a wide variety of services in support of a department. May provide supervision to non-exempt staff.

Anyone interested in these positions may search the USG database by going to this Web site:

Vivian Price Saffold

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