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The Georgia Archives offers a free monthly Lunch and Learn lecture

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The Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Rd, Morrow, GA 30260 offers a free monthly lunch and learn program for researchers. The programs are planned for everyone that is interested in OUR state archives.

The January 10, 2014 lunch and learn program was presented by the Archives staff. The program was titled “Underutilized and Underappreciated Records at the Georgia Archives: What You Can Learn from them.”

The records included interesting examples:

Superior Court Records – superior court minutes, corporate charters, naturalization records, petitions such as divorce prior to 1840s, application for dower (widows estate), jury lists, and oath of office

  • Supreme Court Case Files – 1846 first appeals cases, previously the Superior Courts heard their own appeals
  • Central Register of Convicts – 1817-1868 lists from each county consist of name, physical description, offense, and occasionally other details. During this time period, Georgia did not have a state prison system.
  • Georgia Historic Codes – explain records and legal terms, law at specific point in time, where records are kept, check internet for scanned copies sites such as UGA and Emory
  • Confederate Pension Payroll Lists – before 1907 the soldier had to reapply yearly, the pension payroll lists are by county, a great place to find death dates prior to state records
  • School Superintendents Annual Reports – 1937 and forward, the interest to researchers are the pre-1960 statics such as teachers’ education and salary

Plan to visit the Georgia Archives. The building is open for research Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30a.m. until 5:00p.m.

Plan to attend the 14 February 2014 lunch and learn titled “Breaking News: Georgia Colony Founded in America; News Coverage from 1733.” The program will be presented Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr.

Please contact Selma Blackmon with your event news.