Georgia Genealogy Resources

Georgia is one of those states where I have nobody and even my husband, with quite a few Southern roots, only has collateral Williams family who settled in the northwest corner of the state, close to Tennessee.

Here are a number of websites to get you started. Each has many links to other sites, mostly free.

As always, be sure to check local towns and counties for libraries and historical societies with unique holdings!

FamilySearch Research Wiki – Georgia

Linkpendium – hundreds of links to every county in Georgia

Georgia Genealogy – Access Genealogy

African-American Resources at Georgia Archives

Georgia African-American Genealogy

Georgia African-American Genealogy – Access Genealogy

RAOGK – State of Georgia Research Guide

Georgia Genealogy Trails

Georgia Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy

Online Georgia Death Records & Indexes

GA GenWeb– Volunteer site, free, with info grouped by counties. It’s been around since the 1990s and has some great stuff. However, amount of info depends on what has been shared and posted. Well worth a visit.

Georgia Archives – University System of Georgia

Chronicling America – Georgia historical newspapers digitized and online

Georgia State University Digital Collections

Georgia Department of Archives & History

Genealogy Societies

Georgia Genealogical Society

Central Georgia Genealogical Society

Genealogy Society of Cobb County, Georgia – This website has a long list of links to other genealogical  & historical societies in Georgia.

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society – Atlanta Chapter

Augusta Genealogical Society

Carroll County Genealogical Society

Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties

Muscogee Genealogical Society

Southwest Georgia Genealogical Society

Historical Societies

Chattooga County Historical Society

Eatonton-Putnam County Historical Society

Georgia Historical Society

Gwinnett Historical Society

Marble Valley Historical Society

Washington County Historical Society



Little Sebago Lake & Me

Little Sebago Lake, c1910
Source: My Personal Postcard Collection

This is mostly a photo montage of vintage pictures taken, mostly by my Aunt Barbara, during the summers I spent on Little Sebago Lake. My grandparents’ camp was off what today is called Cambell Shore Road and their cottage was in between the Wetherbees’ and Abrahamsons’, nestled high up in the trees at the end of the dead-end road.

Even though I’m in the pictures, I’ve tried to include ones that have enough background for you to enjoy life at the lake in the old days.

You can see how thick the trees really were. In the blackened area in the middle is where the stairs were up to the cottage.

Some Sunshine and Me on Those Stairs

Wetherbees’ Granddaughter (L) and Me, c1957

Here is a playmate I rarely saw because her family lived in the Midwest somewhere. However, the view of the lake behind us is gorgeous!

The guest cabin is in the background. I don’t really remember berries growing up here as I got older. Whenever I needed something to do, Aunt Barbara and Grandmother sent me down the stairs to collect enough blueberries for Grandmother to bake a fresh pie.

Visiting the Beach Across the Lake

We often visited the beach across the lake by boat. It was about a 15 minute ride over there. Occasionally, there were others enjoying the sand and view, but most of the time, we had it all to ourselves.

Mom and Grandmother especially loved sunbathing and floating around on inner tubes, like the one I’m enjoying in the first two pictures.

Wetherbees’ Camp

The Wetherbees were from the Midwest and only occasionally at the lake. I remember Mrs. Wetherbee, but not her husband. When they weren’t there, Aunt Barbara would take me for walks along the road and those stairs to wander through the bushes next door to the Wetherbee cottage. They had much flatter land down by the water’s edge and even had sandy beach, which was great fun to play in.


You can see my grandparents’ cottage in the upper right corner. Mom would bring me down to the water to play in the sand. Those couple of feet to her right was the sum total of the camp beach. That’s why the Wetherbees’ beach was so much fun!

Mom and Me, Going for a Row

My grandparents did own a rowboat, which looks to be in good condition in this photo, taken c1956. However, only the motor boat was stored for the winter. This boat was left out to the elements and eventually was quite corroded. The boat was also full of spider webs and there were snakes in the woods along the path from the stairs and the right turn path to where the rowboat sat. It wasn’t but a few years later when I refused to get in it anymore!

Mom, Sitting on a Rock in the Lake, Off the Beach

Mom, In Front of the Guest Cabin

Grandparents’ Camp

This is a good view of just how many trees were on the property. To the right is the guest cabin. You can’t see the main cottage in this picture. The buildings in the distance are the Wetherbees’ cottage and cabin.

View of the Cottage from the Lake

I am sure Aunt Barbara took this last picture. It looks like spring time and I’m guessing it might have been Memorial Day weekend when Grandmother & Grandfather went up to the lake to open up camp for the summer. A telltale sign is that there is no dock back in the water yet!

Hoe you enjoyed the pictures. I never get tired of looking at them because they represent very happy times!


Summer Genealogy Education and YouTube

We have reached the dog days of summer 2019 and Tucson hasn’t had much of a monsoon season, leaving the air heavy with humidity – no, it definitely is NOT a dry heat!

What’s a genealogist to do? Well, I have to admit that while I am an avid viewer of webinars, I have not ever spent much time looking at genealogy videos on YouTube.

While sitting comfortably in my air-conditioned house, I decided I needed to check out what is available. I knew that there were hundreds, if not thousands, of genealogy-related videos posted, but I’ve hand picked some to share with you that were created by well known names in the field and which share top quality information.

Here are my to dozen choices and the best thing is that each of these creators has a multitude of videos that are all FREE to watch. 🙂

By the way, they are listed in ABC order by first letter, as I could never order them by favorites. There are too many videos that are too good.

American Ancestors


Blaine Bettinger (DNA)

BYU Family History Library

Family History Fanatics


James Tanner

Kathryn Lake Hogan (Canadian resources)

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Lisa Lisson


Thomas MacEntee

Here’s one more tip, to make a baker’s dozen: Just enter a search for “genealogy 2019” in YouTube and tons of other videos will show in your list. Many people create only a handful of clips, but they are very well done on just about every topic of which you can think.

Now, just sit back and prepare to learn lots of new things about genealogy research.