Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G is for Groups

Groups, Clubs, Societies

There are genealogical societies for every state, many regions and some counties. Also countries, ethnic groups and surnames. Some are linked to local historical societies. All are great sources for information on your family history.

The obituary listed under "C is for Cemeteries" about Grandmother Thompson came from a journal published by the Kansas Genealogical Society back before internet research. I'm pretty sure I jumped for joy.

These groups often publish local lore, documents, Bible records, photographs and genealogy charts. Things that would never be seen otherwise. Some chapters take on projects such as locating and reading small cemeteries.

Many of them now publish information on their web sites. It is important to remember these groups are funded my memberships and there are advantages to joining those in the area where your family lived. You can also send in queries to be published. These are a great way to find those long lost cousins with the watch fob made from your great, great grandmother's hair or an journal kept by your great great grandfather.

It is also important to join a group where you live. The meetings often have speakers who provide a wealth of information. Members share ideas and stories of their own break-throughs. Sometimes there will be a roll-call of members' ancestors at a meeting. I know people who have found distant cousins sitting in the next row. A friend even found a descendant of one of the witnesses for her own ancestor who was hung as a witch in Salem.

It's a small world after all.

Great Grandmother Nellie and I. 

James Warner George who was born in 1839 in Barbour County, Virginia 
which became part of West Virginia during the Civil War. 

A photo of John Henry Covey which I located through a distant cousin found through a genealogy group. Nobody on my side of the family had a photo of him. He was born in 1833 and died in 1914. He also served in the Civil War. 

Another photo I received through a genealogical society. Orpha Ann (Collinsworth) Waggoner's first husband, my great, great grandfather, is believed to have died during the Civil War. 
This is her second husband. She was born in 1844 and died in 1903.