Georgia Archives hosting annual Archives and Genealogy Day

Special to the Times

The 6th Annual Archives and Genealogy Day will be held at the Georgia Archives on Saturday, October 6. This event offers two tracks: Track 1 is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Track 2 is from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Archives and Genealogy Day is a free event sponsored by the Georgia Archives and Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH).

Track 1, Beginning Basics of Genealogy by Laura W. Carter, focuses on the basics of genealogy and includes using resources such as census records, proper source citations, document analysis and evaluation, and filling out pedigree charts and family group sheets. Prior registration for Track 1 is required. To register, go to and complete the form. Space is limited. Please notify us of cancellations so that we may give your space to another. To cancel, please call 678-364-3796 or email

Track 2 does not require registration and offers several sessions. Genealogy Research Trip Planning: How to get the most out of your visit to the old hometown by Donna Weathers, a genealogist researcher with over 20 years’ experience who holds a professional certificate in genealogy methodology from Boston University, will be from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. DNA Testing Done: Now What? How to Make the Most of DNA by Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., moderator of the Georgia Professional Genealogists and a genealogy columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will be held from 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Saving Your History by Sharing Your Story by Daniel Horowitz Garcia, Regional Manager of StoryCorps and an oral historian will be from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

The final session in Track 2 will be Panel discussion, Resources and Methodology with panel members Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., Emma Davis Hamilton, Joanne Smalley, and Barbara Stock from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., is the moderator of the Georgia Professional Genealogists and a genealogy columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Emma Davis Hamilton is the Membership Director of the Georgia Genealogical Society, and a Past President of the Afro-American History and Geneal-ogical Society, Atlanta Chapter. Joanne Smalley is a retired Archivist and Professional Genealogist. Barbara Stock is a Certified Genealogist.

The panel will accept questions in advance on research techniques and resources.

Please submit your question at and select Track 2 Panel Discussion when prompted, or submit your question when you register at the event.

The Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH) sponsors the morning and afternoon break. Lunch is available for a donation.

The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and identifies, collects, manages, preserves, provides access to, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people and assists state and local government agencies with their records management. This work is done within the framework of the USG’s mission to create a more highly educated Georgia.