I love genealogy and family history. Hearing stories about and researching my own family over the years has been a lot of fun for me. As it turns out, October is Georgia Archives Month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate it in the Atlanta area.
- Visit your local library to have a look at historical documents in their collection.
- Attend a genealogy class. The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties is holding classes on Mondays from October 12-November 9. For more information, call 770-954-1458. The Athens-Clarke County Library is hosting “Getting Started with Genealogy” on October 15 from 2-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 706-613-3650 ext. 350. Check with your local library for an event near you.
- Check out U.S. Census records online at www.ancestry.com, and if you have ancestors from the United Kingdom, visit www.1911census.co.uk.
- Take a look at old maps in the American Memory Map Collection at www.loc.gov or the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia at www.libs.uga.edu.
- Visit the “Wish You Were Here…Postcards from the Past” exhibit at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw. The exhibit is on display all month.
- Take your home movies on 8mm, Super8 or 16mm film to Home Movie Day, held worldwide on October 17. To find a host location, visit . The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is hosting Atlanta’s Home Movie Day.
- Visit the Southeast’s regional branch of the National Archives in Morrow, which houses records from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.