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Let’s talk libraries and databases!

After a wonderful genealogy/ DNA friend helped me refind something again, I thought it might be wise to share some things I learned from this whole scenario!

#1  Save your work!  Document what you find.  Email it to yourself.  Print it out.  Don’t depend on being able to remember that you found and where you found it.  (And keep track of where you look for items – make a list/ log.)

This is the big mistake I made!  I thought I’d be able to find it again.  Ooops!  Nope.  I think the database subscription from whichever access I was using didn’t renew its subscription?  Either way, I had to have help re-finding it and the database it was in!

#2  Use the library!  Your public library has FREE access to LOTS of stuff!  Books, databases, computers (to access said databases among other things).  Library cards are free as best I know and you’re likely not far from one whether you drive or not.  And if you have a computer/ internet access at home or work, you can use that card to access the card catalog, databases, and your library account (put books on hold, renew checkouts) from places outside the actual library walls.

I live in Cobb County.  I already had a library card from the Cobb County Public Library System (http://www.cobbcat.org/) and knew about accessing the databases in GALILEO from home since I work at a college and have access via work as well.  GALILEO (http://www.galileo.usg.edu/library/cobbcat/search/) is Cobb County Libraries database access system.  It’s like an online reference room of sorts and makes a great companion to the online card catalog.  Most libraries are going to have this type of access whether they’re county, regional, or state libraries.  I think librarians realize how much we like to access data and information digitally and work to make that happen and to add to the availability as much as possible.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve been underestimating the public library system here in Georgia?!  It turns out there’s ANOTHER library that’s just as close as my usual branch that’s on my way home from work!  And it might actually be close!  So check for other branches or library systems, especially if you live near a county line.  I’m not far from this library system – http://www.wgrl.net/.  You might have to ask about this or do some ingenious Googling, but there might be options available!  It wouldn’t hurt to ask a librarian if there’s anything cool you should know about their branch, system, neighboring branches or systems, or just libraries in the state in general.

Part of what makes this a cool option and find is something my grandmother actually told me about years ago.  Both of them are retired from working at the library, but it’s my dad’s mom that I used to go to work at the library with and mentioned PINES from (http://pines.georgialibraries.org/about).  For me and others like me, getting a PINES library card works IN ADDITION to my regular library card.  It’s another option with more access as far as I can tell.  (WHY am I just now looking into this?!)  This at least gives me easy access to a whole nother library system as if it were my home one – as well as on the road across the state!

So those are my finds and tips from yesterday.  What’s your big find from your library?  Any cool programs?  What about neat databases or access?  Or is yours just gorgeous and phenomenal?

I’ll be back later to talk about the Georgia Room at the main branch for Cobb County, the Switzer Branch!  (http://www.cobbcat.org/research/local-history/)

 

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John Nipper Waters

First, I’d like to direct you to the blog and Facebook page for the US National Archives, commonly called NARA.  There are two blog posts of particular interest relating to today’s post.  First is on the fire in St. Louis, and the second is on Donna Judd.  The blog on the fire discusses the time line and a bit about the records it destroyed or damaged and what all happened.  The blog regarding Ms. Judd discusses her work in examining the military records that were damaged.  Of note from the NARA website is that you must be immediate family in order to request more recent records (for those of you more interested and closer related than I).

Today, I want to start a look at the men in the Waters family.  I’ll start with Nip, as John Nipper was called.  This is because I have been told that his records were actually in that fire.  I don’t know if more have been discovered in more recent years but there were at least some missing or destroyed due to the fire.

Nip was born in 1920 to James Benjamin and Willie Odessa Waters.  When he was born, Willie had 4 girls from her previous marriage to Andy Pitts: Lydia Beatrice (who passed away in 1909 at the age of two), Flossie Mae, and twins Edna Earl and Lola Evelyn.  After Andy died in 1913, she married James in 1915.  James and Willie had two boys (Jesse Willard and Jimmy Layvone) before Nip was born in 1920.  Willie would have a grand total of 14 (fourteen!) children with the last being born in 1934.

Nip was born in Ashburn, Turner county, Georgia, but by both the 1930 and 1940 census records he’s listed as living in Vickers, Worth county, Georgia.  September 18, 1941, he enlisted in the Army at the age of 21.  His residence is still listed as Worth county, Georgia, and the place of his enlistment was Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia.  While it’s amusing that the record lists the branch of service as “Immaterial”, it’s interesting to note he was a Warrant Officer.  Obviously surviving the war, he returns home to marry and have children.  1986 records indicate he lived in Arabi.

Sadly, he passed away in 2007 at the age of 87.  Findagrave.com shows him buried at Arabi-Antioch Cemetery with very nice photos of the grave site.  (One photo shows the military marker designating him as “S SGT US ARMY” and “WORLD WAR II” veteran.)  His obituary, also found online, list him as a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.

Stay tuned as we climb this branch of the family tree…  🙂

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Treasure Chest Thursday

I’m snagging a page out of my friend Liz’s “blog book” and posting on a family treasure I have.

This piece is not necessarily of some great value, but it’s lovely and has a lovely story (I think) of how I came to have it.

cut glass bowl

This is a cut glass bowl that my Tata gave me.  (Tata is what I call my mom’s mother, for those who don’t already know.)  She gave me this as a wedding present in late 2009.  If I remember correctly, she said it was my Gunga’s, her mother.  It’s a fairly shallow dish, even for a candy dish, but is one of the prettiest I’ve seen.  I keep it put away in the box she gave it to me in so as not to have it end up broken.

Now here’s something I would LOVE to find, but fear all are gone or broken…

"Hennie's Antique glass plate of Pres. Grover Cleveland & V. Pres. Thomas A. Hendrick - our ancestor." (Madge Cook Kimbrough)

“Hennie’s Antique glass plate of Pres. Grover Cleveland & V. Pres. Thomas A. Hendrick – our ancestor.” (Madge Cook Kimbrough)

This is a MUCH older photo that Gunga had.  This is a commemorative cut glass plate of President Grover Cleveland and his Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks.  Granma Lila was a Hendricks and evidently someone had traced back that we were related to him.

If anybody knows of one of these in existence, PLEASE let me know!!

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Lost and Found – John Wilson

"John Wilson - colored help" is about all I knew, it's all Gunga wrote...

“John Wilson – colored help” is about all I knew, it’s all Gunga wrote…

It’s been several months now since I snagged the boxes and envelopes from my Tata’s apartment.  (Tata is what I call my grandmother, my mom’s mother.)  Heehee… I’m a stinker and still have them, but she doesn’t mind!  Some of them were actually her mother’s, my Gunga.  The one above being amongst those from Gunga herself.  All Gunga had written on it was that his name was John Wilson and he was colored help.  I still would love to find out who his family is.  I would love to share a copy of this with them.  But I still have some investigating to do.

After some work, here’s a few things I’ve managed to deduce… I think?!  This photo appears to be from about 1920- 1930.  The plant in the back is castor bean.  Possibly sold to or used by the local pharmacist, whom Granpapa Elijah Jr happened to be related to.  I managed to find him in some census records and draft cards with a little help.  He was a drayman for Granpapa Elijah Jr’s grocery story, Cochran Grocer, there in Cochran, Georgia.  his birthday appears to be November 15, 1873.  He was married to a Phebe Ann Porter as best I can tell, but I’m not sure the daughter (Lela Verseois Porter) is his and not just hers since the last name is Porter.

I’ll have to comment more if I find more at some point… but PLEASE leave a message or contact me if you have information!!  Thank you…

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“I remember, Mama”

I think everybody has some sort of “I remember exactly where I was when xyz happened” story.  Often this is a MAJOR event… when JFK was assassinated, when the Cold War ended/ the Berlin Wall came down, when the Challenger exploded, when we landed on the moon.

September 11, 2001 is another on of those days for those of us who were alive on that day. We won’t forget.

I was teaching at Prattville Christian Academy that school year.  I got to work around 7:30 as usual.  I think I might have had hall duty that morning, but I don’t remember.  Everything was normal for my whole first period class.  They were my 6th graders.  I was teaching them Grammar that class period.  The bell rang and it was time for my planning period.  I gathered my things to leave for the teacher borrowing my room for her 10th grade math class.

I walked into the front office and it all changed.

The ladies at our front desk (and a couple of others) were all talking and concerned.  One of them told me that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers.  I was shocked and in disbelief.  I think that was about the time either the other tower was hit or it had just been hit then, too.  I remember, while I was standing there trying to understand what was happening, one of them said the Pentagon had been hit.

Oh wow…

Uncle Bill used to work there…

Or did he still work there… *a mild panic set in*

I quickly set my stuff down and went back in my classroom and retrieved my cell phone.  I called my mother to ask if her brother, my Uncle Bill, still worked or was back working or whatever at the Pentagon.  She said no, he was fine.  And that was all I needed to know.

We opted not to say anything formally to the students about what had happened, at least the ones that were younger and didn’t already know.  Several of our students were the children of military parents who would have been concerned.  I remember one of my 7th graders had been told or found out and was very concerned for his father who was in the Air Force.

I also remember I left early that day for a funeral.  I’d already made arrangements for a sub for my class.  I was very touched and appreciated that the Mills asked that we have a moment of silence at the graveside for those who had died earlier that morning when the tower’s collapsed.

It was a sunny day in Montgomery… I think I had my sunglasses on while we were at the graveside.

I remember calling and talking to my friend Jennifer.  I think I was checking on her dad?  He was fine, but stuck on base for a while.  I remember the weird story she told me from that morning, but I’ll leave that for her to tell.

So yes, I remember… and probably always will.  But I’m writing this here to record it… “forever”.  I don’t want to forget or have it forgotten.  And I encourage *YOU* to write and share your own story of that day… or any other events in your life that need to be remembered.

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