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The photograph, above, was taken December 2005 in Atlanta when my husband & I visited there.

Georgia, USA, the Peach State
4th State; Statehood 1788; Capital City, Atlanta

Some family names associated with Georgia:

  • Edwin Barksdale Alford 1792 – 1878
  • Julius C Alford bc 1798 GA
  • William Alford b 1800 GA
  • Edward S. Brown 1806 Liberty, GA – 1856 MS
  • James G. Brown b 1808 GA
  • Nancy Virginia (Holmes) Brumfield b 1797 GA
  • Mary Polly (Spurlock) Brown 1800 Oglethorpe, GA – 1888 MS
  • Elizabeth (Coney) Ellzey 1808 GA – 1858
  • Sarah (Brown) Fortenberry 1810 – 1883
  • Sarah Robertson d 1810 Liberty, GA
  • Hannah Youngblood b c 1807 GA

History & Overview. According to the History Channel Website:

The largest of the U.S. states east of the Mississippi River and the youngest of the 13 former English colonies, Georgia was founded in 1732, at which time its boundaries were even larger—including much of the present-day states of Alabama and Mississippi. By the mid-19th century, Georgia had the greatest number of plantations of any state in the South, and in many respects epitomized plantation culture and economic dependence on slavery. In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman invaded Georgia, captured Atlanta and began his infamous March to the Sea, cutting a 200-mile-wide swath of fire and destruction reaching all the way to Savannah. Georgia’s landscape varies greatly as it sweeps from the Appalachian Mountains in the north to the marshes of the Atlantic coast on the southeast to the Okefenokee Swamp on the south. Georgia is the country’s number-one producer of peanuts, pecans and peaches, and vidalia onions, known as the sweetest onions in the world, can only been grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville. Another sweet treat from the Peach State is Coca-Cola, which was invented in Atlanta in 1886.

Websites useful for Georgia research:

Georgia Blogs:

Books for Georgia Research:

  • Brooke, Ted O., and Robert S. Davis, Jr. Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians and Other Researchers. Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia Genealogical Society, 2001.
  • Candler, Allen D., and General Clement A. Evans.Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Institutions and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedia Form. 3 Volumes. Atlanta, Georgia: State Historical Association, 1906.
  • Davis, Jr., Robert S. Research in Georgia. Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1981.
  • Elmers, L. (2013) Early Records of Liberty County, Georgia. Badgley Publishing Company.
  • Geiger, Linda Woodward, and Paul K. Graham. NGS Research in the States Series: Georgia. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2011.
  • Groover, R. L. (n. d.) Sweet Land of Liberty; A History of Liberty County, Georgia. Roswell, GA: Wh Wolfe Associates.

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