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April 8 - Lawrenceville, GA

A free “Family History Fair” will be Saturday, April 8 from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), 3355 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. This annual event includes numerous classes over four one-hour time slots. One set is the two-part computer class offered twice by Ben Peoples and requires pre-registration at moc.liamtoh|agserneg#moc.liamtoh|agserneg.

The others include beginning classes (Joye Woodruff), DNA research (Yvonne Schmidt), how to add meat to the bones of your family stories (Rosemary Cantrell), learning from tombstones and recording them properly and Sons of the American Revolution/how to join (both by Terry Manning), oral history interviews and where to go from there (Margaret Eves), using Evernote (Jennifer Dondero), United Kingdom research (Bridget Lohnes), and “Exploring Your Ancestors: 12 Major Steps in Your Journey” by Karen Molohon. To see the full schedule, check For further information, call Joye at 404-915-5776.

July 23-28 - Athens, GA

Registration Opens for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research

Registration is now open for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) which will be held July 23-28, 2017 in its new home, Athens, GA. The Georgia Genealogical Society became the new host after Samford University announced they could no longer accommodate the week-long intensive series of courses.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally renowned genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Course levels range from basic skills for beginners to advanced methodology and evidence analysis designed to solve complex research problems; course topics range from resources for specific geographic locals to in-depth skill development on specific subjects, such as land records and DNA analysis.

In its new location, courses and accommodations will take place under the same roof at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on the University of Georgia campus. In addition to excellent courses and opportunities to network with fellow genealogists, IGHR attendees will benefit from access to the world-class libraries of the University of Georgia including the law library and special collections libraries, as well as the nearby Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Located in northeast Georgia, Athens is a short drive to many places in the southeastern United States including Morrow, Georgia home to both the National Archives at Atlanta (NARA’s southeast region facility) and its neighbor the Georgia Archives.

Begun in 1962 at Howard College (now Samford University) in Homewood, AL, this academically and professionally oriented institute is one of the oldest and most prominent genealogical institutes in the nation and regularly enrolls over 200 students from around the country.

For more information about the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, please visit their website and follow them on social media. You can register online for IGHR 2017 courses at the following link

Oct. 13-16 - Atlanta, GA

The 37th national conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will be held in Atlanta Oct. 13-16 at the Westin Atlanta Airport, 4736 Best Road.

Geared for beginning to advanced family researchers, it is presented by the AAHGS Metro Atlanta Chapter. Register at or for full conference or daily attendance.

Topics will include: courthouse research, Freedmen’s Bureau,,, Google, newspapers, using the slave trade database, historically black colleges and universities documents, mapping, slave owners, blogging, writing and publishing. There will be pre-conference tours to local archives and historic sites.

Speakers will include: online radio host Bernice Bennett; founder Toni Carrier; DNA expert Shannon Christmas; migration-pattern expert Jim Ison; black-military historian Hari Jones; researcher of slave-era Upson County David E. Paterson; co-founder Angela Walton-Raji; and Whitney Plantation, La., museum director Ashley Rogers.

Morehouse professor Larry H. Spruill will be the opening plenary speaker. Georgia presenters will include: genealogy librarian Laura W. Carter, the Write Image owner Anita R. Henderson, church historian Jackie Henderson, author Michael Nolden Henderson, researcher Elyse Hill, Washington Memorial Library archivist Muriel McDowell Jackson, author-filmmaker Paula Whatley Matabane, genealogist Karen Molohon, Auburn Avenue Research Library archivist Derek Mosley and genealogist Elizabeth Olson.

At the above mentioned conference, Cherie Bush of will conduct a beginning genealogy session that is free and open to the public, 4:45-5:50 p.m. Oct. 13. For further information, email gro.sghaa|ecnerefnoc#gro.sghaa|ecnerefnoc.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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