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April 16, 2014 - 8 pm EST: Greer Martin

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) : an Introduction to the Basics
The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among librarians, scholars, educators, and private industry representatives since the early 1990s. Now this free online collection of books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials is available to anyone with Internet access. Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials, but these digital collections often exist in silos. The DPLA brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society’s digitized cultural heritage. Ms. Martin will demonstrate what DPLA is and how to begin to explore it.

Greer Martin is the Digital Public Library of America Metadata Librarian/Archivist at the University of Georgia. Greer earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in American history from McGill University in Montréal. Greer has served as the Photo Archives Intern at The MacArthur Foundation and Digital Preservation Research Assistant and Digital Assessment Coordinator for the Google Books project at the University of Illinois. Prior to her graduate work, she worked as a production coordinator and Associate Analytics Manager at Scholastic Inc.

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GGS Seminar - April 26, 2014: Focusing on the Details: Finding and Using Records in Your Research
Michael Hait, CG

'Research in the Old Line State: An Overview of Maryland Genealogy' - Established in 1634, Maryland has a long and storied history. Learn about the major repositories in Maryland, the common record groups, and techniques for researching Baltimore city as well as the rest of the state.
'Using the Genealogical Proof Standard to Research a Slave Community' - The Genealogical Proof Standard provides a measuring stick to evaluate the validity of your conclusions. By allowing the Proof Standard to guide your research, you can be sure that your research is accurate as possible. This case study will show how the Genealogical Proof Standard was used to research the slaves owned by a single family of planters, from Saint-Domingue (Haiti) to Maryland, South Carolina, and Louisiana.
'Online State Resources of Genealogy: Beyond Ancestry and Family Search' - The emergence of the Internet has led to many online resources for genealogical research. Many researchers are unaware of the sheer volume and variety of records that have been brought online, at no cost, by government agencies and others active in individual towns, counties, and states. This presentation focuses on what kinds of records are available, some of the places to look, and how to find online resources in your area of research. Several websites are used as examples to demonstrate how to find resources in different places.

'Of Sound Mind and Body: Using Probate Records in Your Research' - Learn the process associated with administration of testate and intestate estates. Example documents illustrate the various and detailed information that probate records can hold about our ancestors, their daily lives, and family relationships.

Michael is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in Maryland and African American research, and a popular lecturer at national genealogy conferences and institutes. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Michael recently appeared on-screen with actor Chris O'Donnell on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'. 

Date: April 26, 2014
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (registration 9:30 - 10:00 am)
Fees: GGS Member: $25; Non-member: $35
Pre-registration Deadlines: Mail in registration deadline: on or before Friday, April 18, 2014; and Pre-Online registration deadline: Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Pre-registration for members is $25.00; for non- members is $35.00. If you register after the deadline there is an additional charge of $5.00 per registrant. All persons who pre-register are guaranteed a handout. Although we make extra handouts to accommodate walk-ins, we may not make enough. Walk-ins are welcome and if you discover at the last minute that you will be able to attend contact Laura W. Carter, Program Director and she can add you to the list to insure you get a handout.

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50th Anniversary Dinner for GGS Members and Their Guests

GGS Members and Their Guests are cordially invited to attend our 50th Anniversary Celebration in commemoration of our founders' first meeting.

The Georgia Genealogical Society was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1964 by a group interested in supporting genealogy in Georgia. The first meeting of GGS was held on June 3, 1964 at the Atlanta Women's Club on Peachtree Street. It was a gala event with many officials attending.

On June 3, 2014, we will remember the founders with displays of GGS historical items from the last 50 years, informal talks, and an evening of fellowship and remembrance. Join us for the celebration of our beginning and a forward look to our future. 

Date: June 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm
Location: Petite Auberge Restaurant, 2935 North Druid Hills Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

Cost: $35.00 per person.

Reservations: online via PayPal or via mail. Please note your dinner preferences (Tuscan Chicken or Medallions of Beef) and the name as it is to appear on your name tag.

Attire: Sunday Best

The favor of your reply is requested by May 1, 2014.