5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
For over a century historians and biographers have repeated the same story about President Woodrow Wilson's paternal ancestors. But the story was not completely accurate, as determined by Erick Montgomery's decade-long research quest after he noticed discrepancies. Using contemporary newspaper notices, city directories, early census records, church records, naturalization records, handwriting analysis, manuscripts collections, probate and other tried and true genealogical methods, he was able to squeeze out the details that change a presidential family history. Montgomery will share his adventures in this genealogical research in the United States, and in Northern Ireland. His article, "Reconsidering the Immigration Story of President Woodrow Wilson's Paternal Grandparents" appeared in the March 2014 edition of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
Business meeting, awards, installation of officers, luncheon, and program
10:30 - Check-in on second floor of Georgia Archives
11:00 - Business meeting and awards - meeting rooms on second floor of Georgia Archives
Noon - Lunch (on first floor of Archives, in lobby area)
1:15 - Erick Montgomery, Executive Director of Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, Out of Ulster: The Quest for President Woodrow Wilson’s Paternal Immigrant Ancestors 2nd floor meeting rooms in Georgia Archives
About our Speaker
Erick Montgomery has served as Executive Director of Historic Augusta, Inc. since 1989. As the nonprofit historic preservation organization in Georgia's second oldest city, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson was purchased in 1991, and opened as a house museum in 2001 after extensive restoration. Subsequently, Montgomery became interested in Wilson's family connections, and switched his focus from researching the house, to researching the extended family. Montgomery's main responsibly, however, includes the management of one of the Southeast’s most well respected preservation organizations, and encouraging the protection and reuse of Augusta's historic buildings and neighborhoods. The Nashville, Tennessee native was educated at Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied under one of America's pioneering preservation programs. Since coming to Georgia in 1979 he has worked and lived in Camilla, Pelham, Albany, Thomasville and Savannah before moving to Augusta. He and his wife Laurie have three adult children.
Registration & Cost
Members - $25.00
Non-Members - $35.00
Deadlines for pre-registration:
- Monday, December 1, 2014 for Online registrations
- Postmark by Tuesday, November 25, 2014 for mail in registrations
Registrations after the deadline and at the door will be charged an additional $5.00. Because this is a luncheon meeting, reservation deadlines are earlier so the caterer can make plans.
People are welcome to register at the door, but may not be able to get a meal.