The Huxford Genealogical Society https://huxford.com/ was formed in 1972 and a library established as a depository for Judge Folks Huxford's extensive collection of family histories from the Wiregrass region. In 2010, the Elmer Spear Genealogy Library from Madison, Fla., was donated to the society, and the library became the Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library. The collection holds more than 57,000 research books and other materials, including about 16,000 family folders and a large collection of microfilm and microfiche. The library is sustained by membership dues ($35 per family, yearly) and donations.
Because the Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library does not have an online catalog and is owned and managed by a local society, this collection is not yet as well known as other collections in Georgia, but it is one of the largest and best.
Five speakers and four lectures (including lunch) to make sharing your family history easy.
FRIDAY BUS TOUR/RESEARCH: Also look at the possibility of a bus tour and a day of research at Huxford- Spear Genealogy Library on Friday, March 6. Click here to see information about the bus tour March 5-8. The bus tour is open to anyone, not just GGS or Huxford members.
9:00 – 9:30 am Check–in
9:30 am – 3:30 pm Program (lunch included in fee)
Anne V. Wallace and Adra Anne Mayfield present "Telling Those Family Stories Orally and Making Them Come Alive" - Presenters will demonstrate basic techniques to identify what needs to go into a story to make it effective and how to deliver it. They will include how to incorporate historical events and story mapping.
Betty S. English presents "Exploring Your Family History by Bringing Back Old Fashioned Storytelling" - English believes storytelling gives breath and soul to the names, facts and dates we find in written records. You will understand how to shape and polish even the most ordinary events, with humor, mimicry and timing, into a good delivery for your family members.
Lunch served onsite at Huxford - cost included in registration fee
Nona K. Thornton presents "Genealogy Creations: Ways to Use and Share Your Genealogy Research" - Involve your family and others in your enthusiasm for genealogy research. Learn creative and practical ways to use and share your genealogy. You will discover how to transform your ancestor’s names, dates, places, photographs and stories into easy to achieve projects. Examples of finished projects with how to directions will be presented for you to complete, enjoy and wow your family.
Susan Sloan presents “Adding the Details: Researching Your Family Story” - Learn to find interesting details about your family members using a variety of sources. These details are what can bring your family members to life.
About our Speaker
Anne V. Wallace, M.L.I.S, Ed.S
Wallace has been actively researching her family since 1989 and is a retired librarian and former teacher. Currently she volunteers teaching and organizing storytelling classes and events in Georgia and for the National Storytelling Network. In addition to teaching a multi-session genealogy class for the Senoia Library, Wallace presents storytelling programs at state, local and national conferences. She is a member of numerous storytelling and genealogical societies and organizations including: Georgia Genealogical Society, Coweta County Genealogical Society, Our Genealogical Group at Clayton State University, Southern Crescent Storytellers, National Storytelling Network, Southern Order of Storytellers, and Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia.
Wallace’s awards include: Teacher of the Year for the school where she was employed, Georgia Department of Education Award for best school library media center in Georgia, IBM National Award for outstanding technological school project, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Apple Award, American Association of School Librarian’s National School Library Program of the Year, Senachie Storytelling Award from the Southern Order of Storytellers for representing storytelling in Georgia.
Adra Anne Mayfield, MEd., Master of Science
Mayfield is a speech language pathologist with 15 years of experience with clients and also instructs at the University of West Georgia Speech Language Pathology Department. She is a storyteller and incorporates storytelling techniques in her therapy with clients. She has conducted many storytelling camps for her youth clients and is in the process of training her graduate students to conduct a storytelling camp for at risk children in the Carrollton area.
Mayfield presents programs about speech language pathology and storytelling at local, state, and national conference. She has been assisting her mother Anne Wallace with genealogical research since 1989.
Betty English, B.S. Ed.
Born in Atlanta, daughter of noted storyteller Dan Sims, English grew up listening to family stories and tall tales. With two sisters, a brother, five children and ten grandchildren, plus 31 years of teaching overseas and in the U.S., she has plenty of stories to share. In her retirement, Betty worked for Scholastic Book Company as a marketing specialist. For ten years she was a docent and storyteller for Historic Jonesboro at Stately Oaks where she was also the director of the living history guild.
An active member of First Baptist Church , Hampton where she has taught a ladies’ Sunday school class for many years. English is a published author and is always working on a new story.
Nona K. Thornton
Nona Thornton is a lifetime family genealogist. Born in Provo, Utah, raised on the east coast; Georgia is where she calls home. Thornton is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She taught 15 years as a Special Education teacher before retiring and moving into a 20 year career in Property Management.
Thornton is current past President of Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society in Athens having served as an officer eight of the last twelve years. Her passion for genealogy has given her the designation of family historian and disseminator of ancestral information. Thornton enjoys lecturing and creating interesting means of sharing genealogy with family, friends and other researchers.
She lives in Athens with her husband of 38 years, with whom she has four children and 8 grandchildren.
Susan Sloan, B.S. Ed., M. Ed.
Sloan is the current President of Georgia Genealogical Society and is a professional genealogist whose areas of concentration are teaching family history classes, conducting private lineage research and preparing lineage applications. She has authored articles in several journals including the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Florida Genealogist, Olde Mecklenburg County [NC] Genealogical Society Quarterly, and The Appalachiana.
A member of seven lineage societies where she has served in various offices, Sloan is also active in Georgia Professional Genealogists, Georgia Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and is a Trustee of the R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation.
Sloan and her husband, John, have lived in Fayetteville, Georgia since 1982. Sloan has presented more than 120 times at forty different venues, including being a featured speaker at the August 2010 meeting of the Federation of Genealogical Societies National Conference speaking on using Georgia’s land lotteries to prove family relationships.
Registration & Cost
9:00 – 9:30 am Check –in 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Program
Cost: $35 Huxford and GGS members $45 Non-members $5.00 late registration fee
Buffet lunch is included in the cost of registration for this very special seminar.
Postal mail registrations postmarked no later than Tuesday February 24, 2015
PayPal registrations due by midnight on March 2, 2015
For more information contact Laura W. Carter gagensocprograms [at] gmail.com