You know how you have collected things in along your genealogical journey that you have set aside for future reference only to pick it up some time later and discover what a wealth of knowledge it contains?

Well, I have one of those.  I became a member of the Georgia Genealogical Society for the first time probably two tears ago and as apart of the membership package I started receiving the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly (GGSQ).  When they came, I would give it a cursory glance and then set it aside.

One day after opening the envelope, I decided to take a deeper look and was blown away.  I didn’t realize there was a section where seasoned researcher and author Robert S. Davis, Jr. answered reader submitted questions.  I also discovered the book reviews that provided an in-depth look at resources related to Georgia counties.  So I went to find the other copies of the journal that I had around the house and found a few.  I then remembered that I donated some of the other ones to DeKalb so sometime soon, I will have to pay the main branch a visit so I can look at the collection of back issues they have on the 3rd floor in the Special Collections room.

So why a post on the journal?

Remember how there are times when you won’t know what question to ask unless you are prompted too? Well, I think that this journal will help us researchers discover resources that we didn’t know to ask about or discover the answers to questions we didn’t think to ask.

Many times in genealogy, you uncover a document or a piece of information that may at the time seem insignificant but then later on, you learn that it was actually a critical piece to your puzzle or a tool to help you uncover something.

So I submit to you that a hidden gem for genealogists researching Southern roots, should give the GGSQ a look see. And guess what?  Back issues are available in PDF in the member’s only area of the GGS website.  There is even an index to the first 25 years of the publication also available in the members only section of the website.

Have I piqued your interest in a membership with GGS?  If not, there are a few more resources available in the member’s only section that may help encourage you:

  • Archival recordings of some webinars and the handouts for the presentation
  • An electronic version of all 5 parts of the Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida: Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families in These States. F.A. Battey & Company, 1889
  • An electronic version of all 4 parts of the History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia with Biographical Compendium and Portrait Gallery6 of Baptist Ministers and Other Georgia Baptists
  • An 1852 Census of the city of Augusta
  • A Transcript of Ceded Lands, 1773 – 1775: Records of the Court of Land Commissioners at Augusta, Georgia
  • Transcript of The Administrator’s Manual and Clerk’s Guide: Being a Compilation and Classification of The Laws Regulating Courts of Ordinary (Milledgeville, Georgia: Camak & Ragland–Printers, 1829)
  • Search the first 19 years of the GGSQ for family names

So as you can see, membership in GGS has some additional perks.  Hopefully you will consider joining the group or at least giving the GGSQ a glance.

Who knows, you may even be inspired to to write an article or publish your index of transcribed records in the journal (then you can say you are published!!). How cool would that be!!