Hi all. I’ve come across several resources recently that I want to make you aware of including the New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE).
According to its about page, the NGE recently underwent a redesign and as a user who used it prior to the new look, I’m looking forward to exploring it. Originally launched in 2004, the NGE now offers more than 2,000 articles and 6,000 images on Georgia History and Culture.
So why showcase it as a resource? Well, if you’re researching Georgia, its another resource to check for information about the places where your Georgia ancestors may have lived, worked, and/or traveled.
Also, check out the Georgia Web Resources tab near the top. It includes an interesting list of links of resources, some of which you may know and others that may be new to you like they are to me. Definitely going back to check those out.
Need a quick refresher on your Georgia state stats? Check out the Quick Facts tab that includes demographic information about our illustrious state as well as the state symbols, including the bird, flower, and song. Check out the picture of Ray Charles, ya’ll!!
The Topics area contains subject area links and of course, I choose History and Archaeology. From there, a menu opens with various time periods in history. Whatever time in Georgia history you’re interested in, there’s an entry in NGE.
Interested in an overview of Slavery in Antebellum Georgia? There’s an article on that. Want to learn more about Slave Women? There’s an article on that. Interested in learing about Black Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement? There’s a Special Collection on that. So as you can see, there’s much to see on NGE.
Need more convincing, well here’s a short case study. In working on a friend’s genealogy, I checked the information about the county where many of her ancestors are from. In reviewing the article, many of the locations that have shown up in the records for her ancestors were mentioned as were a few of the large landowners who also share the same surname. Could they possible be the former slaveowner? I’m not sure but I’m definitely going to add a copy of the article to her family’s research materials. Who knows, the NGE may have helped me to identify the last slaveowner for once portion of her family tree.
So add NGE as another stone to turn in the search of your Georgia ancestors.