Death Notices in AJC – Daily Statistics May 21, 23 – 31, 1906

Saturday was a Genealogy Saturday, the term I give to the days where I’m attending a genealogy related event.  The presentation was very good and I walked away with some tips on online searching that I plan to try out.  Afterward, being the library lover that I am, I left one library and headed to the one where my husband works so I can work on an indexing project.

Did I get to work on it?  Nope.  Instead, I spent the afternoon looking at microfilms trying to track down an obituary for a library patron who submitted the request via the Library’s Email A Librarian account that my hubby had the pleasure of being assigned to that day.  So being the genealogy nut that I am (on occasion), I figured I would try my hand at it.  The death date was 23 May 1906 and the person died in Decatur, GA. Armed with that information I headed to the Atlanta Constitution and when I didn’t find anything there, I turned to the Atlanta Journal.

After looking at a few issues, I learned that in the issues of the Atlanta Constitution and the Journal that I perused, they didn’t have the table of contents that they had in later years.  And let me tell you, I was definitely missing it.  Amazing how you don’t realize how helpful something is until you don’t have it!  So I started reading through the paper and after a while, a pattern emerged and I noticed that there weren’t many death or funeral notices in the papers.  I’m sure more people were passing away so I’m guessing only the people with money was able to put a notice in the paper.  I also noticed that none of the death notices I saw were for African Americans.  I came to this conclusion based on the cemeteries where the people were interred because remember, this is 1906 Atlanta.

Determined to be thorough in my search, I did find something that I thought was interesting.  I found an area called Daily Statistics.  This section provided records of Property Transfers, Building Permits, Court Records and Deaths.  Yeap, Deaths.  So of course, I had to read through it and guess what, I found mention of colored deaths. Now I’m intrigued! And being that I’m interested in pulling out information about people of color, in addition to looking for the obituary of the man, I started looking for the Daily Statistics section and making copies of the Death sections.  My plan, though a possibly tedious one, is to find these sections and transcribe the listings for the people of color.  One reason is to extract the information but also, its a way of demonstrating that though the paper was segregated, people of color were still included on a small scale in the predominately white newspaper.  So the lesson from this post is even if its segregated, still take a look. You never know what you will find.

Information transcribed as listed.

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 21, 1906 pg. 5

  • Promise Nesbit, colored, 60 years, heart failure, rear 237 Butler street. Interment Southview
  • Thomas Monigan, colored, 29 years, cerebrospinal meningitis, Grady hospital. Interment Southview
  • Fannie Brown, colored, 45 years, cancer, 276 Melton avenue. Interment Sunnyside, Ga.

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 23, 1906 pg. 15

  • Mary Barfield, colored, 17 years, phthists, 322 Auburn avenue. Interment Cuthbert, Ga.
  • Willie Murphy, colored, 4 years, convulsions, 270 Bass street. Interment Southview.
  • Daisy Lewis, colored, 18 years, heart disease, 10 Boaz street. Interment Southview

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 24, 1906 – None found 

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 25, 1906 pg. 19

  • Della Moody, colored, 27 years, stomach trouble, Grady hospital. Interment Newnan, Ga.
  • John B. Carmichael, colored, 35 years, consumption, 125 Terry street. Interment Southview
  • Josephine Washington, colored, 32 years, pernicious anaemia, 59 Jeptha street. Interment Southview
  • James Tookes, colored, 28 years, pulmonary tuberculosis, Grady Hospital. Interment Southview

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 26, 1906 pg. 13

  • Zelmer Watson, colored, 8 years, gastro-enteritis, 267 Mangum street. Interment Southview
  • Edward B. Rutledge, colored, 2 months, inanition, rear 123 North Butler street. Interment Southview
  • Clarence Singleton, colored, 24 years, gun shot in head, 316 Spring street. Interment Southview
  • L. J. Mayson, colored, 8 months, pneumonia, 23 Gregg street. Interment Southview
  • Jannie Phillips, colored, 65 years, chronic bronchitis, 21 Kennesaw alley. Interment Social Circle, Ga
  • Florence Herrington, colored, 24 years, 175 Houston street. Interment Southview

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 28, 1906 pg. 3

  • Gus Cato, colored, 60 years, asthma; 64 North McDaniel street. Interment Southview.
  • Roy Gray, colored, 1 year, gastro-enteritis, 154 Piedmont avenue. Interment Southview.
  • Charley Stevens, colored, 23 years, tuberculosis, 286 Bass street. Interment Southview
  • Dora Travis, colored, 37 years, rear 169 Woodward avenue. Interment Southview
  • Jesse Stewart, colored, 11 months, 134 East Ellis street. Interment Southview

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 29, 1906 – No people of color listed

 

Daily Statistics Atlanta Journal May 30, 1906 and May 31, 1906 – None found 

 

Here’s a picture of one of the Daily Statistics sections taken from the May 29, 1906 issue of the Atlanta Journal.

Atl Jrnl May 29 1906 Daily Stats

What’s in a Name

Recently at my crochet group meeting, the ladies and I got on the conversation about names and how we got ours.  The discussion grew out of one where an expecting mother shared that she had not chosen a name for her new addition, who was due to arrive in three months.  The conversation continued with her sharing that she got her name because of a typo.

That conversation was the inspiration for this post and the discussion at the last genealogy group meeting.  How did we get the name we would carry for the rest of our lives?  Unless, of course you decide to change it or it was changed due to a change in your status, like marriage.

What was interesting about the expecting mother’s story was someone’s mistake has affected her whole life.  It seems so trivial now but that situation was commonplace, especially when most of the people in the country could not read, write or spell.  Isn’t funny how something that seems so trivial now, can affect a person’s life?  Here’s another example – In his pursuit of learning about his family’s history, my husband recalled hearing a story about a grandfather who’s name was just R. T. (yes. That’s not a typo 🙂 )  The story goes that when he arrived to the mill to work, the foreman told him that they already had a R. T. and that he would be known as Robert Thomas.  Funny how a man can know another for all of five minutes and then give him a name.  Just so you know, the relative became known as Artie.  The rest of the tale is a story within itself to be shared later.

Back to names. We all have them (of course) and most of us have a story behind its origins. Some were named for ancestors, while others were named for relatives or friends. Some were charged with the task of carrying on the family’s name while another’s name was derived from the combination of their parent’s name.  The stories of how a person got their name is as varied as the names themselves.

One question for you:  Have you asked the question of where a person’s name came from?  The answer to this question may lead to the breaking down of brick walls…you never know so consider making note of the question and be sure to ask it during your next oral history interview.

So as the members of the Genealogy Group shared their stories about their name and one of relatives, its important to be aware that the name for an individual may have varied from document to document.  One reason could be the person’s use of a nickname, a middle name, or even only their initials (I really dislike this one. It makes researching a tad bit harder!)

So what’s in a name?  The name we have can define us.  It, at times, is all a person has to go on and people can and will judge you on your name.  Like Mercedes?  Or DeBron (think De Bron) Or Bomsheka or even Tamika for that matter.  Some of our names are the creativity of our parent’s or the person given the “honor” of naming us.  Like Demonique.

As genealogists, we know how important names are and how important the spelling of it is.  But do we understand the possible motive behind why a person was name was they were?  We may never know the real answer as to why uncle Leonard was nicknamed Boo-Boo but what we know is he has a nickname that we can make note of and keep in the back of our mind as we look for him in the pages of the past.

So, this post was just a way to ask you to consider a person’s name.  Sometimes, we can miss the tree because we’re focusing on getting through the forest, not realizing that this single tree may be the key to breaking down the wall on the other side of the forest.

All that said to say this:  Names are important and can be great clues to putting your family history puzzle together.  Case in point – I have a stronger case to the identity of my 2nd great grandfather due to my great grandfather naming is daughter after his older sister. Because of this, I was able to confirm the family connection when the names of the family were the same as those listed in the obituary of the namesake when she passed.

Hopefully, this post was encouraging and maybe made you consider something you hadn’t before.  And it wouldn’t be a post without some resources, right?

Here you go.

The Importance of Given Names by Donna Przecha (Genealogy.com)

Common Nicknames – USGenWeb (Thanks DW!)

As always, if you know of other resources, please feel free to share!

Photos: A Few Resources to Consider

Photos show up in some of the weirdest places – in grandmom’s junk drawers in the kitchen, the trunk in the attic or basement and (we all have these) in shoeboxes in the closet!

These items have and will continue to be a link to the past, capturing snapshots of history.  They are used to document historical events or to capture a stolen moment in time.  Anybody else love those candid shots?

Today, in this very technological world we live in, all you need is your cell phone or tablet to capture the moments but what are they doing with the photos after?  Are you leaving them on the device (hopefully not but if you are, hopefully you are backing them up somewhere) or are you doing things the old fashion way, sending them out to be developed?

Either way they are managed, maintained, or saved, they are important resources for your family history research.

I know I just went on a tangent but I promise there is a point to this post.

Recently I was “shopping” in the history section of the library looking for a photo book on Vanishing DeKalb, when I came across a book entitled The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present edited by Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin.  I picked up the book because I was curious about it.  As I was reading through it, I realized that this could potentially be a resource for genealogists.  I know its a long shot but sometimes we genealogists have to look in strange places to find things, photos included.

Also, Arcadia Publishing has a series of books called the Black America series.  This series features books about various aspects of black life in different parts of the United States. For Georgia researchers, you will be happy to know that there are books on black life for the counties and cities listed.  The link will take you to the books bibliographic page on worldcat.org.

Counties

Cities

Other Topics

In addition to those sources, have you considered the photo collections in archives?  Here are few digital collections:

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress)  – The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress.

Vanishing GeorgiaVanishing Georgia comprises nearly 18,000 photographs. Ranging from daguerreotypes to Kodachrome prints, the images span over 100 years of Georgia history. The broad subject matter of these photographs, shot by both amateurs and professionals, includes, but is not limited to, family and business life, street scenes and architecture, agriculture, school and civic activities, important individuals and events in Georgia history, and landscapes. (Excerpted from Vanishing Georgia site)

Hopefully this information will prove helpful for you.  Happy researching!

 

 

Biblical Genealogies

You know how sometimes you can hear or read something one day and it doesn’t affect you but then when you interact with it again, it has a different affect?

After church on Sunday, a thought was planted by the pastor’s sermon to read/listen to the 4 books of the gospel.  So as I listen to Matthew, the first of the four, I sat listening to the genealogy of Jesus, from Abraham on down to King David, King Solomon, down to Joseph and Mary.  Its amazing to hear this and to now understand what the genealogy means.  I had read/listened to it before but back then I wondered what was the relevance of all of the begots (King James Version).

Why a post on biblical genealogies?  It is done to illustrated the idea that information will be revealed to you in due time or at the time when you are ready to receive it.  This thought also applies to genealogy in the sense that we review documents and at the time, are not sure if its relevant to our research only to find later that it was the missing key.

So I say all this to say, take the time to revisit your documents and reread your stories as they may be hiding the key to making that connection in your family history.

Questions – GGSQ Vol. 48, No. 3 & No. 4

Hi.  In an effort to pique your interest in the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly (GGSQ), I’m highlighting questions from various issues that I found intriguing and thought would be of interest of my readers (If I may call you that!).

The catch is for you to go to your local historical repository or library or visit the Members Only section of the Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) Website to view the Quarterly to read Robert Davis’ responses.

If you would like to submit a question, send your questions to “Questions and Answers,” GGSQ, P.O. Box 550247, Atlanta, GA 30355-2747.

Volume 48, Number 3, Fall 2012

  • pg. 270
    Q: Where can I go for those old panoramic maps of American
    cities?
  • pg. 271
    Q: The federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1851 created a commission
    in every county to pay bounties to men who captured and returned
    escaped slaves. Does the National Archives have records of these
    payments?
  • pg. 271
    Q: Did the United States government impose the draft in the Confederacy during the Civil War?
  • pg. 272
    Q: Could a slave be a Freemason?
  • pg. 275
    Q: I heard that the compiled service records for Union African-
    American troops during the Civil War have been scanned onto the
    Internet but I failed to find the record of Austin Dabney of the
    84th United States Colored Troops.

Volume 48, Number 4, Winter 2012

  • pg. 370
    Q: Anything new on Washington County, not to be confused
    with the town of Washington (Wilkes County) and the Washington
    Memorial Library (Macon, Bibb County)?

 

Hopefully this will tempt you to find an issue to view the answers.  Happy hunting!

Georgia Archives’s New Website

The Georgia Archives has gone through many changes in the past few months.

There was the threat of closure – see my previous post, Save the Georgia Archives, for more information.

Then the Archives moved from under the Secretary of State’s Office to the University System of Georgia.

Then the days it was open to the public increased from Friday & Saturday to its current offering of Wednesday – Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm.

And now there is another change – a newly designed website which can be found here – http://www.georgiaarchives.org/.

I was prompted to visit the site after receiving Genealogy News and Tips from the Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library.  You can add your email address to their mailing list by going here and filling out the form.  Don’t forget to visit the Heritage Room site for more information about events and resources.

When I navigated to the new Archives website, I was immediately impressed by the clean look of the site and how easy it was to read the information contained on it.  It looks like they put all of the pertinent information front and center, which is great because you don’t have to go hunting for the important links like the Virtual Vault, the Finding Aids, and the Book Catalog (GIL).

I looked around the site and found a few sections that might be of interest to genealogists.

From the home page, I clicked on the link for Historical Organizations Directory and found that I could search for organizations by County, Organization Name, Type of Organization, City, and Keywords.  As a test, I typed in African American just to see what would come up and several organizations and institutions were included in the results, including the Beach Institute, the Morgan County African American Museum, and the Tubman African American Museum.

Under the Research tab, there’s a page entitled Policies That Affect the Public. On this page is a link, Donate Materials.  Here you can find information about what items the Archives will accept, including up to 25 pages of material per family name per contribution could be accepted for the Family History Vertical File.  If you are interested in sharing with the Archives some of the information you have gathered about your family, this looks like a great opportunity for you.  Hopefully you will consider it.

Also, under the Research tab, is the Research Help section which features Online Research Guides on various topics, some of which are listed below.  The Guides are not listed in alphabetical order on the site so you may have to scroll a bit to find some.  Also, some documents are PDFs and are denoted with the Adobe PDF icon.

I don’t know about you but I am definitely going to visit the site often.  Kudos to the Archives web team for providing users with a very user friendly and informative site! I hope you will go and visit it often!

Webinars: More Five Minute Finds

Here are a few more Five Minute Finds:

  • Nosy About the Neighbors – Learn about your ancestor’s neighbors to learn more about them.  This view also includes a link to the spreadsheet demonstrated in the video.

 

Webinars: Ancestry’s Five Minute Finds

We’re all very busy and for some of us, that means that we have very little time to devote to our genealogy research.  That statement describes me to a T because between work, crochet, indexing, home, family and soon school, finding time to do research can be very challenging.

What I have tried to do to combat this is to watch a webinar or web based seminar on various genealogy related topics.  And the best place to find them all in one place is…you guessed it YouTube!

Youtube is a clearing house of videos for instruction and entertainment.  It has something for everyone and a video on nearly every topic under the sun.  Don’t believe me? Just go to the site and type in something your curious about and see what results are returned.

If you have a Google account, i.e. gmail, etc., you have access to your own personal YouTube since its owned by Google.  When you log into your Google account, you can go to YouTube and start watching videos and your account will keep a history of the videos you have watched.  On one hand, this can be very helpful and on the other, a bit scary but that’s the age we live in now.

So back to the webinars.  The big players in the Genealogy world and even the small players have channels in YouTube. These channels, very similar to the channels on TV, provides their viewers access to the content they have created.  For instance, Ancestry.com has a channel that contains videos/webinars that teach people how to use its resources and provides tips to help you with your research.

One of my favorite Ancestry.com series is Five Minute Finds.  Who doesn’t have five minutes to learn a tip or two to help with your research pursuits?  I do.  If you have a smart phone, a tablet, or break at work, I’m sure you can find five minutes to learn a tip to help you with your genealogy research.

With that said, here are a few video’s that I’ve found to be helpful.  And these may make a repeat performance in a later post.

Five Minute Finds:

  • Wife Hunting – Tip on finding the Wife prior to her marriage in the census.
  • Find the Parents (Five Minute Fridays) – Shares quick tips for finding the parents of your ancestor.

So there are five videos to get you started.  If you want to find more, go to the Ancestry.com channel and search for Five Minute Finds or from the main YouTube page, type Five Minute Finds Ancestry.com in the search box.

Good luck and Enjoy!

 

A Hidden Gem: Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly (GGSQ)

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!!

 

Rosenwald Schools in Georgia

In order to understand the Rosenwald Schools in Georgia, you have to know how the program got its start.  After a brief search on Google for Rosenwald schools, one of the results yielded was a section on the National Trust for Historic Preservation site’s section on the Rosenwald School Program that gave a brief history of how it got started.  The summary is excerpted below.  The link will take you to the Rosenwald page of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Site.

History of the Rosenwald School Program

Summary

The Rosenwald rural school building program was a major effort to improve the quality of public education for African Americans in the early twentieth-century South.

In 1912, Julius Rosenwald gave Booker T. Washington permission to use some of the money he had donated to Tuskegee Institute for the construction of six small schools in rural Alabama, which were constructed and opened in 1913 and 1914. Pleased with the results, Rosenwald then agreed to fund a larger program for schoolhouse construction based at Tuskegee.

In 1917 he set up the Julius Rosenwald Fund, a Chicago-based philanthropic foundation, and in 1920 the Rosenwald Fund established an independent office for the school building program in Nashville, Tennessee. By 1928, one in every five rural schools for black students in the South was a Rosenwald school, and these schools housed one third of the region’s rural black schoolchildren and teachers.

At the program’s conclusion in 1932, it had produced 4,977 new schools, 217 teachers’ homes, and 163 shop buildings, constructed at a total cost of $28,408,520 to serve 663,615 students in 883 counties of 15 states.

Links for references for Rosenwald Schools in Georgia.

Rosenwald Schools – Digital Library of Georgia

Rosenwald Schools – New Georgia Encyclopedia

Rosenwald School History: Saving the South’s Rosenwald Schools – HistorySouth

  • This site may be one that may interest our North Carolina researchers since it focuses on “essays exploring history and culture in Charlotte, NC, and the American South.” (Source:  About section – HistorySouth.org)

Jacinta Williams, “Saving Georgia’s Rosenwald Schools,” in Reflections: Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network, vol. 1 (August 2001): 3-5.

Jeanne Cyriaque, “Fourth Grade History Sleuths Research The Watkinsville Rosenwald School,” in Reflections: Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network, vol. 11 (July 2013): 6-7.

Rosenwald Schools in Georgia, 1912-1937 – is the result of several years of research by Jeanne Cyriaque, African American Programs Coordinator at HPD and is part of a larger initiative to identify, document, and preserve the remaining Rosenwald schools in the state. The context also provides a detailed factual account of the Rosenwald Fund’s specific impact in Georgia and places its significance within the broader framework of black education in the state. (This passage was pulled directly from the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network page.)

  • Reflections is a periodical produced for Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network (GAAHPN) featuring African American resources and stories from across Georgia.  Articles from older issues, dating back to December 2000, are linked by subject from our main African American resources page. (Quote pulled from Reflections site.)

Here are a list of additional resources. Links will take you to the book’s WorldCat record so you can see a list of local libraries that have the book.

Thanks DW for the book recommendation!

3/18/2014:  Thanks CA for the video recommendations.

This post, like many others are works in progress.  If you know of other resources to add to the list, please by all means, post them in the comments!! Thanks for reading.