AGS Annual Homecoming

Augusta Genealogical Society [AGS] is pleased to announce the details for its 34th annual AGS Homecoming Event to be held on Saturday, 10 August 2013, in cooperation the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library at 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA.

The featured speaker, Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, is a professional genealogist whose primary interest is Virginia Research. Please join us in learning how to track those illusive Virginia ancestors and learn tricks which might assist in breaking through brick walls in other states.

Registration ends August 1st! Please call the Augusta Genealogical Society to pre-register: 706-722-4073.


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Who Do You Think You Are?

Kelly ClarksonThe season kick-off is Tuesday night, July 23rd, at 8 pm on TLC. Kelly Clarkson’s past will be unlocked.

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New England ancestors- Ancestry Free Access is offering free access to their New England collection featuring updated birth, death, marriage and census records. You can search for your ancestors through July 21st.

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History of Health Sciences Lecture Series

“Treasures within the Historical Collections & Archives” will be the fourth lecture in Greenblatt Library’s History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series. Bring your own lunch and join us in the HCA (room 225) in the Greenblatt Library on Wednesday, July 31 at 12:00 noon. Renée Sharrock, curator, will present a history of the Library and showcase rare books and artifacts preserved in the Historical Collections & Archives. Please contact Ms. Sharrock at for more information. For Google Map directions to the Greenblatt Library:

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Aiken County Historical Museum Military Exhibit

Elliott Levy
Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St., SW
Aiken, SC 29801

For Immediate Release:

The Aiken County Historical Museum is proud to announce our latest exhibit.  This exhibit honors our men and women who have served our country.  The idea started out to recognize the three  marines from North Augusta.  They (Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr., Calvin Jones and the late Willine Stewart) were members of the Montford Point Marines of WWII.  Brenda Baratto, Assistant Director at the Museum and president of the Heritage Council of North Augusta had featured the veterans at the Heritage Council’s February meeting.  What a story!!*
The idea of this exhibit expanded and we now have uniforms of Nelle Louise Barton, one of 305 women Marines of WWI.  Did you know that there were women Marines in WWI??
Other uniform items on display include those of Amy O’Rourke, Joe Babb, Richard Smoot, Richard Smoot, Joe Shields, Gary Lamb, Owen Clary, Bill Stanley, Edith Pickley, Bill Clark, Irene Trowell-Harris, Dean Sackett, Mike Wittkamp, and Tony Riley.
The exhibit will be July, August, and the first two weeks in September.  We anticipate that additional uniforms and accompanying photos will be brought in.  There are many veterans who should be honored by their County Museum.

Veterans, your children, and your grandchildren – bring us your items!
We will honor these Veterans with a reception on Tuesday, July 16th, at the Museum  from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The public is encouraged to attend.
*I won’t tell you their story now – you’ll have to come to the Museum!
For more information, please call the Museum at 803-642-2015.
The Museum is located at 433 Newberry St., SW, Aiken, S.C.

Brenda S. Baratto
Assistant Director; Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St., SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Fax – 803-642-2016

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Show and Tell at AGS

Augusta Genealogical Society’s July 13, 2013 program will be “Show and Tell.”

“We are looking for members who have had successes in their research/search to share their experiences. Your presentation does not have to be long, 10 minutes at most. Do you have an heirloom you have recently obtained? Do you have the history on the item? Have you made a trip to a library or archives out of town? Share with us the special research information you found. Have you found a celebrity relative in your genealogy search? Just share with us your successes or your “pit falls” if that occurred. We want to know it all!! Contact Montine Mize, Program Chair, at 706-592-0078 or email at with your topic and the amount of time you will need.”

“Show and Tell” takes place at the Augusta History Museum and is free and open to the public.


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Monthly Webinar

The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region will be hosting a monthly webinar on Tuesday, July 9th at 2pm. The webinar is titled, “DNA and Genetic Genealogy in 2013.” The webinar is free and easy to use and you can sign up here:

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Famous Entertainers from Augusta

JimNaborsWhat do Jim Nabors, Millie Jackson and Wycliffe Gordon have in common?

Find out on July 13th at Famous Entertainers from Augusta, a program given by Don Rhodes, editor, author and re-known speaker. He will tell personal stories about the many fabulous entertainers who sprang from our area to national and international acclaim.

The program will be held July 13th at 2:30 pm in the auditorium of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.

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Antique Fans and Handkerchiefs Display

Please join us in the Georgia Heritage Room for Jane Rowland’s collection of antique lady’s fans and handmade lace handkerchiefs. Her collection will be on display during June and July. Drop in to see these elegant reminders of a bygone era. The oldest hand painted fan is from the 18th century. The delicate handwork of the lace handkerchiefs is exquisite.

Our hours are from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 on Saturday.

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AGS June Workshop

Jim Jordan will share his success in his second career as historian at the AGS June program entitled “Gazaway Bugg Lamar, Augusta Native, Battles the Federal Government — and Wins.” Jordan recently purchased a large collection of Lamar papers which had been stored in a trunk in New Jersey and “lost” for over a hundred years until he donated them to the Georgia Historical Society in 2011, a gesture that Todd Groce, GHS president, called “an extraordinary gift.” Augustans are very familiar with the Lamar family, and many members are named in our publication Summerville Cemetery. Gazaway Lamar built a fortune in shipping, banking, and cotton factoring and was the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit of the nineteenth century. He was a strong supporter of southern state rights and engaged in procuring armaments for Georgia, blockade running, and offering advice to Confederate leaders. His greatest business challenge after the Civil War was seeking compensation for his property seized by the federal government, the action described by Jordan in the program about Lamar’s large settlement with the Southern Claims Commission six months before his death.

Jim Jordan’s professional career was spent in New York and England as a financial analyst and financial systems consultant before his retirement to Callawassie Island, South Carolina. About ten years ago, he began enjoying public speaking on historical topics and guiding tours in Savannah. His historical novel, Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia, was nominated for the Michael Shaara award for Excellence in Civil War fiction in 2007. His articles have appeared in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and The Journal of Military History. He is currently working on a sequel to the popular Savannah Grey. The one-hour program at 3 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History is free and open to the public.

The program at the Augusta History Museum on 6 June 2013 is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available from the Sixth Street or Broad Street entrances at the Augusta Museum.


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