Libraries with genealogy collections reopening

Georgia libraries with genealogy collections are slowly reopening after closing because of the coronavirus.

It’s always best to check the websites, email the staff, or call to clarify any details about the reopenings, but here’s some information:

The Cobb County Library System’s Switzer/Main Library in downtown Marietta was undergoing renovations before the pandemic. The Georgia Room is offering online genealogy-related programs every other Thursday at 1 p.m. Online resources, including Ancestry.com, are available from home with your Cobb County Library card via the library’s website, cobbcat.org, then go to “Research & Resources.” The Georgia Room staff continues to answer research requests by email as best they can or redirect the patron elsewhere. The contact email is georgia2@cobbcat.org.

The Genealogical and Historical Room at the Washington Memorial Library in Macon, with the state’s largest genealogy collection covering the entire nation and abroad, has reopened with restrictions. You must make an appointment, and the number of patrons is limited. Hours are as before — Monday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Call 478-744-0820 to make an appointment. More details at bibblib.org and check the menu.

The Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center plans to reopen August 18 by appointment. More details will be coming later.

For other libraries, check directly or let me know to share with readers in future columns. Do not show up at libraries without checking ahead and following instructions.

Genetic Detective Series ends

The Genetic Detective has completed its six episodes featuring CeCe Moore and using DNA to help law enforcement agencies solve major crimes. If you missed it, or want to watch them again, check abc.com/shows/the-genetic-detective. There is no word yet if there will be a second season.

DNA groups for families and geographical areas

Family Tree DNA, of Houston, Texas, has surname projects for anyone working with DNA on a particular surname. It also has a number of ongoing projects for geographical areas and other topics. Go to ftdna.com. On the home page, scroll to the very bottom. There, under “Community,” go to “Group Projects.” Several different types of projects are listed. Just scroll through and see what might interest you. You can search whether you have done DNA testing or not. There is one for Elbert County, Georgia, one for Gullah Geeche of Florida, and another for Macedonia. You may want to start one yourself.

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Contact Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., P. O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or kenthomasongenealogy.com.

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