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    A Glimpse of “worth” through the eyes of a Tax Digest

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 7:39 AM [General]

    Well the really good news is that we have narrowed the death date for William Byars down to a 10 year period. Previously we had no record of him after the 1880 census, and by the 1900 census Tempy was a widow. Now we have a glimpse of him on the 1890 Tax Digest for Pickens co (GA), so that narrowed the gap from 20 to 10 years. Below is a transcription (and images) of the 1878 Dawson County Tax Digest for Redin, and the 1890 for William, Redin and Richard Marion. Its really sad to see how little they really owned.

    Militia District: Yellow River
    District 989
    Post Office: Yellow Creek

    Redin is listed on line 19 as Byers, Redding

    Value of Household and Kitchen Furniture, Piano, Organs etc

    Horses, Mules, Hogs, Sheep, Cattle and all other Livestock

    Plantation and Mechanical Tools or other Library Books, pictures, etc

    Aggregate Value of Whole Property

    Militia District: Dug Road
    District 899
    Post Office: Marble Hill

    William is listed as Byers, Wm R on line 23
    Redin is listed as Byers, Reding on line 33
    Richard Marion is listed as Byers, R M on line 34

    Value of Household and Kitchen Furniture, Pianos, Organs, Libraries, Pictures, etc
    Wm R $10
    Reding $10
    R M $ 8

    Horses, Mules, Hogs, Sheep, Cattle and all other livestock
    Wm R $ 4
    Reding $33
    R M $47

    Plantation and Mechanical Tools
    Wm R $0
    Reding $6
    R M $0

    Aggregate Value of Whole Property
    Wm R $14
    Reding $49
    R M $55



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    Bridgett Edwards Schneider 1946-2011

    Sunday, November 13, 2011, 12:18 PM [General]

    It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the news of the passing of Bridgett Schneider, who, among other accomplishments, started RAOGK in 1999. She went home yesterday 11/12/11 after a not so short illness.

    Bridgett started small, with a big idea: genealogists around the world helping each other for free.  Today over 4000 volunteers, all over the world, assist other researchers in obtaining information and documention that they cannot travel to get for themselves, and the only charge was a reiumbursement to the volunteer for things copy copying fees, postage, photo developing, and in the last couple of years mileage.  I know I am not the only person that has made life long friends around the world, people important to me that I would have never met if it had not been for Bridgett, and her husband Doc, who spent countless hours providing the IT expertise it took to maintain what RAOGK has grown into. 

    I was a volunteer for the state of Georgia before Bridgett showed her trust and confidence in me by adding me to the RAOGK staff, so that I might assist other volunteers and facilitate in problem solving.  Many untold hours were spent chatting with Bridgett about anything from site issues to my personal life, she was even kind enough to link Ancestral Space from RAOGK because she believed in my idea so much..she was the epitome of the world Mentor and I will forever be honored that I could call her friend.  Her dedication was 2nd to none, and the genealogy world has been left with a huge hole that will not soon be filled.

    RAOGK has been suffering from technical difficulties the last couple of months, but Doc promised her that would be back up and running soon, so it will continue in her honor.

    Bridgett's obituary can be found here:


    A memorial has been set up on Find a Grave here: 


    RIP my friend, I will most certainly miss you and your wonderful wit and your patience with me.

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    March 28, 1922

    Monday, March 28, 2011, 8:04 AM [General]

    On this date in 1922 Rear Admiral Bradley A. Fiske patented  a microfilm reading device, thus insuring that future genealogists would gather in places with bad lighting and pour over badly preserved copies of documents in the great hunt for elusive ancestors :)

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    Grave Mystery in SC

    Friday, March 25, 2011, 10:34 AM [General]

    This is a really interesting story on an unknown grave in Aiken Co. SC,  You can see a picture of the grave AC Dicsussion Forum

    According to Boyd and Diane Gunter, president of the Horse Creek Historical Society, a train came through Aiken Station - then located in Warrenville - carrying, among others, a little boy. The boy, who was approximately 12 years old, was traveling alone and was too sick to speak. He didn't have any form of identification with him so he was taken in by Henry Senn, an area wagoner whose wife operated the Graniteville Hotel, to be nursed back to health when he'd be able to tell his story.

    The little boy's fever never broke, and he died a few days later. He took his identity and the purpose for his trip with him to his grave, which was provided by the people of Graniteville.

    "The village folk 'nickeled' up and had Mr. Lawrence Quimby, the coffin maker, build a coffin," Boyd said. In addition, William Gregg, the founder of Graniteville, donated a burial plot in the cemetery. As was the case with other families that couldn't provide a gravestone, Gregg provided a cedar marker until the people of Graniteville saved enough money to purchase a permanent stone for the Little Boy.
    This is another element that has added a sense of intrigue to his story. "Time had passed, and no one could remember the day he died, so his stone reads, 'The Little Boy, October 1855,'" Boyd said.
    The generosity of Graniteville didn't stop with the interment of the Little Boy. Over the years, the grave has been visited by many adults who leave flowers and children who leave coins, toys and other small gifts.

    "This is probably the most visited grave in the cemetery," Gunter said of the final resting place of many, which also includes 83 Confederate soldiers. As part of preserving the history of Graniteville and Aiken County, the historical society has maintained its monuments. The grave and tombstone of the Little Boy are no exception.

    Enduring vagrants and vandalism are factors in the deterioration of the Graniteville Cemetery, which is only open to visitors during the day. Time and natural erosion ultimately have been the biggest culprits in the diminishing aesthetic beauty. The Little Boy's tombstone, the one which replaced the original cedar marker, broke over the years and is currently propped on the grave.

    The historical society and the Graniteville Cemetery Association are in the process of buying a new tombstone. In addition, the historical society will beautify the grave by covering it with gravel, planting three crape myrtle trees and installing a bench for visitors.

    Dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of the Little Boy's grave, not to mention his story, Boyd and Gunter are quick to point out there are so many more stories to tell. Many can be found in Graniteville Cemetery.

    "Tombstones do talk," Boyd said of the symbolism and literal information they possess.
    "There is so much here, a lot of history," Gunter said. "But this is what everybody knows - the Little Boy."

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    Ga Archives in Danger of Closing to Public

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6:50 PM [General]

    On March 11, 2011 the Georgia legislature approved a bill that COULD result in the Ga Archives closing to the public.  Below is a letter from FOGAH Chair, Virginia Shadron that was posted on FOGAH:

    The Fiscal Year 2012 budget that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 11 as HB 78 includes budget reductions that could result in the State Archives closing its doors to the public. 

    The budget contains two items that together would reduce the Archives’ budget by at least $300,000.

    The Archives’ base budget, after preceding budget cuts, is $4,643,588. Over 65% of that goes to pay fixed costs (such as rent) that cannot be reduced. The current bill proposes an additional cut in “personal services and … savings from reduced hours …” in the amount of $260,458. The second way in which the Archives’ budget is eroded is that the House budget does not fund the annual increase in the Archives’ rent, an amount of more than $40,000 for FY12.

    Altogether, the additional cuts to personal services and the failure to fund the rent increase means that the Archives’ sustains a critical $300,000 in cuts. You might wonder, “What is the fuss about?” That shortfall can come from one place only—and that is staff.

    Without intervention the Archives will almost certainly be forced to close its doors to the public, reduce scanning operations and preservation activities, and eliminate most transfers of records from state agencies—the records that protect Georgia financially and legally.

    The House version of the budget now goes to the Senate for adjustment and passage.  Call and write your state senator immediately and ask that a minimum of $300,000 be restored to the Archives budget! Go to www.legis.ga.gov and click on "Find Your Legislator" to find your senator.


    - Virginia Shadron

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