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Friday, January 20, 2017

There was an Orphans Home about 1900 across from Chastain Park in Atlanta #georgiapioneers




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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What Residents Did During the evacuation of Atlanta #georgiapioneers #gagenealogy #gahistory

What Residents Did During the evacuation of Atlanta 

In 1864 when General Sherman was en route to Atlanta, its citizens were panicking to leave. The general exit plan was to hide all precious commodities, such as silver and coins and this was usually done by digging holes in the garden. Some families carried precious items on the train to Kennesaw and when word came that the enemy was nearby, the train stopped and allowed people to hide their stuff. One known stop was along the Chattahoochee River near the Atlanta Water Works. Afterwards, they returned to sweep up the ashes of a burnt city and to suffer the repression of Northern politicians during Reconstruction Days.  Fulton County Historical Articles and Genealogy Resources

Evacation of Atlanta


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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Old Stone Mountain Grist Mill

DeKalb County was created in 1822 after the Muskogee (Creeks) Indians ceded the lands by treaty and was taken from Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette Counties. It was named for Baron Johann DeKalb, a German hero of the American Revolution. In 1853 Fulton County was created from the northern portion of DeKalb County. Many of the settlers to DeKalb County were in search of new lands and were farmers. When researching DeKalb County, Henry (the parent County) and Fulton Counties should also be researched. Unfortunately, the estate records do not begin until 1840. If you have an ancestor who resided within the boundaries of the present-day Atlanta, those records will be found in DeKalb County. Remember, the journey from Atlanta to present-day Decatur to file a deed, will, or other record was quite a trip.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta

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Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery
By Jeannette Holland Austin

If you wish to discover the first families in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery is the place to look. It was founded in 1850 and is the final resting place of those who built Atlanta. The beautiful tombs and vaults set in a garden atmosphere are but a memory of days long since past. The cemetery was closed to burials sometime before 1890, however, people who owned lots were buried there afterwards. Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind is such a person. The book History of Fulton County lists the early residents of Atlanta in their various political capacities. It is fun to recognize some of the names in this cemetery. In essence, if your family resided near downtown Atlanta in the old days, best do a walk-through.



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Both Legs Mashed off in Atlanta


Western & Atlantic Railroad
Both Legs Mashed Off!
By Jeannette Holland Austin

 
"About dark this evening, Sam Weller, the yard engineer of the Western and Atlantic railroad, ran over Dr. John S. Wilson, a real estate agent of this city, and mashed off his legs just below the knees. The accident occurred at the Whitehall street crossing, and Dr. Wilson was in the act of crossing the track when the engine struck him. Tonight his condition is regarded critical. Dr. Wilson came to Atlanta from Augusta many years ago and for some time was a member of the drug firm of Pemberton, Willson, Taylor & Co." Source: The Headlight, published Gray, Georgia, August 11, 1888.


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta

Margaret Mitchell House on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Now demolished.  She was the author of the famous "Gone with the Wind" which premiered in Atlanta in 1936.

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