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The Society meets at 3:00 pm the first Thursday of every month in the
second floor auditorium of the Augusta Museum of History.
Augusta Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization. It was
founded in Augusta, Georgia in September 1979, by 84 charter members
and now has well over 1500 members in 44 states as well as Puerto
Rico, Guam, Singapore, Germany and Ireland. AGS maintains a genealogical
library, publishes a newsletter and journal, presents monthly lectures
and semi-annual "Footprints" methodology seminars, co-sponsors
semi-annual seminars with Augusta State University, and specializes
in cemetery surveys. The Society is the proud recipient of four
Certificates of Commendation from the American Association for
State and Local History. All mail should be directed to P.O.
Box 3743, Augusta GA 30914-3743. We are located at 1109 Broad Street,
Augusta GA. Our phone number is 706-722-4073.
The program is free and open to the public.
7 FEBRUARY 2013
HISTORIC COTTAGE CEMETERY RESTORED
BY COUSINS WITH ROOTS IN AUGUSTA
Anne Sherman will speak to AGS on Thursday, February 7, at 3 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History on "Cottage Cemetery-from a Battlefield to a Respectable Appearance." For the last five years, she has been a driving force behind efforts to restore and preserve the two-acre family cemetery located off Marvin Griffin Road in Augusta. The name derives from the home occupied by the family of Oswell Eve who set aside the land as a burial place for his family over two hundred years ago. At the time restoration began, the ravages of two centuries of time and ruthless acts of vandalism had given the area the appearance of a battlefield.
Who better than a native Augustan to rescue the remaining vestiges of her ancestors? Anne was born and reared in the city and was a member of the last graduating class of Tubman High School in 1950. She attended the University of Georgia, but spent almost forty years before graduating as a registered nurse, having a family of three sons and pursuing various interests. She was a teacher at Episcopal Day School, Assistant Manager of the Augusta Country Club, and Director of the YWCA. In later years after moving to Edisto Island, she served two terms as president of a community service organization.
Anne decided after retirement as a nurse that she wanted to learn more about her ancestors. She joined AGS and attended workshops and Homecoming seminars. She had always been aware of her family heritage because as a child she had "visited" the Cottage Cemetery and walked among the graves of those early Augustans who shaped the history of the city: Adams, Bailie, Bones, Campbell, Carmichael, Couper, Cunningham, Dow, Edgar, Eve, FitzSimons, Hatcher, Jennings, Longstreet, Medlock, Messmer, Neely, Rockwell, Sherman, Sibley, Simkins, Smith, and Young..
Since 2007, restoration of the cemetery has been a big part of her life. She helped organize a group of cousins, descendants of those early Augustans, and they formed a non-profit organization to preserve and care for the cemetery. AGS member Pat Kruger, whose roots go back six generations in the area, is numbered among the cousins. Brad Cunningham, who has presented to AGS on behalf of the Warren-Leigh Cemetery in west Augusta, is another. AGS member Erick Montgomery and Historic Augusta, Inc. have partnered with the Friends of Cottage Cemetery to assist in the preservation.
Anne will describe the genealogy shared by notable individuals buried in the historic Cottage Cemetery and describe the endeavors for restoration. Although they are in the same vicinity, the cemetery is not to be confused with New Savannah Cemetery, also known as Colonial Cemetery, which was marked with a plaque by the Colonial Dames in 1935 and contains a burial site from 1767. Cottage Cemetery is a family cemetery with its oldest grave being that of Aphra Eve who died in 1808.
The program at the museum on February 7 is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available from the Sixth Street or
Broad Street entrances at the Augusta Museum.
Following Footprints is Fun
The AGS award-winning genealogy workshop that has introduced the basics of research for well over two decades
will again be offered in the Fellowship Hall of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta, GA
on Saturday, 2 March 2013.
The registration fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members (with a $5 refund if you join AGS when registering
for the workshop). Registration covers a catered boxed lunch and the 100+ page Footprints Research Handbook. The
Handbook includes an extensive list of topics such as organization of records, oral interviews, census, soundex, other
genealogical sources, preparation of home and portable files, courthouse research, time lines, and computer research.
Using the Adamson Library effectively will also be addressed.
New and experienced genealogy researchers will benefit from the workshop and exposure to the Adamson Library
collections. Speakers are local AGS members who are very familiar with the resources of the Adamson Library and the
challenges encountered by those conducting genealogical research.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with classes beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3:15 p.m. A onehour
lunch break will allow attendees to socialize with acquaintances. Click
here to download and print the registration form.
Call the Library at 706-722-4073 or email us at AugustaGenSociety@comcast.net to reserve a seat. Send registration
form with payment to AGS, PO Box 3743, Augusta, GA 30914-3743. We do not accept credit cards. Deadline is
Wednesday, 27 February. Class limit is 75 so register early to guarantee a handbook and lunch.
A: From downtown Augusta, at 15th Street & Walton Way - travel out Walton Way (towards Bobby Jones Expressway)
4 miles. The Church parking lot is on the right adjacent to the Church Offices and School - do not pass the Sanctuary
and Aumond Road.
B. From I-20 - Washington Road Exit - Travel on Washington Rd (towards downtown Augusta) to Berckmans Road
(See National Hills Shopping Center, Fresh Market and CVS on your left). Turn right onto Berckmans Road which becomes
Highland Avenue. At Walton Way, turn right and travel 1.4 miles. The Church parking lot is on the right adjacent
to the Church Offices and School - do not pass the Sanctuary and Aumond Road.
C. From Bobby Jones (Interstate 520) and Wheeler Road - travel towards Augusta on Wheeler Road. At Walton
Way Extension, turn right, move to the left lane and turn left (approx. 2/10 of a mile) onto Walton Way - travel 1.1
miles to the Church parking lot entrance on your left. (The parking lot is after Aumond Rd, the Sanctuary and the
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta, GA, is located at the intersection of Walton Way
and Aumond Road.
"Summerville Cemetery 2012 Edition" is Now Available
The Summerville Cemetery 2012 Edition is the 163-page story of a historical cemetery in Richmond County, Augusta, GA. This hard-bound book contains the original 1990 publication by Augusta Genealogical Society, an addendum which contains the 2012 survey of new headstones, corrections to the original publication, and an All-Name Index covering the original book and the addendum.
Purchase your copy for $35 at the Augusta Genealogical Society,1109 Broad Street in Augusta Library during normal Library hours,; or for mail orders, click on the Order Form to download,
print and mail in. We do not accept credit cards. If you have questions, call 706-722-4073 or email AugustaGenSociety@comcast.net
Make your check payable to Augusta Genealogical Society and send to above address.
TO SPEAK AT HOMECOMING
Mark your calendar now to attend the 34th annual AGS
Homecoming on Saturday, August 10. Barbara Vines Little,
CG, FNGS, FVGS, a professional genealogist whose
primary interests are in Virginia research and brick wall
problems, will be the keynote speaker. The former president
of the National Genealogical Society and the Virginia
Genealogical Society, she is also editor of the quarterly
Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.
Little has lectured for the past twenty years at local, regional,
state, and national conferences in 27 states on research
methodology and resources. She has taught at the
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford
University since 2007.
AGS looks forward to seeing members
and friends in Augusta in August.
We encourage, promote, and provide
scholarly training for all interested in
genealogical and related historical and
Prepared by Kathy Jarvis
here for bibliography
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Individual-Name References in Ancestoring. The Augusta Genealogical
Society began publishing its official journal, Ancestoring,
in 1980. Each issue contains several thousands of individual-name
entries from cemeteries, churches and other rich resource records
in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina.
All 13 Volumes include historical background articles, cemetery
articles, cemetery records from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, First
Presbyterian Church, Magnolia Cemetery, Cedar Grove Cemetery, courthouse
records, naturalizations and more. For more information on Ancestoring,
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