"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 21 March 2003

Genealogy Fair in Sugar Land

On Saturday, April 12, 2003, the Alexander Hodge Chapter #49, Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution will host a free Genealogy Fair at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way (across the street from the Post Office) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, telephone: 281/794-5860 or e-mail < salge@texas.net > or visit their website at: http://www.sarhodgetx.org/.

Waller County Genealogy Society

Do you have family in Waller County, Texas? If so, you will be interested to learn that Shannon Rivenbark Harris is attempting to organize the Waller County Genealogy Society (WCGS). If you are interested, e-mail: < shaharris@ev1.net > or write: WCGS, P. O. Box 1452, Waller, Texas 77484.


Georgia was named to honor King George II of England, who signed the royal charter, which established the colony of Georgia in 1732.

An often overlook fact when conducting early Georgia research is Georgia did not actually have counties until 1777. It was originally divided into districts and towns from 1732 to 1758. From 1758 to 1777, Georgia was divided into 12 parishes.

These 12 parishes became the original seven counties of Georgia, which include: Burke (St. George Parish), Camden (St. Thomas and St. Mary Parish), Chatham (St. Phillips and Christ Church Parish), Effingham (St. Matthew and St. Phillip Parish), Glynn (St. David and St. Patrick Parish), Liberty (St. John, St. Andrew, and St. James Parish), and Richmond (St. Paul Parish).

Wilkes County was the eighth county created on February 5, 1777 in the Georgia Constitution; however, it was originally created on June 1, 1773 from the Treaty of Augusta, when Cherokee and Creek Indians ceded the land.

For detail information on when the counties of Georgia were created, visit: http://www.sos.state.ga.us/archives/rs/gcc.htm.

For an Inventory of Courthouses Destroyed in Georgia, visit: http://www.rootsweb.com/~gagenweb/cchelp/courthouses.htm.

On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to enter the United States.

Websites of Interest to Students, Genealogists & Historians

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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