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Author to address Henry, Clayton group

McDONOUGH — A renowned historian and wearer of many hats will address Saturday’s meeting of the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton counties.

Professor Jeffery Wells will talk about “Cemetery Research and Burial Traditions in Southern History” at the 10 a.m. meeting. The bi-county group meets at First Baptist Church educational building at 101 Macon St. in McDonough. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Wells chairs the division of Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences at Georgia Military College in Atlanta. A 10th generation Georgian, Wells earned a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Georgia and a master’s degree in history from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Wells is a published author, with several books under his belt. He wrote about a famous McDonough train crash in “In Atlanta or In Hell: The Camp Creek Train Crash of 1900,” “Moments in McDonough History,” and “The Atlanta Ripper: The Unsolved Case of the Gate City’s Most Infamous Murders.”

He has also written several articles on Georgia history in magazines and newsletters, in addition to chapters on state history for Georgia textbooks.

He is also one-third owner of McDonough’s newest bookstore, Dawg-Eared Books. The store opened this month at Clay Plaza on the Square.

Wells is a member of the Georgia Association of Historians, Old Campbell County Historical Society and the Old Capital Society. He and other historians are putting together a Civil War Roundtable.

Wells also maintains a blog at www.georgiamysteries.blogspot.com, a venue for “free discussion and discourse concerning strange and weird phenomena in Georgia,” according to the site.

After Saturday’s meeting, participants are invited to adjourn to the Brown House for refreshments and fellowship.