MORROW — The Georgia Archives is offering residents a chance to take an in-depth tour of the facility.
The free tour will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Sept. 14 and address the Georgia Land Lotteries in Larger Perspective.
Attendees will get to explore Georgia’s and the country’s governments efforts to acquire territory from Native Americans and their land cessions and land lotteries. It will also cover the governmental struggles within Native societies related to land issues.
Collections Manager Henry Miller will share stories behind the struggles of indigenous peoples, which led to treaties allowing for redistribution of the state’s land through 19th century lotteries.
Allison Hudgins, reference manager, will introduce the group to Georgia’s land lotteries, which distributed land west of the Oconee River between 1805 and 1832.
Visitors will get to see the vault where maps and other collections are housed as well as viewing original documents related to native peoples and land lotteries.
7th Annual Archives and Genealogy Day
On Sept. 28, the Georgia Archives will host its Annual Archives and Genealogy Day. The day is free to attend and two tracks will be offered.
Track 1 — Beginning Basics of Genealogy is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The session is designed to introduce attendees to the basic principals and methodology of genealogy and family history research. Registration is required at www.georgiaarchives.org and click on Genealogy Day.
Track 2 — The day will consist of four sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required.
The following sessions will be offered:
• No Will? Now What? By Susan Sloan, professional genealogist from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• Migration in Early Georgia: Patterns and Populations by Hendry Miller, Georgia Archives, collections manager from 10:45-11:45 a.m.
• Georgia Land Lottery Records by Joanne Smalley, retired archivist and professional genealogist from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
• Demystifying FamilySearch: Uncovering its Gems by Tamika Strong, Georgia Archives reference archivist from 2-3 p.m.
The Georgia Archives is located at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow. For more information, visit www.georgiaarchives.org.