Bartow County, GA (genweb site)

This spotlight is on a county I never ever thought I’d have research in, Bartow County, GA. It seems my husband had a family member who’s confederate pension payments were transferred there about 1915. A search at the archives did not yield any pension records for this county, so I did what any genealogist “in the know” would do…. I looked for a genweb site. Normally I am SO disappointed in genweb sites, most I run into are run so poorly, with no effort by the administrator and no contribution by researchers that I almost hate looking one up, so imagine my surprise when I surfed my way to Bartow Co, GA and found such a wealth of information I felt like I’d found the pot at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately there was nothing pertaining to confederate pensions, but this is what I DID find.

Marriage Record Transcripts and 15,024 Images online!!! Volunteers have taken the time to digitally record marriage records from 1837 to 1947. This is not just an index with names and dates, this is an actual image of the marriage record itself!!!

Cemetery Index – this is a very extensive index done by volunteers that includes not only names and dates of graves but notes of inscriptions on the graves and MANY photographs of the tombstones themselves. Each Cemetery includes directions with a google map as well.

Census records – they are working on transcribing the county census records (and are in need of volunteers to get this completed)

Funeral Record Index – these provide a wealth of information, tt has inclusions such as obituaries, a casket size by age chart, lists of county officials, hospitals, and transportation schedules. For each funeral, he lists: name, date and time of funeral, clergyman, date of burial, where buried, age, color, occupation, birthplace, last residence, husband’s name, father’s name and country of birth, mother’s name and country of birth, physician, cause of death, person ordering funeral, and relative’s names. The following costs may be included: removing remains, embalming, shaving and laying out, casket, mattress, burial robe, slippers, gloves, flowers, funeral notices, musicians, hearse, opening grave, vault charges, coaches, etc. The status of each account is also given. Some accounts have the song titles and pallbearers listed.

Newspaper Extracts – Volunteers are working transcribing many years and many different papers in the county including news stories and records of marriages and deaths. This is a FANTASTIC collection of information and includes such stories as the following

Transcribed by: Laurel Baty
We urge upon our town authorities the importance of discontinuing the burial of the dead in the grave yard formerly attached to the Baptist Church in this place, and the taking of steps for its removal. The town is rapidly building up in that direction, and it is located on one of the most commanding eminences around the place. By removing it, many more beautiful building lots will be brought into market, which, otherwise, will mar the uniformity of our streets and place, as well as bring the grave yard in the very heart of the private residence part of the town. Stop the interment of the dead there now, and it will not be a very great undertaking to remove those who have already been buried there, but let it continue another year or two, and it will be impractical to attempt it.

Obituaries – At the present they have over 4100 obituaries transcribed and online such as the following from 1867:

Transcribed by: Laurel Baty
Poisoned.
A youth, James, son of Dr. William Anderson, who lives near Vellula, while fishing last Saturday, was bitten by a moccasin. From the effect of the wound inflicted, he died, Monday morning. His age was about fifteen years. Dr. Anderson was formerly of Cass county, in this state. Boys can’t be too careful in looking out for snakes, whose poison at this time is so fatal. They are no respecters for persons

There are other records as well, marriage announcements, wills, deeds, military records that you can search through.

This is one county that definitely has it together and has a crew of people that realize just how much they CAN help fellow researches that may not have the ability to travel to the county to do research onsite. While I have only been able to find one reference to anything in the Byers/Byars/Mashburn family I am researching, it was great to find the marriage record!!! I am never quite lucky enough to be able to find information from a family I am researching on a county site, but in this case it is certainly not from a failed genealogy site, I cannot say enough good things about Arlene Woody, the coordinator, and her crew for their perseverance and outstanding work. This is a group I would definitely recommend volunteering for if you had the time. I see this site only getting bigger and better!!!

Thanks for all you do and all you’ve provided!!

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