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More volumes to complete your genealogy library

There are several books about local history that are available that you might find interesting.

The History of McDuffie County, Georgia compiled by Mrs. W.C. McCommons and Miss Clara Stovall is available for purchase at the Thomson -- McDuffie Library. This book is a reprint of one written in 1932. There are inaccuracies, but the book is still a valuable resource. Since this book was written over 70 years ago, the authors were able to speak to people that are now long deceased.

A Handbook of History -- McDuffie County Georgia 1870- 1970 by Pearl Baker. This book is no longer in print and is not available for purchase. There is a copy in the Thomson - McDuffie Library. Pearl Baker was quite a researcher when genealogy was not as popular as it is now. She had very few resources to work with and still managed to turn out several valuable books on local history. This one is well worth reading.

Quaker Records in Georgia: Wrightsborough 1772-1793, Friendsborough 1776 -- 1777 compiled by Robert Scott Davis, Jr. This book is available for purchase through the Augusta Genealogical Society. This book is essential if your family ties include anyone in the Quaker settlement in Wrightsborough. Not only does this book contain the history of the settlement but it also contains transcripts of the Quaker meetings. You see who was married to whom and when their children were born. This is quite a treasure chest of information.

The Story of Wrightsborough 1768-1964 by Pearl Baker. This booklet is no longer in print and is not available for purchase. The Thomson -- McDuffie library has a copy. This is a very well-written general history of the Wrightsborough settlement. It is very interesting reading.

A History of Dearing, McDuffie County, Georgia from 1850-1904 by A.J. Taylor. This little booklet has been reprinted several times and is available for purchase at Axon's convenience store in Dearing. This little green booklet isn't much value from a genealogy standpoint other than some of Dearing's former residents are named, but you have got to take a look at this little gem. It reads like a dime store western. Mr. Taylor tells the history of Dearing's darker past in a lively embellished way.

There were three CSA companies mustered from this area and Thomas Holley has completed books on two of those companies. These books are essential for McDuffie County research. Tom has devoted thousands of hours of research, and his work is invaluable. Tom researched every soldier listed on the muster rolls and documented everything he found.

Company K, Ramsey Volunteers, The Sixteenth Georgia Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States of America -- The Officers, the Battles and a Genealogy of its Soldiers and Company F, Thomson Guards, Tenth Regiment Georgia Volunteers, Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States of America, - The Officers, the Battles, and a Genealogy of its Soldiers are available directly from Tom Holley at 595-3268 (day) or 595-5304 (night). Tom is currently working on the third company, Hamilton's Rangers.

Web posted on Thursday, March 25, 2004

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