Members of the Fayette County Genealogical Society celebrated the lives of their ancestors at their annual Sharing Night.
Members shared treasured family heirlooms which included family trees, photos, family albums, an antique rolling pin owned and used by a great-grandmother, a treasured family trunk and a family wall hanging written in German from the early 1800s.
Among those who shared were Edmond Rumer, who shared the story of his second great-grandfather from the mother’s side of the family, and William Goings, who had been a prisoner in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. . The Goings had lived in the Milledgeville area of Fayette County.
Elizabeth Maust Taylor shared a newspaper article she saved from her high school days. Betty Gray, past president of the Society, organized a group of high school genealogists with the help of high school teachers Robert “Bob” Grim and Paul LaRue. Elizabeth belonged to this group called Genes for Jeans. Genes for Jeans had taken a field trip to Good Hope Cemetery in Fayette County, as seen in the Record-Herald article and photos shared by Elizabeth. Elizabeth said Betty Gray’s group launched her into a lifelong love for the study of genealogy.
The Society will be holding a lineage workshop in the Genealogy Department on the Carnegie Library floor of the Washington Courthouse on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Departmental Genealogical Society. The three lineage societies available within the society include the First Families of Fayette County, open to those who can prove a direct ancestor(s) who lived in Fayette County prior to December 31, 1820. The Century Family Society of the County de Fayette is open to individuals. who can prove that a direct ancestor lived in Fayette County a hundred years ago. Individuals are eligible for Civil War Families of Fayette County Society if one or more ancestors served in the Civil War, Union, or Confederacy, between April 12, 1861 and April 18, 1865, and lived in Fayette County. Fayette or served Fayette County.
You can contact Lineage President Cathy Massie White as directed for forms and rules or obtain them at the workshop. Members and all interested persons are invited to attend.
The next regular meeting of the Society will be held on Monday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room on the ground floor of the Economic Development Building at 101 E. East St. at Washington Court House. Kelli Bergheimer from Powell, Ohio will present “What You Need to Know About the Five DNA Testing Companies”. Kelli is a writer, teacher, editor, national genealogy speaker, and DNA expert. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in education, curriculum and teaching, and a master’s degree in business administration.
For more information regarding these meetings, the Society, or membership, please contact Lineage President Cathy Massie White at 740-333-7227 or [email protected]or Sue Gilmore, President, at 614-864-9609 or [email protected]or Peggy Lester, Research Chair, at 740-495-5720 or [email protected]
Edmond Rumer shares his story about his second great-grandfather, William Goings, who was a prisoner in Andersonville during the Civil War.
Elizabeth Maust Taylor shares her photos and her newspaper article on Genes for Jeans.