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Georgia Research Locations: Not Just for Georgia Researchers!
2018-11-28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Details about unexpected Georgia research spots regardless of your ancestor’s location or yours. Melody reviews at least 5 GA research locations to visit on your next trip down south/up north. Some are surprising in what you will find on those ancestors who never even went to Georgia.
· Huxford-Spear Genealogy Library
· Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
· Thomasville Genealogical Library
· GA Archives
· SE NARA
About our Speaker
Melody Porter’s background started in banking and mortgage finance, but as businesses
transformed and began using computer software, she became a business analyst and
project manager. She is a lover of history and family stories. In her spare time, she has
been researching her genealogy for over 30 years. Initially escaping to Thomasville,
Georgia, she made her getaway and is pursuing genealogy fulltime as a genealogy and
history researcher, lecturer and writer. Melody specializes in Florida, Georgia and Native
American research, but has a soft spot for French and English history. Proud to be a
Native American (both Cherokee and Choctaw), Melody is a voting member of the Western
Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.
She has attended The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research(IGHR) at Samford
University in Birmingham, AL as well as local, state and national genealogy conferences
(NGS & FGS) to stay up on the newest trends. As a Daughters of the National Society
American Revolution (NSDAR) member, she is constantly improving her research skills by
helping others join DAR/SAR. She and her parents have had DNA tests and they enjoy
finding new cousins.
Melody is a former Director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa where she began
her career in genealogy by attending the first Genealogy Cruise with well-known
genealogists, George Morgan and Drew Smith, now known as the Genealogy Guys.
As the past Secretary of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and former
Records Administrator and Reviewer for the FSGS Pioneer Certification Committee,
Melody has substantial experience with Florida research. Melody was previously the 1st
Vice President for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)
and member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS). As past Treasurer/Seminar
Chair, Melody coordinated the Tallahassee Genealogical Society (TGS) annual seminar
including the years that George Morgan and Megan Smolenyak were speakers.
Now State Registrar for the Georgia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
(GSSDAR) and Thomasville GA DAR Chapter Registrar, Melody is utilizing her skills in
genealogy combined with service to the community. She is also a member of the GA State
DAR Speakers Staff, GA State DAR Volunteer Genealogists and an associate member of
the Old Unicoi Trail DAR Chapter in Blairsville GA and the Rochambeau Chapter in Paris,
France. Proud to prove her heritage for United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC)
through a Choctaw ancestor, Melody, her mother and aunt all recently became members of
the Texas State Society of Mayflower Descendants (TXSOMD).
Melody is available to speak at meetings, reunions, conferences and seminars. All lectures
include a question-and-answer period, visual presentations and handouts, and interactive
participation is encouraged. Passion is the description of Melody’s feeling for everything