|Welcome to Southern Aspects, a site dedicated to
Georgia genealogy. First, let me introduce
myself. I'm Joanne Smalley and for over thirty years, I worked
as a reference archivist at the Georgia Archives. During that
time, I developed a love of genealogy and an appreciation for the
history of this State. Now, that I'm retired, I continue to do
what I love: research Georgia records for genealogical,
historical and legal purposes. My only regret is that my family
roots are not in Georgia. Ah, if only my ancestors had had the
good sense to migrate to this Great State. But, I digress.
Pour yourself a glass of tea (iced, of course) and sit and visit
a spell. If you're interested in political history, check out
Scandals for information on
one of this State's more outrageous political scandals -- it was
a time when the dead voted and three men all claimed to be the
rightful governor of Georgia.
If the Colonial era captures your
interest, click on the link to
Early Settlers to find out
a little bit about those men and women who crossed an ocean to
establish a Colony in the new world.
Environmental issues? See
why the Georgia Legislature named the Right Whale as the
official state marine mammal.
If you're a genealogist, novice or experienced, spend a
little time poking around the Genealogy section. For those just
starting out on the trek, take a look at
Family History Research. As you learn a little
bit about methodology and sources, each page will provide a link to
the next topic. For convenience, links to all topics
covered may be found on the left.
Over the years, I've encountered records that I thought were
just plain interesting and under utilized by researchers. Some
of these I've indexed, some I've abstracted -- they are also listed on
the left hand side. As time goes on, I intend to add more.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or experienced
family history researcher, I hope you will find this site