History

Forming a local genealogical society was first discussed at a casual meeting of avid genealogists and neighbors, Carrie Adamson and Harry C. Vaiden, III. After involving others, the first public meeting to discuss creating a local genealogical society was held on 7 July 1979 at the Richmond County Library (then on Greene Street). Start-up committees were organized and on 5 Sep 1979, seventy-two people attended the 1st official meeting of the Augusta Genealogical Society.

The first officers elected at that time were:
President: Carrie Adamson
Vice President: Harry T. Evans
Treasurer: Harry C. Vaiden, III
Recording Secretary: Elizabeth Griffin
Corresponding Secretary: Linda Creed

On 19 November 1979, the Augusta Genealogical Society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia. While there are several objectives listed in the official papers, the Mission of the society is to:

“Collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and information in
relation to genealogical, historical, biographical, and heraldic data.”

It’s no secret that the society has existed this long because of Carrie Adamson, our first President. Until 2006-2007, she invested herself 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week to make the Society one of the best in Southeast. Thanks also belong to the long list of volunteers, membership, and community leaders who assisted her along the way.

Today the Society maintains one of only a few independent Genealogical Libraries in the Southeast. The Society sponsors monthly programs and two annual all-day seminars to provide knowledge to our members. The Society has published several books and continues to publish Southern Echoes, our monthly newsletter. We continue to meet the mission of Augusta Genealogical Society based on the 1979 vision of our founders.