What's New at the Bell Research Center
This page was last updated: April 19, 2016

The Bell Center is proud to announce the acquisition of the 100 volume Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Published in 2001 by Broadfoot Publishing Company, it is an exhaustive collaborative endeavor of numerous researchers with an index of more than 1 million names. The series includes previously unpublished military records, newspaper accounts, and documents from private and university collections.  The Bell Center center is one of the few libraries in Georgia to own this collection.  It is an important resource for any serious Civil War researcher.

A big Thank you to the Georgia Division for making the principle contribution that made this purchase possible.  

The Bell Center has just acquired the six-volume set of the Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederates and Union Soldiers 1861-1865. This work is the result of many years of intensive research relying on the compiled service records, diaries, family and local histories, descendants' letters, wartime newspapers and diaries, etc.  The biographical sketches vary from the brief to the very complete and informative.

This impressive set, published by Broadfoot Publishing, was purchased for the Bell Center by John and Phyllis Adair. This donation was made in honor of John's g-g-uncles John S. Taylor, Jr., a member of Company B, 1st Florida Battalion, the "Florida Cow Cavalry," and Elbert C. Blanton, a member of the 5th Florida Infantry, Company D, the "Bartow Rebels." 
The Cow Cavalry were in charge of finding cattle in the swamps and driving them to Baldwin, a railroad depot near Jacksonville, Florida.
Joseph E. Johnston (1807-1891) was a U.S. military officer who served as a Confederate general during the Civil War (1861-65). A veteran of the Mexican-American War (1846-48), Johnston entered the Civil War as one of the South’s senior officers and was appointed a full general. Johnston was severely wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines in June 1862, and was subsequently replaced by Robert E. Lee. He later commanded Confederate forces in the Western Theater, where he clashed with President Jefferson Davis over his cautious strategy during the Vicksburg and Atlanta Campaigns. Johnston surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina in April 1865. After the war he worked as a railroad executive and insurance agent, and served a term in the U.S. Congress. He died in 1891 at the age of 84.                                                                 history.com
General Joseph E. Johnston Engraving 

The Bell Research Center added four volumes to the ongoing South Carolina Regimental Roster set. We now have all 14 volumes of the projected 50-volume set. 

 The new titles are:
 Palmetto Sharpshooter Regiment, 15th Battalion South Carolina Heavy Artillery, A History of the Fifth South Carolina Volunteers, Walk in the Light; The Journey of the 10th and 19th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry.
South Carolina Regimental Roster Set Additions
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Visit from The Georgia Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

Last Saturday June 28, 2014 the Bell Research Center hosted the chapter meeting and field trip for the Georgia Chapter of the APG. 

The Georgia Chapter of the APG was established in 2004 and is dedicated to promoting professionalism in genealogical research through meetings, discussions of topics of interest, and agreeing to the APG Code of Ethics. To find out more about the Georgia chapter of the APG check out their website here.

Below are photos from the event.

Building our Collection

Genealogy Merit Badge                          

Exploring your roots - where your family name came from, 
why your family lives where it does, what your parents and 
grandparents did for fun when they were your age - can be 
fascinating. Discovering your ancestors back through history 
is what genealogy is all about.


Explain to your counselor what the words genealogy, ancestor, and descendant mean.
Do ONE of the following:
Create a time line for yourself or for a relative. Then write a short biography based on that time line.
Keep a journal for six weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.
With your parent’s help, choose a relative or a family acquaintance you can interview in person, by telephone, or by email or letter. Record the information you collect so you do not forget it.
Do the following:
Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.
Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.
Tell how you would evaluate the genealogical information you found for requirement 4b.
Contact ONE of the following individuals or institutions. Ask what genealogical services, records, or activities this individual or institution provides, and report the results:
A genealogical or lineage society
A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)
A surname organization, such as your family’s organization
A genealogical educational facility or institution
A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)
Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. You may complete this requirement by using the chart provided in this pamphlet or the genealogy software program of your choice.
Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. On another family group record form, show one of your parents and his or her brothers and sisters as the children. This requirement may be completed using the chart provided or the genealogy software program of your choice.
Do the following:
Explain the effect computers and the Internet are having on the world of genealogy.
Explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.
Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.

It was an honor for the Bell Center to be a host for An Evening with A. Lloyd Wagnon, Lt. Col. USAF, Retired.  A book signing followed after the talk.
Blues for Dixie was a Bell Research Center Fundraiser held at the Cumming Playhouse.  Featured performers were the Local Legends of Canton and the Coal Mountain Band.  A dozen guest artists sat in for a few songs, including our own Frank Clark.  
The Bell Research Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of 54 Confederate bills that are in excellent condition.  They come from the Calhoun Family collection.
September 2015
Board of Directors member Dan Bennett has contributed to the Bell Research Center a rare first edition History of the 42nd Georgia Regiment written by Captain William Calhoun.  The author's father, James Calhoun, was the mayor of Atlanta during the War Between the States.
Thank you to the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy for two rare first-edition books.
April 2016
The Bell Center has received a great gift from board member David Vis: a WWII Japanese trunk that was brought home by an Atlanta airman. It includes silk bombing maps, a large collection of photographs, a punching bag and gloves, and Philippine and Japanese occupation money. The entire collection is in superb condition. 
April 2016
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