Family Research and Road Trips

Does Research Pay Off?

Last Thursday, I took a little road trip to the town of Lithonia, Georgia to do family research.

Log Schoolhouse
Early Public Schools

My intended purpose was to visit the Nancy Guinn Library in Lithonia to do some research on John G SNEAD and the Lithonia Schoolhouse where he taught.

The research stemmed  from a passage I recalled reading from the copy of the family history book several years ago along with another book about the Dekalb County, Georgia region in the early days.

The only references I found was:

“The first Public School house was built in 1847 on what was known today as the Almand Mill Site, Between Stone Mountain Street and the Georgia Railroad. The building was a one-room log house with a dirt floor. Two of the first teachers were named SNEAD and CASSELS”

Reference Source -Lithonia: The First Hundred Years, 1856-1956. Author: Bond, Almand – Publisher: [Lithonia, GA] s. n., [1956]- Conyers-Rockdale Library System – Nancy Guinn Library                GA R 975.8 DEKALB

The information did not give me much to go on.

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed I could not find out more about the schoolhouse or Great Great Grandfather John.

The good news is I now have a starting point.

Next trip, I will research where the schoolhouse was actually located and possibly find out more about the area.

After all, Lithonia was the right location to be looking at. On a more positive note,  researching the history on the town of Lithonia, Georgia will give me insights to some other of ancestors that lived in the area during the 1800’s.

Traveling Through Time

I have heard that the best part of any road trip is the joy of trip itself.

Maybe so, but selecting the route makes the journey even more enjoyable.

Instead of taking the I-85 to I-285 to I-20 expressways, I spent an extra 15 minutes driving to the library by an alternate route.

Traveling the Georgia State Route 124 gave me the opportunity to drive by the cemeteries, churches, communities, and roads I have only read about in my research.

I never realized the locations were all so close together.

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Now that I know where these places are I can take the time to visit, take pictures or videos and get a better understanding of where my ancestors made their homes.

I will have to do plenty of map research before I go off and explore these places though.

The information does not give me much to go on, but it is a starting point.

Selecting the route makes the journey more enjoyable and I whole-heartedly agree the best part of any road trip may be the joy of trip itself, but having a well thought out plan in advance has got to be a big plus.

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Stay Well! William

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