AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
Funeral Records Connect Families
The knowledge of how families are connected is sometimes lost after a few generations.
The Eula M. Ramsey Johnson Memorial Funeral Program Collection, though, can help people fill in the gaps.
"It's a unique source of information for African-Americans," said Dottie Demarest, the reference librarian and genealogy/local history specialist at the Augusta Headquarters Library, where the collection of funeral programs of blacks is kept. "It has detailed genealogical information from the family about their family. It's a direct source. It would be hard to find a lot of the information they contain from anywhere else."
The collection, which is also referred to as the African-American Funeral Program Collection, started with 300 programs that were donated to the library.
Today, the collection consists of more than 1,200 funeral programs dating to 1957. People from Richmond County and outlying counties in Georgia and South Carolina are included.
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