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Cumming man honored for publication
Genealogical handbook receives award as best in nation
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Forsyth County News

The work of a local man was recently recognized by the National Genealogical Society.

Ted Brooke of Cumming was honored, along with his writing partner, Robert Davis of Alabama, by the national organization for the second edition of “Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians, and Other Researchers.”

The book serves a guide for anyone interested in studying the field of genealogy in Georgia.

“It’s pretty much for anybody who wants to look up things from days gone by,” Brooke said.

He and Davis were honored with the national organization’s Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources, which is given annually to a book or other publication that serves to advance or promote excellence in genealogy. 

The award is presented to just one publication from throughout the country each year.

Brooke said he was “overwhelmed” to receive the award.

“I’m not an expert,” he said. “I’ll tell anybody that there aren’t any experts, there are just some people with more experience than others.”

Davis does have quite a bit of experience. He’s authored or compiled more than 15 books on Georgia history and records, including several on Forsyth County history.

“Georgia Research” was first published in 2001 by the Georgia Genealogical Society, based on a workbook Brooke and Davis put together in the late 1980s.

“The edition we did in 2001 was about 200 pages and this new one is about 300 pages,” Brooke said.

“We had to redo the whole thing, from top to bottom, front to back, and inside and out.”

Brooke said the book has a lot of information that someone new to Georgia genealogy might not know.

For example, he noted that sometimes finding records such as marriage and birth certificates can be tricky since the state has so many counties and most were carved out from other counties.

“So one family might have never moved, but they might be listed in records from three or four different counties,” he said.

“We want to point people in the right direction.”

Brooke said he and Davis put the book together for the benefit of the Georgia Genealogical Society.