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National Genealogical Society honors local author
Award second in two years
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For more information about the works of Ted Brooke, go to the Georgia Genealogical Society website, www.gagensociety.org.

CUMMING — For the second time in as many years, a Cumming resident has been honored for his genealogical work.

Ted Brooke recently received an award from the National Genealogical Society for his book, “Georgia Stray Wills, 1733-1900.”

Brooke said he worked more than 40 years compiling the book of “stray” wills, or those that were not properly recorded by county probate courts.

The book contains nearly 550 such wills, listed in alphabetical order by the name of the deceased.

Brooke compiled the wills by researching sources such as Georgia Supreme and Superior Court case files, secondary published records and private papers. 

Brooke garnered the society’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.

Brooke received the same award last year for the second edition of “Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians, and Other Researchers.”

He shared the 2013 award with Robert Davis, who served as his writing partner on that project.

This year, Brooke was the lone recipient of the award.

“I’m not sure if anyone has ever received this award two times in a row, so that was very exciting for me,” he said.

The National Genealogical Society, according to its website, is an interest group founded in 1903 in Washington D.C.

The goals of the organization are to promote genealogical skill development, establish high standards of genealogical research and increase awareness of and interest in family history.

Brooke’s interest in history goes back to age 12, when he wanted to learn more about his family’s role in the Civil War.

Since becoming an adult, he has published more than 15 genealogical research books for the Georgia Genealogical Society, including several covering Forsyth County in particular.

“I enjoy being able to help people find whatever it is they’re looking for in their own family research,” he said.