The John B. Gordon Chapter 383 of the UDC was enlightened by information concerning genealogy resources available through the local Thomas County Public Library. Chapter Historian Florence Harrell introduced Perida Mitchell, manager of the Heritage Room, as the program speaker. Mitchell has been with the library since July 1993. She started as a reference assistant and took over as manager a few years later.
Mitchell fell in love with genealogy while working at the library. Her family's genealogy is deeply rooted in Thomasville. She comes from a family that proudly has served in the U.S. armed forces.
She presented a powerpoint presentation demonstrating several resources available in the Heritage Room, as well as using the internet for researching genealogy. The members learned information concerning some Georgia county history books, local society pamphlets and newsletters, history of Thomas County Pre-War Between the States and 1920s that are located in the Heritage Room. Also, local digitized newspapers from 1861-1976 are accessible only inside the library. One can access years 2007-2021 online. Mitchell went into further detail discussing the advantages of using Heritage Hub and Newsbank online. This resource can be accessed from home.
Mitchell had a table display which included some unusual finds such as: newcomers photo books, scrapbook photos from the Thomasville-Times Enterprise, family history books, sports hall of fame bios, Green Book directories, local junior high, high school, private and college yearbooks, first catalogues to order flowers from the Hjort Collection, Thesis from local Thomasvillians, and first printings of local authors.
She shared her enthusiasm about genealogy with the chapter. Harrell presented Mitchell with a gift from the chapter after the program. John B. Gordon Chapter 383 UDC also gave a book to the library in Mitchell's honor.
The meeting was presided over by Sheila Tucker, president. Members brought puzzle books, therapy art books and Sudoku books that will be sent later to veterans in a nearby veterans hospital. Flags and magnet pictures of the U.S.A. flag were furnished for members by Mary Margaret Quiggle in remembrance of September 11, 2001.