Larry W. Thomas

After serving 8 years in the United States Army, Larry joined the reserves while pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management and obtaining his FAA license as airplane mechanic. Larry returned to the Army as a Transportation \ Logistics officer where he retired as a Captain after 23 years total service. Larry received his MBA in Management Information Systems from Southern Polytechnic State University while working for the US Army Reserves as a Project Manager and earned his Certification as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute in 2013.

Larry began his Genealogy Research almost 30 years ago beginning with his own Thomas Family who have been Georgia residents since the 1750's, then branching out to the rest of his and his late wife's families and began researching for clients in 2008. He recently became semi-retired to pursue genealogy research for clients and his own family, operating He is currently working on several projects including researching and writing on Cobb County's own Akers Mill as the brothers who ran the mill share a common ancestor with Larry's Mother.

Larry is a graduate of ProGen-38, and member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogy Speakers Guild, Gwinnett Historical Society, Serves on the Board of the Georgia Genealogical Society, and past president of the Cobb County Genealogy Society.

August 7, 2021 - LIVE Webinar!

Register for the Zoom meeting at OCCGS0807Thomas

10:10 AM - The Tax Man Cometh

Do not overlook the wealth of information found in the tax records. As Daniel Defoe is credited for saying in a book in 1726, "Things as certain as death and taxes...," we simply cannot avoid them. Up until the early 1900s, people were taxed on their land and other possessions and these can help in the research of your ancestors. We will examine several sets of records from around the U. S. and see what we can learn from them.


11:20 AM - Tying History to Your Research

Do you know how to interpret your findings on an ancestor in light of history? Are you looking at what was happening in the area, the country, and the world for the time-period being researched? How often do we hear that a family immigrated from Ireland in the 1830s due to the potato famine which did not start until 1845? We need to examine history very closely so we can better understand our ancestors and how they lived their lives. We will examine several situations you should be aware of that will aid you in telling their story.


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