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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 31
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

Are you planning a trip to Europe this year? If you are, it might be good for you to know that twelve countries in Europe have converted their currency to the new "euro."
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have converted. Vatican City, San Marino, Montenegro, Monaco and Andorra are associated countries that will also convert.
Great Britain, Denmark and Sweden will not convert.
In Germany, there will be a grace period. Until February 28, 2002, you may use either the traditional Deutsche mark or the new euro - and both will be accepted as legal currency.
The new euro coin will have the same face or front side in each of the countries involved in the conversion. The backside of each coin will be different for and specific to each of the countries in which they will circulate.
Bank notes, front and back, will all be the same, regardless of the country in which they circulate.
Speaking of traveling...My best friend since 7th grade, Marti Van Horne, and I go most every summer somewhere exciting and take a whole crowd of folks with us. Our trip this coming summer is called MacFrance 2002. We'll explore Celtic Brittany and Normandy with visits to the American memorials at Normandy and Omaha beaches.
We've planned the trip for the first two weeks in June. We limit the number on the tour to about twenty-five.
We've made three trips - to Scotland, England and Wales plus the Shetland Islands - and about half of the travelers each summer either go on every trip or have made their second trip with us! We really do learn a lot and we really do have a grand time. We've made friends that will be forever friends.
If you'd like a brochure about MacFrance 2002, just give me a call at the library (229-985-6540) or come by.
Did you know that Georgia libraries now offer GALILEO Internet access to AncestryPlus?
This means that every single teensie-tiny library in Georgia has the opportunity to open a huge world of genealogical information to their patrons!
At the library in Moultrie, we have one of the premier genealogical libraries already...and the addition of AncestryPlus via GALILEO is just a wonderful addition.
You must access AncestryPlus from the library and there is a time-specific password.
Come to the library and explore this grand new resource!
If you plan to visit Atlanta and utilize the Georgia Archives, beware of the new hours of operation there.
The Georgia Archives will be closed on Mondays for the next year and a half.
Ground was broken for a new archives building last October - and it is estimated it will take another year and a half for the new building to be completed. In the meantime, there is much to be done by archives staff to prepare for the big move. The Monday closings will give staff time to do that preparation work. The new Atlanta Archives will be located in Morrow, Georgia.
If you are researching a slave ancestor or an ancestor who may have owned slaves, go to Only the large plantations are listed here, but it is a valuable tool just the same. You will still need to go to the slave owners schedule for the 1850-1860 census to get all of the needed information.
If you have local Colquitt County stories, queries, recipes, etc., and would like for them to be in this little column, please come see me at the library in Moultrie or give me a call at 229-985-6540.

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