I am not able to
keep up with emails requesting information on how to make reservations at
local bed and breakfasts or trips to Cumberland Island. I also do not have
a list of motels. I am *not* a travel agent. :-) Please call one if you
need this type of information or contact
Camden County Online or
Kingsbay.net. My focus is more towards the past than the future...
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HOW did my family information
get on your web site?!?
About this Site
This information was
provided by Tara Fields as regards her start with The Crypt
In August of 1995 my
then-boyfriend (now ex-husband), James Fields, helped start the first Camden
and Glynn County Internet Service called GnatNET. With his help I quickly
learned how to make web pages. After looking around the web I realized
that my page was just one more page among millions that really didn't
offer anything of interest. I decided something had to change or I just
wouldn't bother keeping a web page.
Early on in our relationship James took me to a place called Burnt Fort
Chapel. This chapel was named after a community in Camden County, GA. I
thought the chapel was quite beautiful. It was nestled in the woods off a
dirt road. I asked James about the history of the place but he really
didn't know much about it. His mother showed me the local history book and
there I found a bit more information about Burnt Fort - and many other
places I had never heard of. So this decided it for me: I would try to add
to the usefulness of the 'net by centering my site around the history of
Camden County, GA. Once I was done with my first few pages I received many
favorable responses from those who enjoyed visiting my site. In addition,
I received many questions that had more to do with genealogy than history.
Knowing nothing about genealogy, but still wanting to help, I began
putting various types of genealogy-related information online.
Since I couldn't do the research myself - I *still* didn't know anything
about genealogy nor did I have time to do the research - I decided to
present the information so people could do it themselves. During this time
I was invited to join the US Gen Web Project, which was still in its
infancy. I accepted but then backed out of the project once it became too
big for its britches. Basically, the USGWP started to "demand" certain
things from me and my website in order for me to conform to their
standards. Their demands included having certain links, graphics,
information, etc. on my website in addition to mandatory mailing list
subscriptions. Since this was my website, one which I created before their
project was even planned, and since I was invited to join, I did not agree
with the idea of them demanding anything of that nature. :-)
During the last couple of years my site has grown quite a bit. Once I
learned that much of Charlton County used to be part of Camden County I
spread my efforts to include that county. I now offer, all online,
marriage records, gedcoms (genealogy databases) provided by visitors to
this site, census records, tax digests, and over 8,000 burial records. In
addition, I started a genealogy/history mailing list for anyone
interested. Buried in here somewhere is the original set of history pages
that started this whole thing off. I'm currently working on a photo
So far my site has been linked to by two major newspapers, the NY Times
(because of the Kennedy marriage on Cumberland Island) and the Times-Union
(during Halloween they linked to my ghost stories page).
Future plans include finishing up the burial records. I have personally
updated over 60 cemeteries (nearly 9,000 burials) so far. There are a few
others that are private that I don't have any records for yet. Because my
family and other obligations take up so much time I can't do personal
lookups in sources that I don't have at home - i.e. I can't look into
reference material from the libraries or records from the courthouse. I do
visit as many places as I am able and collect what information is
available to me. I take lots of photos as well.
In all this I haven't said WHY I'm doing this. I'm not making ANY money,
and it's not my job. In fact, it has cost me thousands of dollars and even
more hours. I do it simply because it's a hobby that I enjoy. I love this
area and wish to help those that can't be here themselves. I wasn't born
here - and as far as our family genealogist, my sister, has been able to
figure out we don't appear to have any ancestors here.
The visitors to my site have given me the encouragement I need to keep
this project going. Some of them have put a lot of effort into adding in
their own genealogy databases, doing lookups for others, and typing up
information to put online. Without them this site wouldn't wouldn't be
what it has grown to today and I
thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
On April 28, 1997 I moved my pages to CyberGate, Inc. because they bought
On August 3rd, 1998 James and I finally married (after a 4 year wait). Now
I can add my name to those who have been married in Camden County.
In December of 1998 I moved my site from CyberGate to my own domain at
www.camdencounty.org . My domain is hosted at www.addr.com Their service
is affordable and reliable. This domain allows me pretty much all the
space I need for the near future.
[As of 2008, the site
was moved to GlynnGen.com and hosted by Amy Hedrick]
I picked the name "The Crypt" because it was the name of my old BBS and
because what's more fitting? This Crypt holds information of people long
Acknowledgements! James Fields, thanks for always looking when I said
"James! Tell me what you think about THIS!!!" Mrs. Barbara Fields, for
telling me cool stories about the area and for lending me some great
books! To Robin, my son, for not kicking me off the computer the small
periods of time I get to use it every week. To my computer, for not
crashing and for chugging along so well while being so mistreated (knock
on plastic). To the Bryan-Lang Library for providing the first set of
burial records, and for doing so much to help others! To Jack Mays for
sharing stories and for letting me "borrow" (long term!) a couple of
wonderful history books! And last but not least... to my car! It has never
stranded me while out on a dirt road / back woods trail journey!
That's it in a nutshell. Feel free to look around and check out what's
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All Information is free
for non-profit purposes.
All pages and photos Copyright © Tara D.
Fields 1996 - 2008 unless otherwise noted.
Here are four "golden
rules of copyright" from the USGenWeb Project:
Materials older than 1923 are absolutely safe (public domain)
Relaying FACTS is ok. (This does not mean copying.)
If the material created diminishes the market value of a person's work
the copyright has been violated.
Getting written (not email) permission from the author/publisher is the
surest way to ensure that you are not violating copyright law.
And now some great information on Copyrights:
When you write copy
you have the right to copyright the copy you write, if the copy is
right. If however, your copy falls over, you must right your copy. If
you write religious services you write rite, and have the right to
copyright the rite you write.
Very conservative people write right copy, and have
the right to copyright the right copy they write. A right wing cleric
would write right rite, and has the right to copyright the right rite he
has the right to write. His editor has the job of making the right rite
copy right before the copyright can be right.
Should Thom Wright
decide to write right rite, then Wright would write right rite, which
Wright has the right to copyright. Duplicating that rite would copy
Wright right rite, and violate copyright, which Wright would have the
right to right.
Shelley Herman S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Whittier Chapter
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Link to the Crypt
If you like this
site enough to link to it, feel free.
If you would like to
use a text link, please refer to my site as "The Crypt" and use the base
want me to link to your site, please send me the URL. However, it must
have something to do with Camden or Charlton Counties, Georgia or the
history or genealogy relating to the State of Georgia. Thanks!
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Basically, what you
see is what you get. I do not have much material that is not already
on-line (that can legally be put on-line). I would recommend visiting or
contacting the Bryan-Lang Library for more information.
If you need a paid
researcher, I may be able to help. Please contact Tara Fields
with the specifics and she will let you know the fees involved.
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HOW did my family information get on your web site?
The main way your
family information got on my web site is through your other family
members. Some genealogists that you may not even know donated their
research to this web site. Every section contains the name and contact
information for the person who donated the material.
I am not
related to anyone in this area by blood. The family I married into is
not related to any local families (either by blood or marriage). I
cannot provide you with any more information than what is on this web
site already; however, I may be able to provide you with contact
information of other people who are researching your line.
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