Don Shadburn's Official Website
Don L. Shadburn, a native of Forsyth County, attended public schools in Cumming and completed his degree work at Truett McConnell College and the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. He taught in the county school system for the next thirty years and developed the first comprehensive Science Education program for middle-school students.
He began historical and genealogical research in 1965. A few years later he broadened his field of research to include in-depth study of the county's non-Indian pioneers and Cherokee families of mixed blood.As editor and author, he published the county's first history in 1981, Pioneer History of Forsyth County, Georgia, following his appointment as county historian by the Forsyth County Board of Commisioners. In late 1989, he completed and published Cherokee Planters in Georgia, 1832-1838, an academic work which has received acclaim nationwide. In 1993, soon after retiring, Shadburn published the third book in his "Pioneer-Cherokee Heritage Series," an 800-page volume entitled, Unhallowed Intrusion: A History of Cherokee Families in Forsyth County, Georgia. This publication was recipient of the first Lilla Mills Hawes Award (1995) presented by the Georgia Historical Society. Collaborating with historian Ted O. Brooke, he compiled, edited, and published a history of Forsyth County's Confederate soldiers, widows, and pensioners in 1997, Crimson and Sabres: A Confederate Record of Forsyth County, Georgia. Don Shadburn has published his new, third book on Cherokee mixed-blood famiies and personalities, Upon Our Ruins: A Study in Cherokee History and Genealogy.
His feature stories have appeared in several periodicals including The Chronicles of Oklahoma, North Georgia Journal, Georgia Magazine, and Genealogy Today. In 1973 he wrote a series of historical articles for the Forsyth County News under the title "The Cottonpatch Chronicle," and a second series in 1996 with the title "Speaking of History." Recently an article was written about his new publication, Upon Our Ruins, in the AJC in a piece wrote by Kenneth Thomas Jr. Don Shadburn is recognized by historians and genealogists as a leading research authority on Georgia families of Cherokee blood.