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Monday, February 18, 2019

So Many Ways into the Past!

So Many Ways into the Past

broken tombstonesSomewhere there is a road to the old home place. It may be covered over with dirt or cement, but it exists. The past is not completely hidden. We learn that in archaeological digs. As erosion, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, lava and fire help sweep away former times, we forget. As communities and villages disappear into towns and cities, the world turns. Somehow we think that we are the substance of all civilization. Yet the surface has not been touched so far as discovery is concerned. There still remains the written records which genealogists crave to help explain and complete their own history. Despite the loss of important documents, clues remain. At this moment, genealogists are beginning to share their information over the Internet. A recent discovery of my own was that someone had shared a photograph of my great-grandfather over the Internet. For years, I searched for this soldier who died during the Civil War. Seems that he was a surgeon who served in an Alabama regiment. Imagine the joy which I experienced in seeing this photograph! Did you realize that people hid important documents behind wooden walls, under floorboards and in wells? An afternoon in the woods near the the old home place might turn up broken tombstones buried in pine needles, or tin cans buried in the dirt containing items of interest. 



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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Images of Baker Co. GA Wills, Estates #gagenealogy #georgiapioneerscom

Baker County Wills and Estates

Baker CountyBaker County was created on Dec. 12, 1825 by an act of the General Assembly and was formed from the entire eastern portion of Early County. Early Settlers: Henry Brown, A. S. Cook, John Fennell, C. Galloway, J. A. Gassett, Amos Grant, H. Hall, Fred Metts, C. F. Norris, Elijah Pearce and Thomas Robinson.

Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Inventories (1868 to 1875
  • Inventories (1875 to 1918)
  • Sale Bills (1874 to 1915)
  • 12-months Support (1882 to 1924)
  • Homestead Records (1883 to 1942
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers (1872 to 1920)
  • Wills (1868 to 1918)
  • Wills (1868 to 1962)

Online Images of Baker County Wills (1868 to 1919)

Names of Testators: Allen, Louisa;Atkison, John;Bailey, Benjamin;Bailey, William;Baker, Georgia;Ball, Sallie;Butler, William;Fleming, Thomas;Gallaway,Cornelius;George, James;Hall, Ella;Hall, H. H.;Hall, Warren;Hay, Olivia;Holt, Taft;Ivey, Elizabeth;Ivy, Anne;Jackson, Martha;Jones, Harriett;Jones, Reuben;Kerney, John;Kidd, Cornelia;Livingston, W. C.;Lyons, George;Mackey, Gus;Mathis, Henry;Mathis, L. J.;McRainey, M. A.;Nesbitt, Thomas;Norris, Charlie;Odum, Andrew;Odum, Purd;Perry, John;Rhodes, R. M.;Russell, Otto;Stamper, M. W.;Tanner, John;Thomas, Crawford;Thomas, Patsy;Weathersby, Helen;Williams, Dennis;Williams, W. D.;Young, Ashley;Young, Mary



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Disowned by Quakers #gagenealogy #georgiapioneerscom

Disowned by Quakers

QuakersWilliam Mitchell was born in Ireland and came to America when he was seventeen years of age, landed in Delaware Bay and settled in Pennsylvania in 1770. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War and received 287 1/2 acres in 1784 in Washington (later Hancock) County. A deed dated July 8, 1788 shows that William Mitchell of Washington County sold 100 acres of land in Washington County to Absalom Jackson, being 100 acres in the Township of Wrightsboro. 

In 1805 he removed to Wilkinson County. He was disowned by the Quakers for serving in the Revolutionary War, and moved on to take up his residence in Wilkinson County.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Key to Finding Ancestors in the Collections of Today #gagenealogy #georgiapioneerscom

The Key to Finding your Ancestors in the Collections of Today

keyThings have certainly changed since the days of searching through dusty libraries and reading unindexed books and microfilm! But with the launching of the Internet and establishing genealogical records thereon, the task has just begun! What with burned county records all over America and immigration records yet to be translated and published, there is so much more to be discovered. While searching my ancestors in the field, I discovered that county clerks frequently took those big ledger books home with them to work on. Sometimes, a person produced a ledger to the court house found stored in the attic. (I request the Mormon church to visit the person and microfilm it). This explains how ledger books find their way to antique s. There are shops. There are other avenues of discovery, viz: church records. One has to visit the neighborhood where families resided, old churches and graveyards to ascertain what survived and who has possession of the old baptisms, marriages and mortuary records. State Archives also receive church records from donors and place them on microfilm? But you have to search for it in the floor catalog. During the 1930s the DAR collected old bible records and donated their books to the Archives. Regional libraries contain their own special collections. Meanwhile, Internet collections also vary. Essentially, Ancestry has digitized those records available at the National Archives; which includes census, revolutionary war and immigration records. You can also visit the National Archives online and have access to their digitized records available to the public. No matter whose collection one researches, there remains more information to be discovered. It behooves one to join more than one genealogy website. Especially if those websites continue to add more information. After all, there remains a great deal to be added to the Internet collections. The records of Pioneer Families contains mostly images of old wills, estates, marriages, some 10,000 traced families, cemeteries, and my own vast collection of obituaries, notes and books in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia, all growing collections. 



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Monday, February 11, 2019

Measles during the Revolutionary War

Measles during the Revolutionary War

measlesEpidemic diseases were serious issues during the Revolutionary War, particularly in New England where the population experienced many outbreaks of diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles and whooping cough. William Aaron enlisted in the 10th Virginia Line from Amherst County, Virginia and marched to headquarters at Bowbrook, New Jersey; thence over the mountain where he came down with measles and was sent to a hospital in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. However, upon rejoining his regiment in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he suffered a relapse and was put in the White Horse Hospital near Philadelphia. Despite the measles, Aaron completed three years of service in the war before making his home in Franklin County. 



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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Envision the Activities of Colonial Days to Help Find Ancestors #georgiapioneerscom

Envision the Activites of Colonial Days to Help Find Ancestors

Sand Bar FerryIn colonial days, the mode of transportation was local rivers whose tributaries also flowed into other waters, as well as the sea. It is not too difficult to determine the first residents of an area and then compare those names to other regions. For example, the Gibbons and Bryans had estates and relatives in Savannah and in Liberty County which were frequently visited by water. Ferries located along the Savannah River between Edgecombe, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia accommodated other families such as the Butlers and Youngbloods. Vessels from Europe as well as the West Indies frequented the coasts. Families in New England visited the Georgia resort, Sunbury, and built cottages. Thus, this remote village in Liberty County became a fashionable sojourn for winter residents long before the onset of the Revolutionary War. Plats are excellent resources in determining where people resided. If you can discover the names of neighbors and friends, more avenues of interest enter the horizon. We cannot assume that the colonials were without means of socialization because they were active in contacting and writing letters to relatives and friends.  . . . more . . .



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It is a Mistake to Accept the Pedigree of Others #georgiapioneerscom

It is a Mistake to Accept the Pedigrees of Others

gold watchA lot of pedigrees are being placed upon the Internet, Beware of mistakes! Accepting the research of someone else may steer one into a mess which is far afield from his true ancestry! For this reason, it is always a good idea to check out the listed resources. Also, abstracted records such as wills and estates should be fully researched. By that I mean, the original will recorded in the court house by the clerk and written in his own handwriting is the nearest thing to reality. One must read the old documents in order to get the gist of the testator's intent. The spelling of names and number of heirs may be flawed. At one point or the other one the researcher has to ascertain this for himself. Genealogy is fun, but it is also riddled with errors. Beware! 
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Images of Baldwin Co. GA Wills, Estates #gagenealogy #georgiapioneerscom

Baldwin County Marriages, Wills, Estates, Newspapers, Land Lotteries

MilledgevilleBaldwin County was created in 1803 by Creek Cessions of June 1802. Three years later the land was distributed by the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. After the second lottery (1807), five new counties were created from parts of Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties: Morgan, Randolph (later Jasper), Jones, Putnam, Telfair. Later, portions of Wilkinson and Hancock Counties were added. The court house burned in 1861. The county was named after Abraham Baldwin; Milledgeville was named the first governor of Georgia, John Milledge.

Baldwin County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Online Images of Wills and Estates

  • Will Book A 1806-1829 (abstracts)
  • Wills 1829-1854 (abstracts)

Marriages

  • Marriage Book A 1806-1820
  • Marriages 1806-1851
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Will Book B 1829-1868
  • Will Book C 1868-1936
  • Annual Returns, Book A 1813-1820
  • Baldwin County Annual Returns, Book B 1820-1824
  • Annual Returns, Book C 1824-1831
  • Annual Returns, Book D 1831-1842
  • Baldwin County Annual Returns, Book E 1839-1856

Online Images of Probate Records

  • 1819 County Order Book; applicants of Widows of late war, orphans of Britton and Indians, Revolutionary War Officers and soldiers and persons who served in the Seminole War.
  • 1820 Land Lottery (Those who were eligable to draw) (digital images)
  • 1820 Tax Digest
  • 1820 Baldwin County Land Lottery

Memoirs of Georgia

  • Baldwin County Residents (Memoirs of Georgia)

Images of Newspapers

  • The Southern Recorder 1826 to 1829
  • List of Letters published July 13, 1828



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