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Monday, May 13, 2019

Look for the Names of your Ancestors on Monuments

Look for the Names of your Ancestors on Monuments

Egyptian Hierglyphs
Throughout the ages, mankind has recorded history in a number of ways, viz: clay tablets, brass plates, papyrus, cement, etc. The case of erecting monuments is universal and dates back to ancient times.

The cuneiform writing of the Sumerians, Egyption hierglyphs, Cretan hieroglyphs, Chinese hieroglyphs, Indus script and the Olmec script of Mesoamerica are but a few methods used in the preservation of historical events and populations. Not to mention monuments, gravestones, footstones, markers, obelisks, plaques and cairns which were included in ancient cities, towns and kingdoms across the map.  And America came along and adopted that same practice.

Once, while visitiing the Gwinnett County Court House, I noticed a monument in front which told about the militia driving an Indians war party from Georgia in 1834.  The list of those who fought included the children of one of my ancestors!  For years I had searched for the names of his children and here was the date and place of an event which recorded their deaths!   The monuments are a great help to remembering historical events which occurred in other times. 

That makes the vandelism and destruction of our historical monuments as one of the worst atrocities in all the history of mankind on this earth!




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Monday, May 6, 2019

When the Computer is Not the Answer to Genealogy

 When the Computer is Not the Answer to Genealogy

The modern age of technology is wonderful!  However, we must not rely upon genealogy programs to find the ancestors. Everyone knows that tracing the family roots is a tedious process involving many long years of hard work. To the new researchers out there: one cannot just sign up somewhere and expect to find the family tree.  Should you think that this is the case, the work itself is riddled with errors.  For this reason connecting to a World Tree is not advisable. One must keep their errors to themselves, not share them!  That is, until they are resolved with factual evidence.  Otherwise, in the end, that World Tree will be a trash dump no one wants to tackle.  Already the term "junk genealogy" has emerged and cleanup is near impossible. The computer programs of today merging data are not cutting it.  Hence, human beings must continue to control genealogical research and maintain it privately on a simple computer program.



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Monday, April 29, 2019

The Battle of the Pen


The Battle of the Pen

QuillThere were a number of Indian Wars and skirmishes in America, as well as the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and the War with Mexico. Do you know your history? If you read history books in school, you do not. The real answers come from researching the movements of American ancestors as they settled upon the vast virgin wilderness. For years after the end of the Civil War, a magazine was published detailing the events of each battle, which included the names of regiments, companies, officers and privates as they fought certain battles. In other words, the northern officers and southern officers wrote vivid details concerning their participation in each battle of the war. The stories often conflicted, however, in the end, the South won the "Battle of the Pen." Perhaps it was this literary accomplishment which boosted the morale of the defeated South, devastated and lying in waste all through the Reconstruction period and through the depression of the 1930s.


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Genealogists Search Many States

Genealogists Search Many States

plowingAll of a person's ancestors did not reside in one State. After coming to this country, they moved around with great regularity. That is because land was so important to survival. The habit of allowing fields to remain fallow for two years or more was helpful, but not enough. A good rich, loamy soil was required to sustain generations of families. In Virginia, it was tobacco which quickly depleted the soil, and soon as ther American Revolution, families were on the move. Genealogists, look to the land grants of these soldiers (for service) and subsent land lotteries in Georgia. Many families drew and won land in the lotteries, according to the number of persons in the family. That is why it is important to examine Tax Digests, which list the number of acres and the county. We trace the movement of our ancestors through deed records, tax digests, land grants and lotteries. As families moved along, it becomes necessary to examine the county records everywhere that they resided. This is where marriage records were recorded, deeds given, and estates probated. Also, a close examination of local cemeteries and churches is indicated. Why? Because burial records and church registers also tell the story. Georgia Pioneers has a vast collection of county records and includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It is easy to search from one state to the next using the same portal. 



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Searching Land Lottiers to Find Old Home Place

Searching Land Lotteries to Find the Old Home Place

Capitol Avenue, Atlanta, 1900sMy grandmother lived in McPherson, a village spun off for temporary housing for those who built train tracks throughout Georgia. My grandfather had the local merchandise store and my grandmother would board the train and go to Atlanta. Ironically, her stop was Terminal Station. I wonder if she realized that as the being the actual land which was once owned by Archibald Holland in 1824, having drawn all of Atlanta in the land lottery. Memoirs of Georgia published in 1895 consists of interviews with Georgia residents. A son of Archibald Holland gave his account of having been born on Capitol Avenue in Atlanta. This information, combined with a plat of the land drawn in the lottery, located the site of the old home place for me. Later on, I was surprised to discover that during the early part of the 20th century the Atlanta Constitution published a photo of the old house which was reported to have been the oldest house in Atlanta which was temporarily used about 1845 as the residence of a local official. A good reason to search the Georgia Land Lotteries and newspapers,eh?



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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinPeople write some interesting stuff in their wills! Before we had the Internet, a convenient method of discovering the heirs was to read "abstracts" of wills, estates, deeds and marriages which were published in book. This tremendous undertaking by the authors of genealogy was insurmountable in brilliance. It saved the researcher a great deal of time. But now that we have access Internet to full documents on Georgia Pioneers. Reading the entire document is a boon to genealogists for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the heirs are mentioned with the details of their specific inheritance, and relationship to the deceased. Second, some of our previous assumptions taken from the abstracts can be clarified. Third, we can discover new information. And fourth, all the details are included, some of which the abstracter did not include because it was not clearly discernible on the old microfilm equipment. _____________________________________________________________________________ 

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Children Need a Back-Bone #genealogy

The Children Need a Back-Bone

bonesThere is a great deal of stress upon the parents of today, especially dealing with a disruptive society who takes its complaints to the streets. Perhaps it is time our children learned who they are and quit demonstrating in the streets. A little understanding concerning their own ancestors could help to give the kids a back-bone. Actually, we owe our ancestors a hearty thank-you for the great? sacrifice which was made that we might have a better life, be a free Nation. Tracing one Revolutionary War Soldier in the family could unfold a world of character. I have a story of an ancestor who was persuaded to take up a land grant in the Allegheny Mountains during the early 1700s, only to have friends and relatives scalped and daughters taken as slaves. When fifty years of age, all of his neighbors between 16 and 50 joined the militia and went into battle against Cornstalk, Chief of the Shawnee Indians. After a long and wounding battle, the chief finally signed a treaty. Yet, the Indians continued to plague the settlements of white settlers up until the time of the Revolutionary War. Then, my aged ancestor left his hoome in the West and went to North Carolina to enlist in the Continental Army. He fought the battles of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and finally Yorktown, Virginia until the end of the war. For his service, he was given over 1000 acres of land in Georgia. A enormously emotional and herioc story arose from this find and I wanted my children to feel the impact of so grand a scale of sacrifice. Therefore, I researched his exciting battles alongside his commander, Colonel Ludwell Lee who was called by General Greene to prevent the British from taking Augusta, Georgia. The armies which Lee assembled fought the famous Colonel Banastre Tarleton, named as the "butcher" because that British Colonel slaughtered a South Carolina regiment while under a flag of surrender. This sensation caused an uproar in the ranks of the rebels who were determined to win a battle against the merciless and difficult-to-defeat Tarleton, which they did accomplish. It was bravery and sacrifice which forged this country into a free country. And we carry that same brave independence and yearning for freedom as those who fought before us. Thus, who, with the blood of such greatness in their veins, with their signs and burnt flags, can dare to riot in the streets of America and demand that this treasure be ripped away from the fabric of our Constitution? 



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Monday, April 1, 2019

Discover the Past in a Special Way

Discover the Past in a Special Way

At some point in just about everyone's life, they wish that they had listened to their parents or grandparents. In later life, the yearning to know more about ourselves and those who came before us seems to accelerate. Everyone has uniquely interesting ancestors who played special roles in our history. Their stories are worth passing down to the children. As one who has traced many of my own families back to William the Conqueror, there are wonders to behold! The pedigree chart doubles in names with each passing generation and our eyes are opened to realize that we are connected to some of the most prominent players in historical events.





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