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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Actual Images of Wills vs. Abstracts

We used to abstract old wills because of the tedious and almost impossible task of digitizing. There are many books which have been written with abstracted county wills for every State. This is convenient. However, a great deal of information is lost by not having every word of the document. How better to do it than to digitize every word written by the clerk in his book. When someone died, the will was brought to the county court house where the decedent resided. The clerk then recorded in his own hand-writing the will, followed by the date of probate. There are lots of goodies recorded by the clerk. You get names of witnesses, codicils, petitions of heirs, surrogate courts where the will was also recorded, inventories, sales, annual returns, receipts and vouchers of heirs, and on and on.  "The devil is in the detail".  No truer statement applies than in genealogical research. So what happened to the original will? It was filed in a special place at the court house. These documents ended up in basements and storage areas until they mildewed and died.  The clerk's handwriting represented the style of the era, with all of its flourishes and dots.  Best to learn that a character which resembles a "p" was probably a double "s".  Wills were filed in the order they were presented to the court. In other words, by deaths. So, what you are viewing is the deaths of friends, neighbors and relatives during their own particular era. Georgia Pioneers has digitized the first and second will books in most counties; also some old estates.  Convenience is the key word here. Had you rather view old wills quickly on your computer, or make a trip to the Georgia State Archives in Morrow, Georgia?

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