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Friday, November 22, 2013

Finding Original Documents

If you go to the court house and ask for an old (original will document), the employees will not know what you are talking about. You need to ask for the oldest will books.  But there are draw-backs here. Chances are they are in the general index on the computer and you have to fnd it, then wait for that record to be brought to you.  Yet there are other problems.  Some counties sent their oldest record books to the local historical society while other counties have them stored off-site.  I have visited court houses whose employees not only did not know what records I meant, but did not wish to find out.  You might be standing there, waiting for action, when nobody cares. As far as old documents are concerned, they do not exist.  Oh, you might notice a few under the glass of some historical society or find them under special collections (which you have to ask the clerk to bring you) at the State Archives.  In the interest of time, the best solution is to visit the State Archives and search for your items on microfilm.  That posts another deterrant.  These days, States are beset with budget crisis'. The Georgia State Archives operated under an open 2-day per week schedule for the past two years. Recently, when its budget was assumed by the University of Georgia system, it is currently open to the public on Wed-Thurs-Fri and Sat each week, barring holidays and such.  A good choice is to become a member of the largest genealogy website for Georgia, Georgia Pioneers and search the records. The first and second will books of most counties have been digitized and are easily viewable. All that you need to do is to click on the "name".  You might say "well, it is expensive to join". But is it?  You can go through a lot of information quickly and do not have to get in your car and drive in traffic, then dig through microfilm.  Plus, your subscription entitles you to some "free" brickwall research on one Georgia family!  It is worth a try!

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