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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Some Tips on Finding Marriages

Finding old marriages is difficult, mostly because there were no requirements for the minister to file them with the court house until after 1900. People had to post the bans at the local church.  This asks the question : How do I find the church register of baptisms, deaths and marriages?  A few of these have survived, mostly because people snooped around and located them.  You will find some on microfilm at the Georgia State Archives.  Also, in the old D. A. R. publications.  It is wise to consider trying to locate bible records, and, like marriages, these records were preserved by a few persons.  At the Georgia Archives, you an search their vast folder collection.  It is alphabetical and you can make copies on a nearby machine.  Another source is various genealogical magazines published during certain time periods.  These collections are usually found in regional libraries.  And then there are the deed records.  Again, I emphasize the importance of searching for your families in the deeds.  This is where you will find recorded Marriage Contracts.  And of course, search the wills, because people leave bequests to their children, including the married ones.  When you get a surname from a will, simply go to the county marriages and look it up.  Also, when people inherited, they gave receipts.  They also purchased from the sales of estates and legatees were named in the annual returns throughout the duration of the probate. Images of old wills easy to read are found on Georgia Pioneers

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