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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tear down brickwalls with Deed Records

Every genealogist has a "brickwall" somewhere!  It is simply inevitable.  Just a reminder that there are some sources which you may be overlooking.  

Deed records are an excellent timetable for when your ancestor resided in certain counties and states.  Start with the index and copy every deed record which has your ancestor's surname.  Members of the same family frequently settled in the same neighborhood, so you need to know who they were and where they came from.  Every deed language begins "(name).......... of the county of .........and state of .......    Such an assembly of deeds provides unexpected or unknown information.  Next, read the description of the land and compare to all of those deeds which you just collected.  You are going to get a good idea of the names of neighbors, names of creeks and rivers, of roads, land districts, and so on.  Now take out a map of that county and see if you can locate some of these destinations, including family cemeteries and churchyards found under the map's legend.  Once you have zeroed in upon the general location, a visit is indicated.  Look for old churches no longer in business. Visit neighbors and ask about church registers and where people are buried.  This works! People who have been in an area for awhile tend to notice the names on old graves and other details.

Nowadays genealogists also spend a great deal of time on the computer searching for information.  When searching in Georgia, why not use the largest website for Georgia ancestors, Georgia Pioneers  ?

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  7. (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
  8. (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)

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