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Saturday, December 7, 2013


Picking through the Clutter
It seems that just about everyone has some ancestors they cannot find. Where were they for specific years?  We rummage through the ordinary channels...census records, graveyards, and county records and still come up short.  There are certainly roadblocks such as burned court houses and destroyed records.  When General Sherman came through Atlanta, he burned everything he could.  There was so much fighting North of Atlanta that it is surprising any records are left at all.  The first record book in Cobb County (Marietta) begins after the war.  However, I am a digger so I attended the court house many times to do a thorough search of the record room.  They have a folder collection of some original items of estates.  However, during all of these visits I noticed that materials were disappearing from the folders!  That resulted in certain items being safeguarded in a separate room. Also, now, everything is alphabetized on a computer and you have to order a specific record.  No longer can the public go to the record room.  However, in one of my diggins there, I picked through an old Minute Book which "mentioned" the recording of the estate of one of my ancestors. That gave me the date of death (within 3 days or so)!  Another potential source of finding old records is antique shops.  The ones which have clutter.

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