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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Job of the Genealogy Detective

Search the courthouse records
The bulk of answers about family members is at the local county court house where that person resided. The earliest record would be a deed where the homeplace was purchased, or the tax digest. Homestead records after 1866 in Georgia should be reviewed. Next, are the recorded marriages. There is the Poor House, Pensions paid to war veterans and widows. When a person dies, whether intestate (without a last will and testament) or having a will, those records are contained in the ordinary's office where there is tons of information, depending upon how long the estate remained unsettled.  It could go on for years in the Annual Returns.  An excellent online resource for reading old Wills is Georgia Pioneers

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