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Friday, February 21, 2014

Want some facts?

The genealogist is compared to the detective, hounding relatives for information, digging into old census records and court houses, searching for lost bibles and any fact which will validate the family lineage. Sure, there's lots of traced families on the internet, but have you noticed the conflicts and errors in the information? This is because of sources or lack of sources. Yet, we are a record-keeping society.  Consider old newspapers, State and National correspondence concerning treaties, wars and civil matters, baptismal records kept by little country churches, mortician accounts and cemetery records.  And then there are the wonderful applications of veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the War Between the States.  Most court houses keep a record of pensions paid to veterans. These are found in the record room along with the deeds and wills.  Sure, modern techniques have separated certain records and stored them off site, but they exist.  The original documents are also stored at the court house, filed away somewhere.  If the county is computerized, that data can be discovered by simply digging through the computer indexes.  The veterans (and widows of) pension records were recorded in over-sized books which are generally on a table, rather than shelved. The National Archives stores tons of data on immigration, ship lists, and items which appear to be irrelevant to the family research.  However, the true historian examines everything before determining whether or not it is of value.  Abstracts of genealogical records have their value, mostly to determine where the ancestor resided, however, once the quip has been located, the genealogist should examine the original recorded record and photocopy it for later reference. All such studies helps to construct the genealogy and provide a core base of reality.  Speaking of which, here is where to find digital images of old Wills for the State of Georgia

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