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Friday, March 7, 2014

Genealogy Tactics which Work

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The revolutionary war pensions are a great source of genealogical information.  In reading the actual pensions or the abstracts, it is a good idea to familiar yourself with each person who applied (same surname).  Say, your ancestors were from North Carolina, but moved into South Carolina. It is an eye-opener to discover relationships of brothers, uncles or fathers who fought under the same officers, then moved into separate areas after the war. The details provided on the application help you to put it all together.  The knowledge that a particular family is somehow related to yours is intriguing.  It now behooves the genealogist to trace those suspect families to a conclusion, either integrating or discarding. The tactic here is to know the families with your surname and eliminate some.  Pensions sometimes name the same relatives, except to one soldier of the same surname he was a cousin, whereas to others, a marriage is the connector.  Families moved together.  After the war, they chased the land grants into other states. Oftentimes, after the new family seat was established, other members of the family followed.  There were umpteen people who were born in Virginia, but were in Abbeville, South Carolina at enlistment time.  Then, they ambled down into Georgia.  There are trends to discover within your family groups.  The largest Georgia genealogy website with the most information is Georgia Pioneers, with more growing sites such as Virginia PioneersSouth Carolina PioneersNorth Carolina PioneersKentucky Pioneers and Southeastern Genealogy

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