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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Old Things

Have you ever noticed how quickly old homes and landscapes disappear? You have a home and move away.  When you finally get around to returning, the area has a different look and flavor.  If this was a farm, old barns and houses are either in a state of decay, or gone.  40 or 50 years does not seem like much time, but it represents another generation of people, living, earning and dying.  Our children will never see our past the way we did. Because this is where we experienced our childhood and established values.  So many things about our past are special.  So, when we find an old family home which still stands or know the locale, perhaps this is the time to visit it with the children and grandchildren.  Our memories can sort of become theirs, as we express our own personal adventures in those "times".  This is how the meaning of the "good ole days" can become something more expressive and meaningful than just "back in the day". County maps (and legends) are really helpful in locating old home sites and cemeteries.  And do not forget to search the deed records which supply more detailed descriptions , or at least the name of a nearby creek river, name of a road, etc.  Another place to learn more detail are old wills and inventories.  The cost of the funeral, who the executor was, who gave receipts for purchasing items of the estate, and lots of tidbits which help to assemble the puzzle. Another reason that it is so important to search the probate office at the local court house, or, find the records online at Georgia Pioneers

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