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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Story of your Ancestors

Antrim. Many Georgians have Irish Roots
When I read an old last will and testament (particularly those written in the 17th and 18th centuries), I realize that to fully understand what was happening is going to take some time as well as consideration.  So, I sit down and make myself comfortable.  Discovering the stories which our ancestors left us in those old documents requires some study of the history of that era, the battles, wars, economy, even European situations.  We find that people were on the move. This is because they were searching for fertile lands.  The soil got repleted of its nutrients and fields had to be set aside.  In Virginia, for example, they were raising a crop which was exchanged like money and easily exported, but it readily depleted the soil. Tobacco.  Although families built a seated plantation which fed the family and community for many years, eventually the children and grandchildren had to move on.  The movement of people is easy to discover in the Georgia records, because all that we need do is search for names in the land grants and lotteries.  Census information is not enough. The story is told in old deeds, estates, wills and other court house records.  Georgia Pioneers has collected 1.5 tetrabytes of information from the records and posted it online. We are not finished!  More genealogical data is added daily.    
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  7. (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
  8. (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
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