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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Glorious Past Revealed

Spanish Antiquity displayed in St. Augustine, FL
The splendid past has somehow become the present, with many of its glorious treasures displayed in special places, like historical societies, antique shops, attics, and other places.  Is it not marvelous how old furniture and special collections blend with today's furnishings?  While visiting St. Augustine, the resplendent Spanish furnishings of yesterday is displayed in its artfully designed armoirs, cajoneras and compotes. Anytime that we look at old furniture and art, we know that these things were in the homes of our ancestor.  However, because of its rarity and antiquity, the beauty of yesterday becomes more valuable today.  How do we prove that our ancestors owned these things?  Why, a search through the appraisements and inventories of estates is the answer.  It is one thing to research the facts (births, deaths, burials, etc.) but yet another to see the past. If you think of past populations as barbaric or ignorant, consider the homes and economies which they built as well as the great literature and works written in ink with quill pens.  Also, read diaries to learn of their education and travels. In observing old examinations and report cards, an astute observer would very well conclude that the primitive farm schools of yesterday were superior to this generation.  Yet, the genealogist knows these things simply from an examination of old records. The first Georgians were closely aligned to the affairs of Spanish Florida and its waring Indians (called Spanish Indians) for fear of being conquered.  Since the early 16th century, conquistadors had built its stronghold at a strategic location along the Mantanzas River and was a threat to the citizens of the new colony. This tiny village enjoyed a progressive economy which not only included the military, but a colony of French Huguenots,  dutch, and those trading from Barbadoes. Whether a historian or genealogist, an examination into the lives of the first colonists to Georgia may be unfolded by reading the old wills and estates in Savannah (Chatham County) available on Georgia Pioneers

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