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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Names of Kentucky Ancestors --- > Jefferson County #kentuckypioneerscom #kywills #kyestates


Jefferson County Wills, Estates

George Rodgers Bridge in LouisvilleJefferson County was organized in 1780 and one of the first three counties to be formed out Virginia at the time (the other two being Fayette and Lincoln). The county is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was governor of Virginia at the time. The county seat is Louisville, Kentucky.

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Digital Images of Jefferson County Wills (1783 to 1813)

Testators: Askew, James; Askew, James (2) ; Bacon, Nathaniel, Captain ; Bates, Susan ; Bates, Susanna ; Beard, Charles ; Beard, Sarah ; Blankenbecker, Jacob; Bostwick, Trueman ; Brashear, William Sr. ; Breckinridge, Alexander ; Brendlinger, Conrad ; Brenham, Daniel ; Brinley, Jacob ; Bryan, Joseph; Cecil, Thomas ; Christian, John ; Churchill, Jamesstead ; Clark, Andrew ; Cornelius, William ; Coverton, Priscilla ; Cowen, John ; Crawford, David ; Cummins, William ; Danley, William ; Dickenson, Richard ; Endres, Valentine ; Fleming, Margaret ; Galloway, George ; Gatewood, John ; Geiger, George ; Gobin, Joseph ; Grigg, John ; Haneyman, Charles ; Harding, Henry ; Hawkins, David ; Hite, Abraham ; Hite, Rebecca ; Hodge, William; Hollis, William ; Holt, John ; Hume, John ; Humphries, Joshua ; Hunter, Joseph; Johnston, Dorothy ; Joyes, Patrick ; Kennison, Stephen W. ; Kirby, Samuel ; Leatherman, Frederick ; Lernes, Simeon ; Linn, Ashahel ; Lock, Catherine ; Martin, Rowley ; Mason, Thomas ; McMichael, James ; Meriwether, David Wood ; Meriwether, Patrick ; Meriwether, William Sr. ; Moore, James Francis ; Morgan, David ; Morgan, Elizabeth ; Mundle, John ; Nicholas, John ; Oglesby, Richard ; Oldham, William ; Osborn, William ; Parish, John ; Paul, Peter ;Penn, Chloe ; Peter, Hans ; Plummer, Jeremiah ; Quarterman, James ; Reed, Henry; Rhodes, William ; Seaten, K. B. ; Shake, Christopher; Stewart, James; Stewart, John ; Stewart, Stephen; Stroud, ; Taylor, James ; Thompson, Benajah; Todd, Samuel ; Vaughan, Andrew ; Vaughan, John ; Watson, William ; Watts, James ; Wells, William ; Wright, Samuel; Yenowine, Leonard

Digital Images of Jefferson County Wills (1813 to 1833)

Testators: Abernathy, John; Adams, Isabella; Applegate, Joseph; Arnold, Adam; Arteburn, William; Atcheson, Branham; Augustus, Springer; Austin, Mary ;Ballard, Levin ;Banks, John; Barbour, Thomas ;Beckwith, Upton; Bell, Joseph; Berthoud, James; Blake, James; Blankenbaker, Samuel ; Blankenbaker, Samuel (2) ; Bohannon, Richard ; Bradshaw, John ; Breckinridge, Robert ; Brentlinger, Susanna ; Briscoe, Robert ; Brookhart, Catharine; Brooks, Squire ;Brown, Everington ;Brown, Preston; Brown, Thomas ;Buckner, Ambrose ;Buckner, Haley ;Bucksby, Jacob; Bullitt, Alexander Scott ; Bullitt, Cuthbert ;Bullitt, Mary ;Burks, John ;Burton, Jeremiah; Byers, Nathan ;Calloway, Charles; Cannon, Anna, inventory ;Cavitt, Andrew ;Cawley, James M. ;Cawley, Joshua ;Coleman, Betty ;Coleman, Robert ;Collins, John ;Cox, John ;Crawford, Martha; Croghan, Nicholas ;Croghan, William ;Dawson, James; Delany, Michael ;Denwood, Mary ;Dorsey, Jerusha; Dorsey, Kezin ;Dougherty, William; Duffay, Michael; Dumarsellay, Andrew; Dye, Stephen ;Eastin, Ann ;Edwards, Frederick ;Ellingworth, Thomas ;Elston, Jonathan ;Erickson, James; Farnsby, David ;Farnsby, James; Fenley, Richard; Ferguson, Samuel ;Field, 
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Aquia Church of Stafford County Virginia #virginiapioneersnet


Aquia Church, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County

Aquia ChurchThere were incentives for land settlement in the Virginia colonies, especially if a gentleman brought over servants. Captain John Withers from Lancaster, England was granted 1,000 acres of land in Westmoreland County in 1654 and 320 acres in 1658; nominated as a vestryman and church warden of the Potomac Parish in 1666. He served as a member of the Houses of Burgesses of Stafford County in 1692, several years before his death.  Names of Stafford County Virginia Ancestors

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Results of Free Research to Members --- George Washington Smith of Georgia

Task: Search for parents of George Washington Smith of Screven, Georgia. Also, his burial site.

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General George Washington Smith was a son of Archibald Smith of Hancock County, Georgia 
LWT of Archibald Smith 1799

As you can observe, young George W. Smith was bequeathed his plantation which was South of the Oconee River. This would be south of Sparta. The town of Sparta has its own cemetery.

General GW Smith was was probably a Naval Officer during the War of 1812. I am basing this upon the fact that
  1. He was married in Liberty County.
  2. The Port of Sunbury was manned (Liberty County).
  3. No listing on 1820 Census, however, he must have been on duty at Sunbury.
  4. Listed on 1830 Census - Ware County (Okefenokee Swamp). There was a fort North of the Okefenokee Swamp.
  5. Listed on 1840 Census - Camden County, St. Mary's, a manned port during War of 1812
  6. Listed on -1850 Wayne, Screven, Georgia.
Records for War of 1812 The land war in Georgia was fought mostly between Indian tribes who sided with Great Britain and troops from the local militias, which also finished it up in Alabama. According to the National Archives, "The names of naval officers are printed in a useful work by R. W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the U.S. and the Marine Corps From 1775 to 1900 (1901). The basic National Archives record showing naval and Marine Corps officer service in the War of 1812 can be found in Abstracts Of Service Records of Naval Officers (Records of Officers), 1798 - 1893 (M330, 19 rolls, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Record Group 24). Of the fifteen volumes filmed in this series, volumes D and E show officers records of service for the War of 1812. The entries are arranged chronologically. " 

Concerning where buried Did he ever return to the land which his father left him in Hancock County? The deed records in Hancock and Wayne Counties might answer this questions. 


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Archaeology is a Relative of Genealogy - Ellis Island

Archaeology is a Relative of Genealogy

It seems amazing when lost civilizations and graveyards are discovered.  Mysteries solved.   Truths revealed.  When I was growing up, the dialog concerning human history went something like this - cavemen, nomads, and generally ignorant civilizations.  Everyone started out as a one-cell animal in the sea and evolved into an ape, later learning about fire, etc.  I wonder if those historians of yesteryear are amazed at the discoveries of written records of great civilizations and their inventions dating back to 5000 B. C.   The speculation of how the pyramids were built is being disproven.  Seems like those guys had gears and wenches!  The public displays from the Tutankhamun tomb revealed a perfect set of gears, just like the ones used today! There were always efforts to preserve  written documents, such as dead sea scrolls and copper plate, and the Rosetta Stone.  Also, the Michelangelo public displays revealed designs (in his own handwriting) of his inventions. A goodly number of these designs survived, but think of what was lost!  Man has always been moving forward.  Until recently, we had no idea of the existence of so many Irish burials of the Irish immigrants to Ellis Island found in New York.  History is still being written.

Where to search for Immigrants to Ellis Island

Genealogy is closely related so far as digging for answers is concerned.  We are rather ignorant of the accomplishments of our ancestors until we dig for it.  That is why the search is so intriguing. 

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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Fun of Panning for Gold! #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

Dahlonega, Georgia
Visiting Dahlonega, Georgia is fun because one comes face-to-face with panning for gold. From the very beginning of the 1832 Gold Land Lottery, the area has attracted prospectors.  The hills which once occupied the area, however, were ultimately lowered by modern machinery which virtually depleted the vicinity of its valuable ores.  There are mines currently in operation today.  Visitors are welcome to try their hand at panning for gold.  Union County GA Ancestors --- > See Names

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The Beginning of a Better Day #georgiapioneerscom #genealogy

The Beginning of a Better Day


A grave found!
Discovering unknown facts about our ancestors can be exciting, especially after spending years searching for answers.  A puzzle solved, a deed done.  The positive feelings of accomplishments in the field of genealogical research is so rewarding and pleasing to the spirit it is no wonder that we keep on and on.  I once had a friend who spent years searching graveyards with his wife to find a particular relative (on her side of the family).  The search had been long and tedious.  Yet after her death, he continued to search.  It was just a puzzle which he needed to solve!

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Names of Georgia Ancestors --- > Chattahoochee County #genealogy #gawills #gaestates #gamarriages

Chattahoochee County Georgia Ancestor Databases: Wills, Estates, Annual Returns, Appraiements, Inventories, Homesteads



Cohutta, GeorgiaChattahoochee County was created in 1854 from Marion and Muscogee Counties. It was named for the Chattahoochee River.

Online Chattahoochee County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers


Chattahoochee County GA Ancestry

Marriages

  • (Index) 1854 to 1907
  • (Index) 1866 to 1876
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886

Index to Probate Records

  • Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, Homesteads, Book A (1863 to 1883)
  • Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, Homesteads, Book B (1882 to 1940)
  • Annual Returns, Book A (1854 to 1858)
  • Annual Returns, Book B (1858 to 1860)
  • Annual Returns, Book C (1860 to 1865)

Wills and Estates


  • Wills (abstracts) 1853-1885

    Traced Genealogies for Chattooga County Families

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    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Genealogy is not Fake News #kentuckypioneerscom #kygenealogy

    Genealogy is not Fake News

    Oakland CemeteryThe only news out there which is not fake is genealogy. I am not speaking of errors. There are plenty of errors in individual research. I refer specificially to the fact that actual documents are used as resources. For some 411 years, public records have been retained in counties, states and municipalities. Although some records burned or were lost along the way, the surviving , unaltered documents have been microfilmed and preserved. The Journal of Christopher Columbus (written in Spanish) did not get translated until recent years. Yet, this adventurer has been slandered in a number of ways during modern times, even accused of raping natives. Ironically, after reading it, one can only draw the conclusion of how truly religious this man was. He believed that God sent him on a mission! School history books and documents written after someone is dead is an opinion or supposition of "what was" during an era which the author was not alive. Thus, a story given years after the life of someone does not make it so. Suffice it to say that the genealogist takes more care in writing and publishing their family histories. Even so, it is always good detective work to recheck the author/s resources. This is because the researcher knows to go to actual documents for more accurate information. If he does not have a document posting the exact date of birth or death (for example), he employs the phrase "ca" (meaning "about"). Truth is so important here that if the data is not properly proven with each generation the genealogist finds himself on a confusing and impossible trail.  Kentucky Ancestors

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    Genealogy Errors that Blow our Mind #northcarolinapioneerscom #ncgenealogy

    Genealogy Errors that Blow our Mind

    Wild Cart McKinnyWhile examining the resources from individual entries on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org, one must realize that estimated birth and death dates are not necessarily accurate. You may see several entries of he same person with a variety of birth years. It is amazing how these things get accepted and passed on as fact. And the birth year is not the only error being rendered; the places of births and deaths are often contradictory. That makes our job more difficult. The best thing to do is start fresh, from our own last ancestor, and search all the records where he resided. Then trace forward using actual records as proofs, generation-by-generation.

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    The Lure of Gold Mines #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

    Camp Stables, Gainesville, Georgia, 1889
    The Lure of Gold Mines

    Hall County and other North Georgia Counties were homes of emigrants who came from Abbeville, South Carolina.  The northern counties were an attraction because of convenience, as well as panning for gold.  The 1832 Gold Land Lottery attracted a vast variety of ambitious individuals.  The reason this land was so desirable as that the Cherokees had gold and silver mines scattered about.  When they were driven out of Georgia, they closed off and hid the mines.  Regardless, ore was plentiful. Some struck it rich, while others panned in the streams. There are stories about the region of how hidden pots of silver ore was discovered by new settlers.  Hall County Ancestors. See Names ---- >


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