Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Missing Unformation about the Ancestors? How to Find Lost Genealogy Records #southcarolinapioneersnet #scancestors #scgenealogy

Missing Unformation about the Ancestors? How to Find Lost Genealogy Records

Granville Co. Court HouseThe county clerks kept records of every transaction in the county and did it by copying documents into ledgers. What you see is the handwriting of the Clerk. Sometimes names were omitted; and more often, names misspelled. One must take this into consideration while searching for the ancestors. Yet county records are immently essential to finding the ancestors, or learning more about them. In this modern age, one does not always find old records at the court house. That is because they have been moved to a storage location. I have found that the employees are not necessarily aware of the existance of old wills, estates, marriages and deeds, much less storage. Luckily, we have microfilmed records, more and more of which are going online. Did you notice that certain counties burned down and the records were lost? Unfortunately, this common experience affects all genealogists. However, I have discovered old court house ledgers in antique shops! How did they get there? Why, they were found in an attic somewhere. It was sometimes common practice for the clerk to take his ledgers home to finish his work. How will we ever get to see these ledgers? The answer now lies in the internet. This is the place where unexpected information is posted. Otherwise, while out on a field trip, it is a good idea to question neighbors and keep an eye out for a good find!
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