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Friday, June 15, 2018

To Find Ancestors, Read the Old Wills and Estates

To Find Ancestors, Read the Old Wills and Estates

old Georgia WillThose records generated by one's own family are the most accurate. For example, bible records, death notices, tombstones, deeds, marriages, and old wills and estates. That is because the ancestor took an active part in his affairs. Census records are like second-cousins. A form is completed by a census taker who got the information from whomsoever was found at home that day. Sometimes the relationships are not clearly stated, and the names are carelessly written. Also, to trace further back in time, one must read the court house records. Such records are better resources than say, a printed genealogy dating in the 1920s or 1930s.

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