Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Finding the Back Woods #georgiapioneerscom #gaancestors

Finding the Back Woods

As many of the old planting fields, battle grounds and old farms are grown over in weeds and brush, remnants of the past lay in wooded regions of the country.  Sure, there are monuments placed by the DAR over certain old graves, and historical markers of old mansions placed by historical organizations, but the proof of the past for everyone is hidden in the records. And we can use deed records and county maps to locate the old home place.  A visit to the back woods is truly an adventure into the past lives of our ancestors!  Do we imagine warming ourselves in front of a fireplace?  Or, sleeping in a cold house under quilts and blankets? What about hitching up the plow to the old mare?  If we search carefully, there are indentations in the soil and evidence of former activity.  Old graves may lie in the thick of the woods and  perhaps a slate tombstone is buried just below the surface of the soil.  It is time for the  autumn leaves to spark the landscape with grand colors and drop yet another layer of leaves into the soil.  Why not give it a search?

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