Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tracing through Deed Records #georgiapioneerscom #gaancestors

Tracing through Deed Records

It is not enough to follow an ancestor through census records.  We must also track his journeys in deed and tax records at the local court houses in the counties wherein he resided. This effort is the very substance of our research because it helps us to understand that we have the correct "John Smith", so to speak.  And, that we are working within the framework of the correct generation.  Many things can be discovered, such as the name of the wife and certain children, the location of the old home place, who inherited it, and so on. Also, you get the names of neighbors and relatives as witnesses, which also confirms their presence at certain times and places. It all pulls together eventually.

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