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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Militia Won the Backwoods #georgiapioneers #genealogy


The Militia Won the Backwoods during the Revolutionary War

woodsAfter the Revolutionary War, many soldiers received land grants in Georgia for service rendered. The struggles and hardships, Continental Army and Local Milities, drew farmers and planters alike off their land for the great cause of freedom. The days of the Indian instruction to add a fish to each hole in the field to nourish corn had long passed. Before the war even began, soils were depleted of vital nutriets and money crops like tobacco and cotton had to be rotated. That meant that land lay fallow for several years before replanting. Meanwhile, several generations of the same families were still occupying the old home place. It was time for the new generations to move on. And this is exactly what they did. In 1781, General George Washington, commanded a force of some 17,000 French and Continental troops, and marched on Yorktown where he commenced a siege against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Founder of Georgia, James Oglethorpe


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Discovering Lost Records #georgiapioneers #genealogy


Discovering Lost Records

discoveringThe county clerks kept records of every transaction in the county. That is why researching county records is so important 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 existence 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 for now is 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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Monday, February 19, 2018

Protected by the Militia #georgiapioneers #ancestors

Protected by the Militia

MilitiamenAs colonists moved across the American map, it was local Militia companies which saved the day. All homesteaders, aged 21 and above, were required to become part of a militia which protected the community from Indian attacks, and later, from the British (and their Indian warriors). A small fort was erected which consisted of a stockade fence, ramparts, and an armory. Everyone bore arms for the purpose of protecting the families against wild animals and Indian attacks. They hunted and fished to survive. During the early days of our country, the Militia was supported by local residents. Should you discover an ancestor did fight in a war, yet was called "captain" or "colonel", their participation in the Militia was the source of that rank. It is a good idea to research county militia records to learn more, usually kept at the State Archives.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Good Stories waiting to be Shared #georgiapioneers #genealogy


Good Stories waiting to be Shared

waitingSharing a good family story usually makes the children laugh. But they also crave to know more about the older generations, those who have already passed on. An old photograph of grandma and her life as a girl, tales of war battles fought by their kin, and how the first generation got to America, are examples of stories that can be shared. Everyone longs to know their own beginnings, who their people were and where they came from. The genealogist or family historian has the answers. Hopefully, the old stories will be repeated again and again inside the family hub

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Militia Won the Backwoods #georgiapioneers #ancestors


The Militia Won the Backwoods during the Revolutionary War

backwoodsAfter the Revolutionary War, many soldiers received land grants in Georgia for service rendered. The struggles and hardships, Continental Army and Local Milities, drew farmers and planters alike off their land for the great cause of freedom. The days of the Indian instruction to add a fish to each hole in the field to nourish corn had long passed. Before the war even began, soils were depleted of vital nutriets and money crops like tobacco and cotton had to be rotated. That meant that land lay fallow for several years before replanting. Meanwhile, several generations of the same families were still occupying the old home place. It was time for the new generations to move on. And this is exactly what they did. In 1781, General George Washington, commanded a force of some 17,000 French and Continental troops, and marched on Yorktown where he commenced a siege against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis. 

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