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The Western and Atlantic Railroad

Western and Atlantic Railroad After the depression of 1837, railroads began to be built in Georgia. The Western and Atlantic Railroad played a major role in transporting troops and supplies during the War Between the States. Also, during the Battle of Atlanta, it was used to refuge people to Big Shanty, now Kennesaw.

Map of Bartow County

Traced Genealogies:
Bartow County Families

Alred Bivins Ryals

How Tracing Ancestors is Good for the Brain

brainDo crossword puzzles, they say, for memory enhancement. But do we want to do a better job of helping memory last so that we can speak easily with friends and relatives. All because we recall dates and places? Memory enhancement works for the genealogist 24/7 because, there is a wake-up call (even in the middle of the night) which asks: "There was Thomas Franklin in 1850? He was not on the census....where can I find him? Then, having the puzzle, the brain goes to work digging deep into its mystical storage to find an answer, or another place to search. The brain stores visual and vocal information inside the complex network of the mind. The process may be too complicated to understand, but the information is there. Somewhere in that vast store house is a word of truth from Aunt Mary. It may be just one tiny pronouncement, but you can piece the scenario together from those fleeting words. "Your uncle Harry left home when he was 18 years of age and went to Alabama." "When was that, aunt Mary?""I think 1814." Ok. You have the approximate year of uncle Harry's birth, and the fact that his travels would have been through Indian territory. He may have gotten a passport from the governor or fought in the Indian Wars of 1812 to 1816. These thoughts will led to answers and places to search. The real key of unlocking memories is to trace family histories and to write down names and places. Then go about the search through specific records. The experience will enliven and stimulate conversation amongst friends and relatives. And, they will also get an accurate and fulfilling dose of history!

Georgia Countryside

Bartow County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Homesteads

Bartow County Bartow County was formed in 1832 from the original Cherokee County. It was first called Cass County. The county seat is Cartersville.

Genealogy Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • Index to 1869 to 1876
  • Index to 1874 to 1882
Digital Images of Bartow County Wills 1836-1856

Testators: Adair, Samuel;Alexander, Thomas;Bailey, Joshua;Baker, Charles;Bowman, Vincent;Brogden, Wiley;Carpenter, Thomas;Chandler, Abraham;Durham, William;Ellis, Standford;Furr, James;Gordon, William;Gray, William;Guyton, John;Harber, John;Hardin, John;Hardin, John, Sr.; Hargrove, Zachariah;Harris, Thomas;Harrison, Benoni;Hawks, Chester;Hipps, Joseph;Hood, Caleb;Jackson, James;Jackson, Mark;Johnson, Mark;Kerr, Lucy;Lackey, Robert;Lewis, John; Lyon, Nathaniel;McAdams, Thomas;McBrayer, Martin;McReynolds, Ferdinand;Millican, John; Moore, Gabriel;Murphey, Roger;Oglesby, Lindsay;Pinson, Charles;Reynolds, Benjamin;Robinson, Mary (deed);Russell, George;Smith, John;Smith, Nancy;Smith, Thomas Spencer, Levi;Spriggs, Gilead;Stallings, James;Steelman, William;Stevens, Thomas;Stidham, Martin;Stovall, James;Stovall, William;Talbert, James;Underwood, George;Upshaw, James;Upshaw, John;Wallraven, John;Williams, Margaret

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Book A (1836-1885)
  • Will Book B (1885-1922)
  • Inventories, Appraisements, Distributions, Sale Bills, Vol. A (1853-1866)
  • Inventories, Appraisements, Distributions, Sale Bills, Vol. B (1866-1895)
  • Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators, Book H (1853-1856
  • Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators, Book I (1856-1862(
  • Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators, Book K (1860-1863)
    Index to Bartow County Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators, Book M (1867-1870)
  • Inventories, Appraisements, Distributions,Sale Bills, Vol. A (1853-1866)
  • Homesteads (1874-1885)
Miscellaneous Records
    Grisham, Joseph (LWT)

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