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The Etowah Discoveries

Etowah Figures The archaeological site of the Etowah Mounds is one of the largest of its kind discovered in North America thus far. I say "thus far" because of the western discoveries in Illinois near Mississippi River which has revealed extensive mounds. Indian mounds have been regarded as "burial sites", however, excavations into the mounds reveal tall buildings and temples. It appears that the main town fortress was elevated, looking down upon the village. The Etowah Mounds are measured bo be more than 300 square feet at the base and rises to a height of slightly more than 60 feet. The site includes 54 acres on the Etowah River and is located about three miles south of Cartersville. The most noticeble aspects of it are three largely visible earthen mounds, although there are more. The temple mound, is more than 300 square feet at the base and rises to a height of slightly more than 60 feet. The Etowah mounds are situated along the sides of two rectangular plazas. The mounds are shaped in the form of four-sided, flat-topped pyramids and appears to have originally served as platforms. The platform is common to other sites, also, suggesting an area of public affairs. The public buildings have rotted away, year for more than 100 years, artifacts were unearthed here. A number of archaeologists date this settlement back 300 years. The question arises, when the various Indian tribes were driven west, were the Americans aware of such expansive villages? Genealogists and historians have a number of maps which locate Indian villages, but do we realize how much culture was lost? For researchers, there is a need to discover old writings and records of the past, and how do we but what many relics are yet to be found?

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.

Genealogy History

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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!

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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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