Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
Everyone Benefits as Genealogy Grows on the Internet
As the internet was first developing in the 1990s, people added their genealogies While many were in the format of commonly used programs which launched pedigree charts, others wrote their own pages filled with data. The USGenWeb came into being with the idea of sponsorship of specific counties (in all States). It was a wonderful idea, adding records gathered by volunteers. However, as time passed, it was obvious that there were not enough participants and very little information was added once the initial page went up. Then there was Rootsweb which contained valuable information collected and submitted by individuals. Rootsweb grew into a huge sharing of records across thousands of surname lists. As time went by these pages were absorbed by Ancestry and the discovery of one or more of such pages sends you to Ancestry. The pedigree-chart pages have all but disappeared, as the programs went defunct or they were removed. What I am proposing is that as genealogy on the internet improves, we also lose much as people take down more websites. Still, such places as the Library of Congress, the National Archives and regional libraries are digitizing and posting more data online. For instance, the pension records of Revolutionary War Soldiers and musters of the War of 1812 are available for searching at the National Archives. The digitizing of materials for libraries depends upon the funds allocated and the process is expensive. This is the primary reason that genealogy websites charge to join. Georgia Pioneers has grown from one genealogy website to 8. The upgrade enables users to subscribe for a single rate and access the States of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia as well as its genealogy book collection. There is no divisions or levels of membership. One gets access to everything. This is helpful, because ancestors moved about so much. Subscribe here
Unable to Find your Ancestors? Peruse the Tax Digests
They could hide from the census taker, fail to record deeds and marriages, die intestate (without a will), and so on, but they could not hide from the local tax commissioner! It was required for everyone over the age of 21 years to declare their ownership of property. The tax records should be thoroughly examined and followed through each year that the ancestor resided in the county, even unto the section (usually at the end) which listed those who failed to file because this is a clue of some type. Either the person was deceased, or moved away. As one examines the digest from one year to the next, there are usually some changes in circumstances, especially as land is sold or acquired. In Georgia, land lottery grants consisted of 202-1/2 acres. This information provides clues as to when and where they acquired it. Bounty lands from the Revolutionary War consisted of 284-1/2 acres and the War of 1812, 487 acres. Also, land was frequently passed down to the children before death. An example would be that John Smith listed 202-1/2 acres of land in 1850, and in 1851 this land was not listed. One should finger down to other persons of the Smith name to see where it went. This is why the year-to-year examination is so important.
How Good is your Memory?
Or better still, how good is the memory of the family member which you are interviewing? I can remember the funeral of John K. Kennedy around Thanksgiving, but what year was it? Did Aunt Mary die the same year, or what events do we use as the possible recall of family births, deaths, etc.? Sometimes a certain memory gets passed down through the generations. It could be the 1700s (not 1900s) that Aunt Mary married Abel Conner. This is why court house records are so important, because they document dates and events. Census records have a parallel memory, except it all comes from a census taker who wrote down what he was told, frequently spelling it to his own liking. Applications for pensions of various wars also have parallel memories, in that the applications themselves are based upon individual memories. Although a more accurate source, the information on tombstones comes from family memories during unpleasant circumstances. Yet, birth and death certificates are much more reliable, if the ancestor died during the era when such filings were recorded by law. Many unrecorded marriages occurred, simply because the minister was not required to file the license with the court house. Do you see how this goes?
Pulaski County Wills, Estates, Inventories
Pulaski County was created 13 December 1808 from Laurens County. It was named for Polish Count Casimir Pulaski who died in Savannah of wounds suffered in the Revolutionary War. The Ocmulgee River runs through Pulaski County, and this area was the capital of the Creek Indian Confederacy. The county seat is Hawkinsville.
Pulaski County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Pulaski County Wills
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Book A, 1810-1816 (abstracts)
- Will Book B, 1816-1854 (abstracts)
- Will Book C, 1855-1906.
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, 1816-1841
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, 1841-1851
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, 1851-1854
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