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Errors: Junk Genealogy is Confusing Researchers

scales Where there is fake news, there also exists junk genealogy. It is not intentional, it is simply that undocumented genealogies or facts go awry, especially without proving facts. That is why, when we are passed information, it behooves us to go behind the work and establish the facts for ourselves. This is done by researching county records where people resided. The county records should match favorably the census, bibles, cemeteries, obituaries, etc. In days past, it was quiet confusing when one joined a society and makes certain statements based upon family knowledge, and the applicant was accepted into the society based upon this information. Genealogy is full of mistakes. If you join a site which allows the uploading of a family tree, resist this urge. The reason is that other people will latch onto your charts and add their ancestors. I have had some real issues with this, as the program automatically linked my ancestors to an impossible lineage. The only thing which represents true genealogy is that which we establish through facts and the our own work. No one wants to untangle the work of another genealogist. That is not to say that the researcher should not consider someone else's work and use it as a guideline.

Anthony Bonnell
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Anthony Bonnell was born in 1741 and died in Screven County. He served as an Ensign in the 4th Regiment in 1774, promoted to Second Lieutenant of the First Company in 1778 during the Revolutionary War for which he received a land grant in Burke (now Screven) County. The Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger: "Died at his plantation in Screven Co. last Tues., Anthony Bonnell, in his 68th year." 4/27/1809.

Since the records of Burke County did not survive, it behooves the genealogist to research Screven County as some of the original land grants later fell into Screven.

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Screven County Genealogy, Marriages, Wills, Estates


Screven County Court HouseScreven County Court House. Screven County was formed in 1793 from Burke and Effingham Counties. The county seat is Sylvania. Early settlers: Anthony Bonnell, Eli Archy, John Beard, William Beasley, James Beavill, Henry Best, Tarleton Best, George Cooper, David Daughtry, Benjamin Ferrell, Jacob Freeman, Richard Herrington, William Hilton, John Hogg, James Humphreys, Robert Kittles, Reuben Lee, Andrew Mack, John Mitchener, Silas Morton, George Newton, Stephen Pearce, Peter Reddick, Gilshot Thomas, William Sheppard, Thomas G. Walker, Reuben Wilkinson.

Screven County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages
  • Marriages 1815-1850.
  • Index to Screven County Marriages.
Images of Will Book 2A, 1802 to 1877
Testators: Anderson, Hezekiah ;Archy, Eli A. ;Bazemore, Benjamin ;Beard, John ;Beasley, William ;Beavill, James ;Belcher, Sarah ;Best, Dorcas ;Best, Henry C. ;Best, Tarleton ;Blackburn, Rachel ;Bolton, James (dim) ;Bonnell, Anthony ;Bonnell, John ;Boykin, John ;Boykin, John S. ;Brannon, Hope ;Bryan, John ;Brannon, Hope ;Bryan, Martin ;Burke, David ;Burke, David ;Burns, John (dim) ;Clements, Jennett ;Conner, James ;Conner, Lewis ;Conyers, James ;Conyers, John ;Cooper, George ;Cooper, William ;Cooper, Wilson ;Coughron, Joseph ;Daughtry, David ;Dunnington, William ;Ferrell, Benjamin ;Frawley, Jeremiah (dim) ;Freeman, Jacob ;Freeman, John ;Freeman, Noah ;Green, Delilah ;Grimes, Elizabeth ;Hale, Mary ;Herrington, Richard ;Herrington, Richard ;Hilton, William ;Hines, Martha ;Hogg, John ;Howard, Hezekiah (dim) ;Howell, David (dim) ;Humphreys, James ;Humphries, James ;Kemp, Alexander ;Kittles, Peter ;Kittles, Robert C. ;Lanier, Lewis ;Lee, David ;Lee, Joshua (faded) ;Lee, Reuben ;Lipsey, Levicy ;Long, Zacheus ;Lovett, John F. ;Lundy, Frances ;Mack, Andrew ;Maner, George H. (dim) ;Marlow, Stephen ;McBride, James ;Megee, Henry ;Mills, Anthony ;Mitchener, John ;Morton, Silas ;Murray, Mary Ann (dim) ;Murray, William ;Newton, George ;Newton, Moses ;Nicholson, John ;Oliver, John ;Pearce, Joshua (dim) ;Pearce, Stephen ;Phillips, Lucy ;Phillips, Richard ;Poythress, Cleton ;Reddick, Peter ;Rieves, John S. ;Rieves, Richard ;Robbins, Arthur (dim) ;Roberts, Roland (dim) ;Rushing, Eli (dim) ;Sasser, Thomas ;Saxon, B. H. ;Scarbrough, Hardy ;Scruggs, John ;Scruggs, Richard ;Sheppard, William ;Simmons, Samuel ;Stewart, Tabitha (dim) ;Stotesberry, George (dim) ;Thomas, Gilshot ;Walker, Thomas G. ;White, Christopher G. (dim) ;Wilkinson, Reuben ;Williams, Robert ;Williamson, Robert ;Williamson, Robert ;Williamson, Robert Mickleborough ;Williamson, Robert M. (dim)

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Screven County Will Bk 2B, 1810-1875.

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