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Fort Gilmer

Fort Gilmer Fort Gilmer was built in 1838 as a garrison to enforce the removal from this region of the last Cherokee Indians under terms of the Treaty of New Echota in 1835. This is where the Indians were dispatched and guarded until they were removed to the West. It served as the temporary headquarters of General Winfield Scott, under whose command the removal occurred.


Map of Ware County, Georgia



Traced Genealogies:
Ware County Families

Boyles Lee


The Key to Finding your Ancestors in the Collections of Today

key Things have certainly changed since the days of searching through dusty libraries and reading unindexed books and microfilm! But with the launching of the internet and establishing genealogical records thereon, the task has just begun! What with burned county records all over America and immigration records yet to be translated and published, there is so much more to be discovered. While searching my ancestors in the field, I discovered that county clerks frequently took those big ledger books home with them to work on. Sometimes, a person produced a ledger to the court house found stored in the attic. (I request the Mormon church to visit the person and microfilm it). This explains how ledger books find their way to antique s. There are shops. There are other avenues of discovery, viz: church records. One has to visit the neighborhood where families resided, old churches and graveyards to ascertain what survived and who has possession of the old baptisms, marriages and mortuary records. State Archives also receive church records from donors and place them on microfilm.? But you have to search for it in the floor catalog. During the 1930s the DAR collected old bible records and donated their books to the Archives. Regional libraries contain their own special collections. Meanwhile, internet collections also vary. Essentially, Ancestry has digitized those records available at the National Archives; which includes census, revolutionary war and immigration records. You can also visit the National Archives online and have access to their digitized records available to the public. No matter whose collection one researches, there remains more information to be discovered. It behooves one to join more than one genealogy website. Especially if those websites continue to add more information. After all, there remains a great deal to be added to the internet collections. The records of Pioneer Families contains mostly images of old wills, estates, marriages, some 10,000 traced families, cemeteries, and my own vast collection of obituaries, notes and books in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia, all growing collections.
Pioneer Families Websites

Find the Old Family Homeplace





Ware County Wills, Estates, Annual Returns, Inventories


Waycross Baptist Church

The first pastor was W. E. Perryclear. The lot for the church was donated in 1883 by Captain James Know. Source: The Atlanta Journal September 16, 1893. Ware County was formed in 1825 from Appling County and named after U. S. Senator, Nicholas Ware from Augusta. County Seat: Waycross, Georgia. The first will and estate books did not survive. Some early settlers were: W. W. Ansley, Mary Blackshear, P. W. Butler and Obadiah Barber.

Ware County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Ware County Wills, Volume A, 1879-1915.
  • Index to Ware County Inventories and Appraisements, Book B, 1896-1946
Digital Images of Ware County Wills (1866-1897)

Testators: Sarah Baker, Mary Blackshear, Manervia Everitt, Thomas Fletcher, Abraham Hargroves, Caroline Hewitt, Rosalie Hohenstein, Sarah Lanier, Lavenia Lee, Daniel Lott, William McDonald, A. P. Minshew, John Murry, William Phillips, Mary Shine, T. T. Thigpen and Thomas Wilson.

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