An Eye for Detail By Jeannette Holland Austin

There are clues in various records which help locate our lost relatives. One ancestor which I had researched for many years was discovered by reading Revolutionary War Pensions for that surname. It was Joseph Lane, resident of Missouri whose application stated that he had two sons who'd left home years ago, one who went west and the other to either Kentucky or Georgia. Although no given names were provided, my detailed notes provided two brothers in Georgia fitting that description. From there, I studied their estate records, viz, inventories, sales, annual returns and vouchers to see who was listed and where they resided. The names given in these types of records bear close relationships to the deceased. I found one lost ancestor by searching Jasper County annual returns (for everyone with that surname) and discovered that a trip to Nansemond County, Virginia was paid for. This linked "where" in Virginia the family came from. Other great digs are deed records where heirs sell their inheritance and name other heirs in the deed. Every single record of that surname must be researched for little clues.

Jeannette Holland Austin, Georgia Author of Genealogy Books

Georgia County Records (digital images) wills, estates, marriages

New Additions to Georgia Pioneers
Dade County Index to Wills & Estates 1884-1904; Index to Will Bk A 1903-1948; Index to Inventories, Appriasements, Sales 1853-1877 Decatur County Will abstracts 1828-1838; Index to Minutes Bks A & B (includes wills); index to Wills 1828-1913 Dooly County Wills 1849-1931 (abstracts); Index to Annual Returns, Vouchers, 1847-1859; Index to Wills, Bk A, 1847-1901 Dougherty County Index to Wills, Vol. 1, 1854-1925 Douglas County Wills 1870-1916 (images); Wills and Letters of Guardianship 1871-1885 (images); Index to Will Bk A, 1870-1932; Index to Annual Returns 1871-1897, Bk A Early County miscellaneous wills (images); Index to Will Bk B 1839-1895; Index to Will Bk 2, 1896-1941 Echols County Index to Wills 1875-1952 Effingham County Wills 1826-1856 (abstracts); Index to Wills, Vols. 3 and 4, 1829-1898; Index to Inventories and Appraisements, Vol. 3, 1827-1865 Elbert County Wills 1791-1826 (abstracts); Index to Misc. Wills, Inventories, etc. 1791-1806
Cherokee County Miscellaneous Wills & Estates (digital images) Estates and Wills Miscellaneous Wills & Estates (digital images)
New Additions to South Carolina Pioneers
Gedcom Files; you can view and/or download - Adair of Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia; Camp/Camps of America, begins 1559 in England (356,752 bytes); Evans of DeKalb County and Anderson County, South Carolina.


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