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Imagine the Hard Times while Researching Ancestors

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland Austin Have you ever imagined yourself as a Colonial citizen during the Revolutionary War? What if you were in occupied Savannah or Charleston? Food was rationed and the British Navy prevented you from transporting your crops to market. Merchant ships arrived with staples and supplies for the British Army. Your home was used to house British officers. They ate all of your farm animals and garden vegetables. You were observed by Loyalists who assisted the British. Your loved ones were out in the countryside fighting battles and skirmishes. They had joined for a three-month-stretch in order to return home and plant/harvest the crops. But the city was occupied and they could not return. So they signed up for another three-month term and were sent to fight other battles. This is the sort of activities which the genealogist should envision in order to track ancestors during one of the worst periods in history. A little imagination leads to the discovery of certain avenues of research, and records.

Way Down Upon the Suwanee River in Georgia

Suwanee River In South Georgia, the Suwanee river rises in the Okefenokee Swamp, emerging at Fargo, Georgia, then runs southwest into Florida, dropping in elevation through limestone layers resulting in a rare Florida whitewater rapid. It then turns west near White Springs, Florida, receiving the waters of the Alapaha and Withlacoochee rivers, which together drain much of south-central Georgia.

Map of Clinch County
Clinch County Court House
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Clues into Military Names and Ranks: The Clinch County Militia of 1861

Georgia Rifles 1861 Family Legends are interesting, but they rarely provide accurate information. I have a friend who insisted that he was related to "General Robert E. Lee." However, the proper genealogical research into census and county records revealed that to be impossible. However, he did have a Lee ancestor born in North Carolina in 1787 by the name of "Jeneral" Lee. Firt names such as "Majer" and "Jeneral" were commonly used to name children in some regions of the country. However, these names had nothing to do with rank. Yet, the title of "Colonel" was frequently used, probably by residents who served in local militias and achieved some sort rank. A senior resident, for example, who may have earned the rank of Captain or Major in the Militia, might be respectfully addressed as "Colonel." Although the pecularity of names might present some issues to the researcher, it best serves as clues of generations past. State Archives catalog the names of persons who served in the militia and this source should be exhausted in order to clarify who held rank and where they served. When Local Militia Protected Communities Protected by the Militia The Militia Won the Backwoods During the Revolutionary War Protected by the Militia They Fought Guerrilla Warfare Battle of Bloody Marsh Capt. Andrew Danielly

The Lovely Garden

Garden The early colonists took their ideas from old England, particularly with respect to building cottages and manor houses. And they also included lovely gardens for strolling, as well as kitchen gardens. The first settlers were eager to construct a vigorous economy and mindful of the agricultural landscape. Many of the plants and hedges which we enjoy today are left-overs from English stock.

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Clinch County Wills and Estates

Homerville, Georgia

Clinch County was created on Feb. 14, 1850 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 126). Georgia's 95th county was created from portions of Lowndes and Ware counties. Estate records do not begin until 1868.

Earliest settlers: Charles Cowart, Penelope Carter, Abraham Griffis, John Knight, Thomas Nettles, J. A. Osteen, Isham Pattison, David J. Sirmans, William E. Smith, John M. Williams.

Clinch County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages

  • Index 1867 to 1874
  • Index to Licenses 1874 to 1889

Online Images of Wills 1888 to 1904

Testators:
Booth, Irwin
Crawford, C. C.
Fender, Martin
Herring, Charity
Jones, Fannie
Mattox, Franklin
Moore, William
Sirmans, Daniel
Smith, David
Smith, William
Stotesberry, Peter

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Will Book C 1868 to 1911.
  • Index to Warrants of Appraisements, Book A, 1895 to 1916
  • Index to Warrants of Appraisements, Book B, 1896 to 1960
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Remember the Day?

Remember...
  • When no one locked their doors?
  • We sat on the front porch counting different makes of cars? In those days models like the Cadillac coupe de ville were more glamorous.
  • Everyone had a front porch and we were invited to sip lemonade and chit chat?
  • When we acquainted ourselves with neighbors by walking the streets?
  • Food rationing and victory gardens?
  • During WW II when marshals patroled neighborhoods reminding us to turn out lights.
  • Old Victorian houses with pitched roofs, chimneys and dormer windows stood on every block.
  • Houses had walk-in attics.
  • When railroad tracks criss-crossed thoroughfares.
  • When electric fans were first used in homes?
  • The air conditioning unit in the window?
  • The ranch-style homes of the 1950s?
  • Going to the movies and watching the news from "Movietone Newsreels"
  • Stick shifts and hard-to-turn steering wheels.
  • Rumble seats?