Give the Children MemoriesFrom the instance of birth, little children reach out to us. The tiny flailing hands seem so eagar to touch someone. It is almost as though the tiny creation from its home in heaven has found a strangely foreign abode and is asking: "Who am I? What is my place here?" Although these such reflexes diminish over the years, there exists a natural yearning to belong. That is why family is so important. We have to assist these little creatures discover the wonders of life and help them along the path of identification. The home, dinner table, pets and even the family car suggest a certain security. Yet, it is the family members themselves who connect to security. Yet always, deep down inside of us, exists the need to know more about our ourselves, our own identify. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why tracing ancestors is not only popular in America, but a powerfully cohesive tool in binding the family together. As we learn who these relatives were and the reason for the choices which they made on their path of life, we begin to understand ourselves and our own well-defined bloodline. After finding the names and dates to complete the pedigree chart, should we learn more about our kin and the battles which they fought? After the American Revolutionary War, many of our ancestors did not live long enough to realize the fruits of their bravery. This is because the decision to fight was painful and the struggle for freedom was long-suffering. The founders lost everything they owned. Surely, for years into the future the whole of the thirteen colonies paid a very dear price for freedom. A price which they held dear to their hearts. And, we should tell our children all the stories and particulars. The direct pedigree produces four more names (families) to search with each passing generation. There are certainly enough fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, uncles, great-uncles, etc. to produce some great stories of your revolutionary war soldiers and to relate them to the children. Because, you see, whether of English, German, Scottish or Irish descent, there is at least one great story to be discovered in each family. Our children crave to know these stories. It nourishes self-confidence and a love for history. Thus, learning the past is the key know ourselves. We are not alone!
Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
Think of the Internet as a Genealogy VaultThe technology of the internet moves civilization forward and is a blessing because it is where we discover forgotten members of the family and more about our past. And, it is a place to post important genealogy data. As time moves forward and more people share their family histories, the internet will contain the most valuable documents on earth. All that we need to do is to continue to share and add our information (no matter how trivail) to lasting websites. Initially at the first onset of the user experience, there was a rush of family group sheets added from computer programs. However, most of those have been taken down. Therefore, it is important that we post our information on more than one website. All over the Nation there are public libraries with a surprising amount of file folders containing family genealogy. I have found that people are still donating some pretty interesting to libraries and archives. Hopefully, the data will be digitized on library websites. Actually, local libraries are beginning to write their own websites and (for now) contains only a small amount downloadable data (usually out-of-date books). How much genealogy will bes digitized and preserved on the internet is a question of budget. We should continue to be supportive with our genealogy donations and attend local libraries. I have personally gathered and preserved a great deal of genealogical data over the years and those books which I published are contained as databases on my genealogy websites, viz: Georgia Pioneers Kentucky Pioneeers North Carolina Pioneers South Carolina Pioneers Southeastern Genealogy and Virginia Pioneers
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Fannin County, Georgia Estates and Wills
Fannin County was created from Gilmer and Union counties on Jan. 21, 1854 by an act of the General Assembly. Early settlers include: J. W. Anderson, James A. Bruce, David Baugh, J. R. Barker, John B. Dickey, Joseph Dyer, James Cole, William Craig, L. G. Cutcher, Joseph Clemmons Elijah Ellis, William Franklin, John W. Gray, J. D. Galloway, E. J. Henry, John Hickey, W. G. Johnson, H. S. Kyle, R. J. McClure, Amos Owenby, Elijah Petty, Jesse Roper, David Shuler, H. B. Thomas, L. A. Vaughn and Jacob Weaver.
Online Fannin County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Online Images of Wills and Estates 1854-1865Testators: Addington, James;Beard, James;Berry, Jesse;Carter, Nelson;Casada, John;Chastain (bond);Chastain, Rainey;Chastain, James;Churchill, H. T.; Colton orphans;Cox, Tilmon;Crumley, John;Davis, Elias;Denton, William; Dillbeck, David;Douthit, John;Douthit, Warren;Dunn orphans;Ellis, Elijah;Ellis, J. N.;Freeman, Beverly;Garland, William;Grady, Samuel; Griffin, Stephen;Griffith, John;Heaton, John;Henry, John;Hill, Harber; Hise estate;Huckabee orphans;Jay orphans;Kindall, James;Legg, James; Legg, Joel;Legg, Seaten;Levaskin, Jesse;Lusk, William;Marshall orphans; McKiney, Didemia;McLeod, William;Melton, Elisha;Merrell, William; Oliver, Thomas;Patterson, John;Powell, John;Robertson orphans; Rogers orphans;Rogers, Anne;Rogers, Hugh;Rogers, Robert;Smith, John; Stanbury, Solomon;Stanton, William;Steele, W. J.;Summers, Samuel; Summers, Thomas;Thomas, William;Trammell, James;Trammell, Robert; Treadaway, Thomas;Webster, William;Wethers, Braselton
Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills and Estates 1854-1865.
- Inventories, Appraisements and Miscellaneous Estates 1865-1903.
- Wills 1868-1929.
- Annual Returns and Vouchers 1866-1893.
- Annual Returns, Administrators, Guardians 1893-1916.