People Do Not Give Birth When 100 Years of Age!Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
It is easy to mix the generations. That is, to give credit to one ancestor for having children which he was too old to have sired. A generation consists of 33.3 years. Actually, this time frame can be used as a rule-of-thumb for the birthing years. A groom was generally about 20 years of age and the bride several years younger when the were married. The first child came about a year later, and other children were spaced about two years apart. By the time the mother was fifty years of age, she discontinued having children. There are always excepts, however, this is a reasonable guideline to follow. That means that one must ascertain the starting (birth) dates with some accuracy. The further back in time that one traces makes for more errors time-wise. Say, that the families date from 1600 to 1400. Two hundred years equals about six generations. Hopefully, a clear starting point is in there somewhere, such as a christening date. And some marriage dates which help clarify the math. A study in local period histories is indicated. The idea is to search for everyone mentioned in the documents of your ancestors (wills, estates, deeds, court cases, etc.). Churches kept records of its members, those who processioned roads and other chores. Church attendance and tithing was mandatory in the Anglican church. In other words, the history of an era is tantamount to learning how ancestors participated in the community, militia or paid taxes. Such data is necessary to open doors to more clues.
Sardis Presbyterian Church, Rome, GeorgiaSardis Presbyterian Church was built ca 1836 on a site west of Rome, Georgia at the foot of Turnip Mountain. During 1821 the first missionaries were sent into this region to establish the Turnip Mountain Mission to the Cherokee Indians. It was known as Haweis. The first building of the church was a log structure covered with planks, stood just north of the present-day church which was constructed ca 1855. It was on this site that during the War Between the States that the Sardis Volunteers were organized and was attacked to the 6th Georgia Cavalry.
Asking Relatives and Genealogists to Share InformationGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
There is a great deal of information floating around in our breathing-space and cyberspace. It seems that just about everyone is interested in learning something about their ancestors. And, genealogy remains the #1 hobby in America! In the old days, I would collect phone books and use them to contact (by phone or letter) people having the same surnames who resided in specific regions of the country. This worked pretty good as long we shared the same common ancestor, who was (generally speaking) great-great grandparents. Too, I discovered that once I traced the family back to about 1880, I was able to match up with a lot of people working on the same lineage. Today, our most immediate resource is the Internet where information is quickly gathered. Once again, however, matching the great grandparents is the fastest avenue to a satisfying result. And locating our new cousins and sharing information is delicious; herein lies the opportunity to meet these wonderful kin folks. Although, family reunions in a park or somewhere convenient still exists, we connect quite easily over social programs, such as Facebook, Google + and Linkedin whose main attributes are to host thousands of genealogy and ancestor groups where people comment and share their research efforts. Just a word or two from one of these researchers could launch a new avenue of discovery!
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Floyd County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps
Floyd County was created in 1832 from Cherokee lands ceded by the Indians. Early settlers were: John Bridges, J. M. Edge, Davis Fricks, Thomas Hackett, J. W. Hooper, S. J. Johnston, J. H. Lumpkin, Thomas Mills, James McConnell, Thomas Pullium, H. C. Roe, W. J. Smith, James M. Ware and N. Yarbrough.
Floyd County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Bk A (1852-1861)
- Will Bk B (1861-1871)
- Wills, Bk C (1871-1892)
- Annual Returns (1842-1852)
- Marriages from Newspapers 1885 to 1886
- 1883 Rome City Directory
- 1834 Map of Rome
Online Images of Floyd County Wills (1852-1861)Testators:Baker, Benjamin
Lavender, George M., Estate (1839)
Webb, Charles Williams, Elizabeth
Traced Genealogies of Floyd County Families