One Genealogy Website is not Enough. They all Contain Different Information and Should be ExploredAlthough there are a number of growing free genealogy websites, one must realize that there are endless resources to finding one's ancestors. Genealogical research is far more informative and interesting than anything written in history books. That is because of the gruelling work involved in tracking actual history during the life times of our own ancestors. Yet so much continues to be lost. Even in modern times, when a person dies, his precious items are disposed of. Not too long ago, the maintaining of family records inside the family bible was a family tradition. But collecting even a smidget of "what was" (such as family bibles) is difficult. When my grandmother died, I recall a little fire in the backyard where her possessions were disposited, including old books and bibles. Now, when I see an old bible in an antique shop, I think "what a shame!" All collections are different and collectors remove items from the public eye into their own society. I once visited a lady who had several records books from the local court house in her collection. Why? Because the clerk was her father and he was in the habit of bringing his work home. Later, a court house fire destroyed just about everything, except the books in her father's attic! What I am saying is that as collections end up in the hands of the genealogists, we can expect to find records that we supposed were lost. But we need to be persistant in our research. Too, every genealogy website does not have the same records. One have to understand that everything being searched for is not contained on one website. Additionally, the State Archives and Regional Libraries house a great deal of data. Not the same data. But a lot of data. And every library is different insofar as their collections are concerned. While Ancestry has the census and immigrations records (also available at the National Archives for free), Georgia Pioneers has a vast collection of bible records, traced genealogies, rare individual collections, wills, estates and marriages. To view the names of testators of old wills for the State of Georgia, there is free access to genealogy records in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Simply viewing which each county has and learning whether or not the ancestor was there, saves some valuable research time. Interestingly, Georgia Pioneers recently made available all of its collections in GA KY NC SC TN and VA through the same portal
The Hunt for Old Records Continues in Lowndes County (Georgia) . . . . .One must go into the field in order to find lost records. By that I mean that it is up to genealogists to locate that which was lost, or thought to be lost. Take the example of a researcher whose recent visit to the Lowndes Historical Museum in Valdosta, Georgia found some surprises. The Court house had burned down in 1890, however, someone grabbed a bunch of books and papers and took them home. All these years later, the grandchildren are bringing them to the Historical Society where they are being transcribed!
It is a Mistake to Accept the Pedigrees of OthersA lot of pedigrees are being placed upon the Internet, Beware of mistakes! Accepting the research of someone else may steer one into a mess which is far afield from his true ancestry! For this reason, it is always a good idea to check out the listed resources. Also, abstracted records such as wills and estates should be fully researched. By that I mean, the original will recorded in the court house by the clerk and written in his own handwriting is the nearest thing to reality. One must read the old documents in order to get the gist of the testator's intent. The spelling of names and number of heirs may be flawed. At one point or the other one the researcher has to ascertain this for himself. Genealogy is fun, but it is also riddled with errors. Beware!
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Lowndes County Wills, Estates, Marriages
The first court house was a log structure built in Franklinville in 1828. When Lowndesville was named county seat in 1833, the wooden courthouse was moved from Franklinville. The next year, a new courthouse was built in Lowndesville, which in 1837 was renamed Troupville. A new court house was built in Lowndes in 1842 which burned in 1858. After that, the county seat was removed to Valdosta and another court house was built, which burned in 1869.
Lowndes County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Index to Lowndes County Marriages 1870-1892
- Index to Lowndes County Marriages 1879-1890
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Lowndes County Will Book A, 1871-1915.
- Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1870-1893
- Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1893-1914
Digital Images of Lowndes County Wills 1871-1901Testators: Ashby, D. Burroughs | Ashley, Juliett M. | Back, William Melhuish | Barfield, Frederick | Barfield, Lafayette, General | Barnes, John D. | Basher, James A. | Bass, Bass, Mary Ann | Blanton, Edmond | Brinson, Sarah E. | Campbell, Maggie E., Mrs. | Coon, Isaac S., Dr. | Creech, T. P. | Drawdy, Levi | Fox, Thomas | Fry, W. E. | Harp, Warren J. | Jones, Allen | Jones, Mitchell | Lane, Benjamin | Lane, A. H. | Marshall, Matthew | Matthews, Jane (Mrs.) | McLeod, Daniel | McLeod, Archibald | Moore, Allen | Moore, Henry E. | Morgan, Mary Ann | Morris, George W. | Pembleton, Esther | Ray, W. A. | Sims, William A. | Slash, Underhill | Slaten, C. E. A. (Mrs.) | Smith, Owen | Stapler, John R. | Strickland, Charles | Swilly, Franklin | Waldhauer, Israel T. | Waldhauer, John C. | Wayman, Charlotte | Williams, Elizabeth A. | Young, Remer | Young, Roxey A. (Mrs.)
Lowndes County Families
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