Tuesday, July 8, 2014

More than one way to skin the "Genealogy" Cat !

One of the biggest assets to researching records in the State of Virginia is that, although General Sherman destroyed records during the War Between the States, there are yet many records to be discovered?  Where?  Why, so much information about family members is discovered in the old last wills and testaments, that it is well worth it to read all those (wills) you can find for your families. There is more than one way to skin a cat! An old will is almost like finding a diary or journal.  It is replete with daily struggles and journeys. You see it in the economy which they were building by reading the inventories, appraisements, receipts, annual returns and estate sales. If no will or estate was found, search the newspapers for executor and administrator sales (of the plantations).  The early colonists simply did not live out their lives and leave nothing behind.  They were building America!  Think of the plantation or farm like everyone had a drugstore and had to keep business journals.  When they died, all of that work did not simply evaporate. One can read in the traditional history books about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but where did the author learn about them?  Why, in court house records, from the estates which they left behind.  It is the story of their life.  Many of us have prominent ancestors, and simply do not know it because we have not done the homework. Come on over to Virginia Pioneers  and read all of the Wills for the surnames which you are researching.

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