Monday, August 4, 2014

Wars Tell the Story of your Ancestors

Reasons why Ancestors were re-locating
Learning the history of the era of genealogical research for your ancestors is critical to understanding "where" to search next.  Ask yourself which wars occurred during your ancestor's life-time.  Then, look for muster records, pensions, battles and locations of the conflict.  Did they call out the local county militia?  Where did your ancestor reside at the time.  The War of 1812 is a war sadly neglected by genealogists.  One does not always have to discover the pension to learn important facts. This war involved US ports where the British could land and destroy towns and records.  Did you know that if the soldier enrolled for 5 years, that he was entitled to free land?  There were many young men who needed to establish home places and land was a vital element.  Also, from about 1811 to 1813, new forts were erected in strategic areas to handle the muster of the militia.  Soon afterwards, they disappeared into the landscape.  Discovering the ground where these forts once stood is an archeological endeavor.  Remember, there were typical names for forts.  There were several in Georgia known as Fort Defiance, but only vague information exists as to its true location.  One has to follow the threatened areas of invasion and battles. The circumstances of the movements of persons between 1811 and 1813 are interesting.  Where was your ancestor at the time? 

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