Monday, October 13, 2014

Your Ancestors in History

There are many old Virginia wills and administrations of estates which will help discover where your ancestors came from originally. The early wills provide interesting details, such as the names of friends and relatives, imported bricks and nails, inventories of books, farm utensils, sloops, and a general overview of the hardships suffered to immigrate.  These records help the researcher to understand that even though the ancestor was not a famous character, he also played important role in history.  The wills themselves are strong evidence of a person's lifestyles and the struggles which they encountered in the New World. A great beginning is to read the old wills online at  

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