Sunday, January 31, 2016

Did You Hear Stories from your Ancestors? Loudoun County Minute Books

The Story Told by your Ancestors
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
The stories of people's lives is told in the last will and testament and details of the estates, viz: inventories, sales, annual returns, receipts, vouchers. Because here is where they listed the details of their daily lives, accomplishments and treasures. The inventory itself is a snap shot of a lifetime of labor and love. The occupation is learned from the inventories and sales of the estate which detailed animals, acreage, locations, and heirs. Local histories and economies are revealed in those papers. Can you write the history of those times and the role which your families played? If not, perhaps you are not reading every item and studying its affect on the local economy. 

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The old plantations represent an economy linked to a community of uniquely creative and enterprising individuals who helped to build a better world. Close your eyes for a moment and envision a farmer walking across a field of cotton or tobacco at sunset. Did it sufficiently rain that season? Did you notice the horses licking salt blocks or the cows coming up to the barn for sweet feed? For the genealogist, the old Will and Estate Records are the vintage find, the treasure discovered! A large collection of jewelled documents is found on Virginia Pioneers 

Loudoun County was created in 1757 from Fairfax County and was named after John Campbell, the Fourth Earl of Loudoun and Governor of Virginia from 1756 to 1759. Between 1720 and 1730 settlers were Quakers, Scots-Irish, Germans and others who removed south from Pennsylvania and Maryland into Virginia. 

Loudoun County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers 

Wills Loudoun County Wills abstracts (1761-1774) 

Minute Books
  1. 1780 to 1783 (no index)
  2. 1785 to 1786 | Index
  3. 1785 to 1788

Map of Loudoun County

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Need to know if your ancestors left a will or estate record?  An easy, quick (and free) way to find out is to click on the links below.

County Records of 8 Genealogy Websites

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