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How Genealogy Websites Save You Tons of Money!

quarter The byword during the 1960s when I first began my own research, was that it cost more than $10,00 to gather information from different parts of the country. I quickly got the message as I traveled around interviewing relatives and paying for copies of documents, etc. Acquiring vital records was a long, tedious and rather expensive bureaucratic process. Court house documents written into large bulky ledgers were difficult to handle and almost impossible to photocopy. Most places charged 15 to 25 cents per copy. There were days that I left, my check at the Georgia Archives for $60 or more (just for copies), not to mention rental copies of film at Family History Centers and the one 25-cent copier. It was either make a copy or continue to incur the expense of travel to court houses, archives (including the Federal Archives in Washington, D. C.), historical societies, libraries, and the former homes of the relatives! Nowadays some people gripe about the cost of an online genealogy membership. Realistically, online genealogy websites are a real blessing! The easy indexes save time, effort and money. Yes, lots of money!

Why Tracking the Old Home Place is Essential to Finding the Past

Nottoway River It is essential for the genealogist to locate the exact spot of the old home place, if possible. Generally speaking, the early settlers located along river beds, such as the Nottoway River in Virginia. This may sound difficult, but not if one focuses upon the adjoining farms and the names of the neighbors, then does what is called a "title search" at the court house. That is to say, trace a certain property back to the first owner (or land grant), and then forward to later owners. What this does is identify the original tract of land which contained vague descriptions to more detailed data, such as local streams, ponds, types of forest land and names in the neighborhood. It also locates some interesting situations, such as deeds of gift when the owner transfers title to his children or other kin. A comparison in the tax digests and old last wills and testaments where land bequests were granted, will help confirm data. John Ellis owned 600 acres in Amelia County, which lands adjoined Hardaway Wade, Finney and Samuel Smith. Part of this land bordered on the corner of Hampton Wade near Jacks branch. Also, there were 138 acres of land on both sides of the Nottoway River, which included the mill. This description of the location of the plantation was written by John Ellis and incorporated into his last will and testament in 1762. The genealogist can usually achieve some success in finding the home place simply by reviewing the tax digests and observing adjoining neighbors and waterways. The earliest deeds (if they survived) were quite vague in the use of chains and measures. Another popular marker were slashes upon certain trees, creeks, forests and the like. Also, a visit to the site is quite beneficial and rewarding in locating old churches, communities and cemeteries, especially if one takes a county map along which contains a legend.

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Wigwam Plantation of Chula, Virginia



Historical Marker The former home of Governor William B. Giles is surrounded by over 100 acres of farmland. It consists 18-rooms and under a gable roof and dormers. The house originally had 5 full baths, and includes 4 chimneys that serve 13 fireplaces. There are 65 windows in all, 17 of which are dormers. A window in a room in the basement has bars with attached shackles, and is thought to have been used to secure Union army prisoners in the War Between the States. After the governor died, the family of William Henry Harrison consisting of seven children resided there. A grandson of Harrison acquired the home temporarily in the 1960s in order to effect its restoration.

Map of Amelia County Virginia

Amelia County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Amelia County, Virginia Amelia County was created in 1734 from Prince George and Brunswick Counties and was named after Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of England. During 1754, Prince Edward County was formed from Amelia County, and later the County was reduced to its current size when Nottoway County was separated in 1789. The British under General Tarleton, raided the county in 1781 during the Revolutioonary War. The first court house was located near Pridesville, Virginia, but was destroyed by fire in 1766. Later, it was located at Dennisville until 1849 when it was removed to its present site.

Amelia County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to Members of Virginia Pioneers

Indexes to Wills, Inventories and Accounts

  • 1734 to 1761
  • 1761 to 1771
  • 1771 to 1780
  • 1780 to 1786

Vital Records

  • Births 1853 to 1871
  • Deaths 1853 to 1871
  • Marriages (taken from Gates County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds)
  • Marriage Bonds 1735 to 1834
  • Marriage Index 1853 to 1918

Military

  • Muster Rolls 1861 to 1865

Images of Amelia County Wills 1734-1761



Testators: Anderson, Henry;Appling, Thomas;Baldwin, William;Blanshard, John;Booker, Edmund Sr.;Booker, Edward (2); Booker, Edward Sr.;Booker, Judith;Booker, Richard;Booker, William;Bowman, Robert;Bragg, Hugh;Brewer, Edmund;Bridgforth, John;Burton, Abraham;Burton, Ann;Butler, John; Cabiness, George; Caldwell, George;Chambers, Richard;Chiles, Henry;Claiborn, James;Clarke, Lucy;Clarke, Richard;Clements, William Sr.; Cocke, Abraham;Cobbs, Edith;Cobbs, Samuel;Coleman, Godfrey; Coleman, William;Cousins, Charles;Crawford, Sarah;Croucher, Dorothy;Duffey, John;Elmore, Thomas;Fain, William O.;Finney, William;Ford, Hezekiah;Forrest, Abraham Sr.;Garrott, John; Giles, Arthur;Grainger, Joseph;Gray, Joseph;Green, Elizabeth; Green, William;Hammons, John;Harper, Howard;Hill, Charles; Hinton, Christopher;Hinton, Richard;Hudson, James;Hulmes, Richard;Jones, Abraham;Jones, Emanuel;Jones, John;Jones, Martha; Jones, Peter;Jones, Richard Sr.;Jurden, Samuel;Lockett, James; Long, James;Lowell, John;Marchbanks, George;Mayes, William; Mayton, John;Moor, John;Morris, Isaac;Munford, James;Neall, Heph. Jr.;Neall, Roger;Neall, Thomas;Ogleby, Richard;Penix, William;Powell, John;Roberts, Thomas;Scott, James;Scott, Joseph; Shepard, George;Sherwin, Samuel;Southall, Stephen;Stanly, Daney; Stokes, Frances;Stone, William;Tally, John;Tarley, Peter;Teaston, William;Tesdale, William;Tishey, Alexander; Tomlinson, Henry;Truly, Hector;Tucker, Robert;Vasser, William; Vaughan, Henry;Vaughn, Thomas;Wallace, John Sr.;Waters, James; Watkins, Stephen;Watson, William;West, Frances;West, John(2); Wingo, John;Woodleif, Robert;Yarbrough, Hezekiah;Yarbrough, Moses;Yarbrough, William

Images of Wills 1761 to 1771



Testators: Adams, William;Anderson, John;Bagley, George; Baldwin, John;Bentley, John;Beville, Daniel;Booker, Richard;Booth, George;Booth, Thomas Sr.;Brewer, Ann;Burg, William; Burton, John;Cary, Mary;Chambers, Hugh;Clement, William; Coleman, William;Cornelius, Rowland;Cousens, Robert;Cumpton, John;Dudley, Marlon;Dyer, Thomas;Ellis, John;Fannen, Bryan; Farguson, Robert;Farley, John;Featherstone, William;Ferguson, James;Fitzgerald, William;Foster, William;Grigg, James;Hasslin, John;Hightower, John;Hightower, William;Hill, James; Hood, Thomas;Hudson, Nicholas;Irby, John;Irby, Susanna; Irby, William (2);Jackson, Thomas(2);Johnson, Charles;Johnson, William;Jones, Robert;Lacy, John;Lea, William;Ligon, William; Loury, Thomas;Lovern, Richard;Mann, Joel;Marshall, Robert; May, John;Maynard, William;Old, John;Pavory, Thomas;Powell, Henry;Powell, John Sr.;Ray, John;Raymner, William;Roberts, John; Robertson, Edward;Standley, William;Tabb, Thomas;Tanner, Edward; Tanner, Thomas;Thompson, Richard;Trant, Judith;Tucker, John; Tucker, Robert;Walker, Edmund;Ward, Henry;Whitworth, Thomas; Williamson,Francis;Wilson, William;Wingo, Thomas;Yarbrough, Jordan;Yarbrough, Thomas

Images of Wills and Estates 1771 to 1780



Names not provided due to lack of space.

Images of Wills and Estates 1780 to 1786



Names not provided due to lack of space.

Miscellaneous Will and Estates (Transcripts)

  • Booker, Edward, Sr., LWT
  • Clarke, Richard, LWT
  • Collicott, Wiliam, LWT dated 1765 (Will Bk 2, 1771-1780)
  • Goode, Philip, LWT (transcript)
  • Hutcherson, Charles, LWT, 1768 (digital image)
  • Hutcheson, William, LWT, 1792 (digital image)
  • Moor, John, LWT
  • Neill, Roger, LWT
  • Ogleby, Richard, LWT
  • Penix, William, LWT
  • Scott, Joseph, Estate, inventory
  • Steagall, John, LWT dated 1769 (digital image)
  • Stone, William, Estate, Inventory
  • Tucker, Robert, LWT
  • Warick, Edward, Estate
  • Watson, William, LWT

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