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Junk Genealogy is Clogging the Internet

junk Every genealogist is aware of errors in tracing families. One must try and avoid these errors just as they do "fake news." This is done by not accepting the work of another person until we ourselves check the records. Should they list the resources, then one simply double-checks to discern if there was a proper analysis of the facts. A much more glaring place to get junk genealogy is in the pedigree charts offered by various websites. If there is a means of preventing others (or the system) from adding the ancestors of other people to your chart, do it! Or, do not use the chart system which is offered. Most genealogists dig many long years for answers and become quite familiar with their families. List of Traced Virginia Families on this website

Answers are a Long Time in Coming

grandmother Sometimes many years must past before important answers to problems are discovered. No one gets immediate answers, especially to difficult issues. No one finds immediate happiness or gets rich over night. The same is true of genealogy. And there is a reason. We must delve into the issues and solve problems ourselves for it to take hold of our memories. It usually takes deep thought, but mostly questions. How can I find John Smith in 1790? We might want to kick ourselves in the pants for not being still and listening to the reflections of our grandparents as they relived the past. And someday, if we are not careful, our grandchildren will do the same. Before then, perhaps we can pass on some of what we learned while tracing the ancestors.

Finding the Path Across the Genealogy Maze

maze Have you ever worked one of the maze puzzles in the Altheimer's books? Once inside the maze, the idea is to find a path out. Actually, it is a good exercize for the researcher who spends years attempting to solve complicated genealogies. We expect to find marriage records, for example, but discover that many county records did not begin requiring this filing until the 1900s. But we are inside the maze and must pause to examine all of the possibilities of exit. In seeking the obvious exit, we miss tiny details whih lead to answers. For example, did you realize that the people buried in the old part of a cemetery are "the neighborhood?" It is these tombstones which provide answers. Had you researched the local deed records, wills and estates, you might recognize some of the names. In other words, you are looking at the neighbors, friends and relatives of your ancestors. A closer look at the old section might turn up the husband's of daughters. Look closely and write down everyone's name. Notice when they include a maiden name. Example: Mary Jones Smith. Gosh, Mary's parents are probably buried close by. And an examination of old wills and estates might help identify if Mary Jones belongs to your family. Thus, just as we examine every outlet in the maze, we identify every possible relationship.

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George Washington's Ferry Farm

Ferry FarmThe Ferry Farm of the Washington family was operated until about 1738 when they removed to Stafford County. It was called Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the Fredericksburg farm.
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Genealogists Search Many States

plowing All of a person's ancestors did not reside in one State. After coming to this country, they moved around with great regularity. That is because land was so important to survival. The habit of allowing fields to remain fallow for two years or more was helpful, but not enough. A good rich, loamy soil was required to sustain generations of families. In Virginia, it was tobacco which quickly depleted the soil, and soon as ther American Revolution, families were on the move. Genealogists, look to the land grants of these soldiers (for service) and subsent land lotteries in Georgia. Many families drew and won land in the lotteries, according to the number of persons in the family. That is why it is important to examine Tax Digests, which list the number of acres and the county. We trace the movement of our ancestors through deed records, tax digests, land grants and lotteries. As families moved along, it becomes necessary to examine the county records everywhere that they resided. This is where marriage records were recorded, deeds given, and estates probated. Also, a close examination of local cemeteries and churches is indicated. Why? Because burial records and church registers also tell the story. Georgia Pioneers has a vast collection of county records and includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It is easy to search from one state to the next using the same portal.

How to Turn Marginal Genealogy into Real Genealogy

tombstones As we continue our research, we find ourselves jotting down tidbits of information, thinking that it might be useful later. And it is, as more data reaches our computer. But what kind tidbits are most important? Witnesses to deeds and adjoining properties; every name in the old part of the cemetery, especially those adjoining your family plots. Names in the same district as your ancestor written down according to the order of the entries, along with such details as acreage, adjoining neighbors and waters. Purchasers of estate sales as some of these people married the daughters (examine these names in the county marriage records). Remarkably, all of these people were the old neighborhood! You will be amazed at how this information provides a better understand of the life and times of your ancestors, plus makes all the puzzle parts fit.

Captain Joseph Collins

Captain Joseph Collins, Gentleman, was commissioned to serve as a Lieutenant of a Troop of Horse under Captain Joseph Hawkins in the Colonial Militia of Spotsylvania County. He gave his Oath of Allegiance on November 6, 1750.

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Walnut Grove Plantation

Spotsylvania County was named for Alexander Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. It was formed from Essex, King and Queen and King William counties in 1720.

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  • Wills, Indentures, Bonds 1722 to 1749
  • Wills, Indentures, Bonds 1722 to 1749 (second index)
  • Wills, Indentures, Bonds 1749 to 1760
Images of Wills 1722 to 1749
  • Allen, Thomas
  • Blake, John
  • Ellis, Robert
  • Goodloe, Henry
  • Grayson, Ambrose
  • Hollady, John
  • Leavil, Edward
  • Martin, John
  • Morris, Thomas
  • Samuel, Anthony
  • Taylor, James
Images of Wills 1749 to 1760
  • Allan, John
  • Allen, Elizabeth
  • Barnes, Thomas
  • Battaley, Mary
  • Bullard, Ambrose
  • Carr, William
  • Carter, Joseph
  • Chew, John
  • Childs, Richard
  • Collins, Joseph
  • Collins, Thomas
  • Fox, John
  • Garton, Uriah
  • Gilbert, John
  • Goodloe, Elizabeth
  • Gordon, John
  • Hawkins, Nicholas
  • Herndon, Edward
  • Hunter, William
  • Lynn, William
  • Mathis, Benjamin
  • Matthews, William
  • Minor, John
  • Minor, William
  • Moor, Robert
  • Musick, George
  • Pollard, Ame
  • Procter, William
  • Pulliam, Thomas
  • Rawlins, James
  • Reeves, George
  • Shepard, George
  • Spotswood, John
  • Stubblefield, George
  • Taliaferro, Francis
  • Thomas, Owen
  • Thornton, Francis
  • Waller, Dorothy
  • Waller, John
  • Waller, William
  • Warren, Elizabeth
  • Warren, Thomas
  • White, Agnes
Images of Wills 1761 to 1772

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