Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Old Way of Researching Ancestors is Fading into Oblivion

Andrew Carnegie Library
Does this library look comfortable? Oh, a place to research ancestors and relax.  Considering how tendious researching is, it has become easier these days at Virginia Pioneers    As more old records are scanned and placed on the website, it is far easier to click on a name and view an old Will than it was by visiting the Virginia Archives or regional libraries and searching through tons of stuff. That was the old way.

Need more time to sort things out? A good deal for genealogists needing to read old Virginia Wills and other helpful family data. 6 months subscription to Virginia Pioneers for $54.00. Subscribe to Virginia Pioneers.net and view wills and other documents online

To join this blog, add your email below
Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner



Do the Magic Centipede


click here for video
Become a member of the Pioneer Families Community, and enjoy the benefits of a network of genealogy experts: including access to all eight websites, books written by renowned Georgia genealogist Jeannette Holland Austin, and personal help with your research for any family in GA, NC, SC, or VA. A full year of membership with all these benefits for less than $13 a month, compared with up to $45 a month at ancestry.com
  1. GeorgiaPioneers.com
  2. KentuckyPioneers.com
  3. NorthCarolinaPioneers.com
  4. SouthCarolinaPioneers.net
  5. VirginiaPioneers.net
  6. Genealogy-Books.com
  7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
  8. SoutheasternGenealogy.com (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
SAVE MONEY! Click on Annual Membership button - $150.00 for one year.

Subscribe

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brunswick Co. VA Genealogy:Images of Wills and Testaments

Brunswick Court HouseBrunswick County, Virginia Court House Records

Brunswick County was created in 1720 and was named after the House of Brunswick which had assumed the throne of England in 1714. The first settlement was Fort Christanna and the county seat today is Lawrenceville, Virginia. Some of the earliest settlers were Joseph Dunman, James Lunday, William Lucas, Francis Parham, Charles Ross, Richard Massey and Matthew Marshall.

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

Marriages
  • Marriages 1750 to 1861
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Debentures, 1739-1750
  • Index to Wills, Inventories, Accounts, 1751-1769
  • Index to Wills, 1783-1785
Miscellaneous Wills, Estates
  • Adams, William, orphans of, Order Book 12
  • Allen, Anne, LWT (unrecorded)
  • Brumbelow, Francis, LWT
  • Hicks, James, Order Book 12
  • Hurst, Judith, Order Book 12
  • Johnson, William, Order Book 12
  • Jones, William, Order Book 12
  • Leftwich, Thomas (1784)
  • Love, Hugh (1780)
  • Martin, William, Order Book 12
  • McFarlane, Benjamin (1784)
  • Miller, John Michael (1784)
  • Mize, Edith, Order Book 12
  • Moon, Jacob (1784)
  • Moore, William vs. John Ingram, Order Book 12
  • Parker, Thomas (1784)
  • Parten, Lucy, LWT
  • Patey, Salley, bastard children of (1784)
  • Ray, Benjamin, son of Edith Mize, Order Book 12
  • Thompson, Frederick, orphan of Joanna Thompson, Order Book 12
  • Trigg, William and John (1784)
  • Turner to Turner, Gift Deed
  • Vinson, Thomas, Order Book 12
  • Walker, Amos, William and Joseph, sons of Rebecca, Order Book 12
  • Digital Images of Wills, 1739 to 1750
    Testators: George Brewer; John Brockwell; Abraham Burton; John Chapman; John Clemons; John Cooke; Edmund Denton; Joseph Denman; Graves Eaves; Newman Harper; Francis Harris; Elizabeth Hicks (2); Robert Hicks; Robert Hill; John Huggins; William Huggiins; John Humphris; Ambrose Jackson; John Jackson; Ralph Jackson; William Jackson; Sampson Lanier; Thomas Lanier; William Lucas (3); James Lunday; Mary Maclin; Matthew Marshall; Richard Massey; John Mitchell; John Nipper; Francis Parham; Charles Ross; Bartholomew Rovardes; Thomas Stroud; Edward Tatum; James Turner; Richard Wood; Abraham Phenix; Abrauahm Vaughan; B urrell Brown; David Cummins;Eleanor DeLoach; Frances Wyche; Joseph Park; Miachel Wall; Richard Ransom; Richard Smith; Richard Vaughan; Robert Christie; Robert Cooke; Sarah Clanton and William DeLoach.
  • Digital Images of Wills 1751-1761
    Testators: Adams, William; Balley, Waters; Bennit, James;Bettle, John;Betty, John;Brewer, George; Brook, John;Cassell, Thomas;Clack, James;Clack, Sterling; Clarke, Nathaniel;Clarke, Samuel;Collier, William;Collins, Thomas;Craft, Thomas;Croker, John;Davis, John;Denton, Edward; Denton, Sarah;Denton, William;Dickerson, Metcalf;Elzey, John; Evans, Charles;Evans, Elizabeth;Evans, John; Farrington, John; Hammond, William;Harwell, Thomas;Hayes, Charles;Hensley, Joseph; Hicks, James;Hynds, Robert; Ingram, John; Jackson, Daniel; Jackson, Thomas Sr.;Johnson, William;Jordan, James;King, Charles Sr.;Leashley, William;Ledbetter, Henry;Lee, William;Lightfoot, John;Lipsey, William;Lucas, David;Mabry, Hinchia Jr.;Maclin, William;McKnight, William;Mitchell, Thomas;Moore, John; Nipper, Anne;Parrish, James;Powell, Thomas;Powell, William; Procter, Robert;Randall, John;Scoggan, William;Smith, Ambrus; Snapsing, Joseph;Stuart, Charles;Thomas, Thomas;Tomlinson, William;Tooke, John;Wall, John;Wall, John (2);Wallace, Susanna; Ward, John;Whittington, Mary;Whittington, William; Williams, Thomas; Wyche, Peter; Wyse, William
  • Digital Images of Wills, 1764-1769
    Baker, Robert;Blayton, Elizabeth;Britt, Henry;Bruce, James; Cato, Burwell;Denton, Elizabeth;Dowsing, William;Durham, George; Ezell, William;Francis, William;Gordon, Charles;Gordon, John; Harwell, John;Howard, John;Jones, Charles; Lambert, Hugh; Lindsey, William;Maclin, James;Nevison, John;Oliver, John; Oliver, Lucy;Peterson, John;Seabon, Liswell;Seward, Benjamin; Short, William Sr.;Simmons, Henry;Simmons, Peter; Smith, Christopher; Spicer, James;Stewart, James;Upchurch, James; Walker, Freeman;Walton, George;Williamson, Exum; Willis, John; Willis, Mildred
  • Digital Images of Wills, 1783-1785
    Testators: Charles Oldham, Edward Taylor, Henry Chambles, James Fisher, James Hobbs, James Howeston, James Upchurch, John Dobbins, Joseph Hambleton, Joseph Wilks, Lewis Charles, Moses Inagram, Richard Ramsey, William Holloday.
  • Digital Images of Wills, Genealogies, Marriages, Bible Records



    Diggin up your Roots

    Do the Magic Centipede


    Need more time to sort things out? A good deal for genealogists needing to read old Virginia Wills and other helpful family data. 6 months subscription to Virginia Pioneers for $54.00. Subscribe to Virginia Pioneers.net and view wills and other documents online

    To join this blog, add your email below
    Enter your email address:


    Delivered by FeedBurner



    Do the Magic Centipede


    click here for video
    Become a member of the Pioneer Families Community, and enjoy the benefits of a network of genealogy experts: including access to all eight websites, books written by renowned Georgia genealogist Jeannette Holland Austin, and personal help with your research for any family in GA, NC, SC, or VA. A full year of membership with all these benefits for less than $13 a month, compared with up to $45 a month at ancestry.com
    1. GeorgiaPioneers.com
    2. KentuckyPioneers.com
    3. NorthCarolinaPioneers.com
    4. SouthCarolinaPioneers.net
    5. VirginiaPioneers.net
    6. Genealogy-Books.com
    7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
    8. SoutheasternGenealogy.com (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
    SAVE MONEY! Click on Annual Membership button - $150.00 for one year.

    Subscribe

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Botetourt Co. VA Wills and Estates (Images); Marriages

    Botetourt County Court HouseBotetourt County, Virginia Court House Records




    The first court house was constructed in 1772, built with logs, destroyed by fire in 1848. There were several fires which destroyed subsequent buildings and a new building was built in 1975. The county was formed in 1770 from Augusta County and it derived its name from Lord Botetourt, the Governor of Virginia.

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

    Marriages
    • Marriages 1770-1803
    Indexes to Probate Records
    • Index to Wills, Deeds, Estates 1824 to 1829
    Miscellaneous Wills
    • McCoy, James, LWT (transcript)
    • McCoy, John, LWT (transcript)
    • Wallace, John, LWT (transcript)
    Military
    • Veterans of War of 1812 published in Fincastle Herald 1 Oct 1899
    Digital Images of Botetourt County Wills 1824 to 1829
    Testators: Anderson, Robert ; Bannister, Elijah ; Betts, Elisha ; Bowyer, John ; Byrd, Thomas Sr. ; Calhoun, William ; Compton, William ; Freeman, Aggy ; Getty, Jeremiah ; Goodwin, Thomas ; Gulliford, Anna ; Hartman, George ; Holstine, Stephen ; Horn, Charles ; Kinsey, Christian ; Knight, James ; Lacklin, Elisha ; London, James ; McClanahan, Sarah ; McElhaney, Samuel ; Obenchain, Philip ; Palmore, Charles; Patterson, Timothy ; Peffley, David ; Pitzer, John ; Reed, Frederick ; Reed, Thomas ; Shaver, Andrew ; Smith, Absalom Sr. ; Spiller, Jacob ; Stover, William ; Terry, Stephen ; Wallace, David ; Wallace, William ; Welch, John ; Womack, William

    Digital Images of Botetourt County Wills 1829 to 1838
    Testators: Anderson, Nancy ;Arms, Andrew; Book, Philip; Bowyer, Henry; Breckinridge, James; Britz, Adam; Cartmell, Henry Jr. ;Copp, Christian; Crawford, Josiah; Crush, Daniel; Crutchfield, Thompson; Detzett, James ;Dillon, John ;Douglass, John ;Eller, Jacob ;Falls, James ;Ferrill, Stephen ;Floyd, Edward ;Franklin, David ;Gist, George; Gish, Jacob ;Harvey, Robert ;Johnston, Charles; Jordan, John ;Kittinger, Rudolph ;Kyle, Sarah ;Lemmon, Frederick ;Little, William ;Lyon, George; Mayline, Reason ;McDonald, William; McKaliston, Garland ;Middlecaugh, John ;Mitler, Valentine ;Parker, Caleb;Poage, George; Poage, William ;Preston, John ;Quigley, Margaret ;Robinson, Isaac; Rowland, William; Safford, Adam; Sharkey, Nicholas ;Sheck, Jacob ;Sherrit, Thomas; Smiley, William; Snider, Mathias ;Stewart, Samuel ;Stever (or Stover), George ;Stover, John ;Taylor, Allen; Thomas, Francis; Van Meter, Hester ;Weitzel, John ;Whalen, Dennis ;White, Samuel ;Whitten, William ;Wilson, Thomas


    Digital Images of Wills, Genealogies, Marriages, Bible Records



    Diggin up your Roots


    Need more time to sort things out? A good deal for genealogists needing to read old Virginia Wills and other helpful family data. 6 months subscription to Virginia Pioneers for $54.00. Subscribe to Virginia Pioneers.net and view wills and other documents online

    To join this blog, add your email below
    Enter your email address:


    Delivered by FeedBurner



    Do the Magic Centipede


    click here for video
    Become a member of the Pioneer Families Community, and enjoy the benefits of a network of genealogy experts: including access to all eight websites, books written by renowned Georgia genealogist Jeannette Holland Austin, and personal help with your research for any family in GA, NC, SC, or VA. A full year of membership with all these benefits for less than $13 a month, compared with up to $45 a month at ancestry.com
    1. GeorgiaPioneers.com
    2. KentuckyPioneers.com
    3. NorthCarolinaPioneers.com
    4. SouthCarolinaPioneers.net
    5. VirginiaPioneers.net
    6. Genealogy-Books.com
    7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
    8. SoutheasternGenealogy.com (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
    SAVE MONEY! Click on Annual Membership button - $150.00 for one year.

    Subscribe

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Bedford Co. VA Wills (Images) and Estates

    Bedford County Court House

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



    Bedford County was created from Lunenberg County in December 13, 1753; parts of Albemarle County were added in 1754, and an additional part of Lunenberg County was added even later. In 1782, Campbell County was formed for parts of Bedford County; in 1786, Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.

    Bedford County Probate Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers

    Tax Digests
    • Bedford County Tax Digests of 1782, 1784 to 1816
    Digital Images of Wills 1763 to 1787
    Testators: Allen, Reynolds | Allen, Robert | Allford, Silvator | Banister, William | Bates, John | Beard, Adam | Beard, Elizabeth | Beard, John | Birdwell, George | Board, John Sr. | Bodiker, William | Bowyer, Frederick | Bramlett, William | Brander, John | Brown, John | Bryan, William | Buford, Thomas | Burgess, William| Bush, John | Callaway, George | Campbell, William | Candler, Daniel | Cantrell, Sarah | Carson, John | Cook, Andris | Credell, Humphrey | Dalton, Timothy| Dixon, Thomas| Dooly, Thomas| Downing, John | Early, Jeremiah | Eger, George | English, Stephen | Ewing, Charles | Ewing, Robert | Ferguson, John | Fuqua, Ralph | Gaddey, George | Gibson, James | Gilbert, Samuel | Goad, John | Goode, John | Gouldman, Edward | Gower, Standly | Gray, John | Green, John | Greer, Joseph | Hailes, Francis | Hail, Richard | Hamilton, Thomas | Hancock, George | Hardwick, Robert | Hatcher, Edward | Hayth, William | Haynes, William | Hoard, William | Hollogain, John | Huddleston, Abraham | Hunter, Alexander | Irvine, Christopher | Irvine, William | Itheny, Thomas | Johnson, Benjamin | Jones, Michael | Jones, William | Kennedy, John | Lawson, Jonas | Lainhart, John Christopher | Linn, Adam| Loving, William | Martin, Robert | McCormack, William | Milam, Benjamin | Milam, Thomas| Miller, Simon | Mitchell, Daniel | Moon, Jacob Jr. | Moorman, Silas | Moreman, Thomas | Morgan, Thomas | Morris, Daniel | Murphy, Thomas | McMurtree, James | Pate, Edward | Pate, John | Phelps, John | Pollard, Francis | Prather, Jonathan | Rawlins, Benjamin | Ray, Joseph | Redd, John | Rentfroe, Joseph | Roberts, David | Roberts, Thomas | Robinson, James | Roland, Henry | Rust, George | Shaw, John | Smelser, Paulser | Smith, Bowker | Smith, Guy | Snow, Thomas | Steward, James | Stemon, Martin | Stump, John| Tanner, Nathaniel | Taylor, Henry | Thompson, William | Trigg, William | Turner, Richard | Wade, Jeremiah | Walker, Robert | Watkins, Thomas | Welch, Nicholas | Willson, John | Wilson, Mathew | Womack, Jesse | Worley, William | Worlly, Francis | Wright, Thomas |Young, James

    Digital Images of Wills 1788 to 1803
    Testators: Adams, John | Arthur, John | Ayres, James Sr.| Ballard, William | Banister, Isaac | Bobbett, Ivey | Boyd, William | Brickey, Janet | Brooke, Elizabeth | Brown, Daniel Sr. | Brown, Henry | Brown, James | Brown, Joseph | Bullen, Moses | Butler, William | Campbell, Moses | Canada, William | Cowan, Robert | Dabney, Cornelius | Daughterty, Hugh | Davies, Zachary | Eckhols, John | Embree, Moses | Franklin, Mary Ann | Fuqua, John | Gibson, WIlliam | Gilliam, Richard | Gray, Sarah | Hancock, Simon | Hatcher, Henry | Hatcher, Reuben | Hatley, Henry | Holt, John | Jackson, Jervis | Johnson, Timothy | Krantz, Michael | Lambert, Charles | Leftwich, Augustin | Luhle, Michael | Mayberry, Frederick | Mayse, James |Meador, Hambrus | Mitchell, Robert | Moody, William | Mosley, Walter | North, Abraham | Overstreet, Thomas | Payne, John | Phelps, John | Preston, Thomas | Ramsey, Bartholomew | Read, William | Reynolds, Amos | Rosebrough, Robert | Routon, Richard | Scott, William | Slinker, Christopher | Stockton, William | Stone, Micajah | Thornhill, William | Trueman , William | Watson, Johnson | Watts, Edward | Williamson, John | Wood, Thomas
    Digital Images of Wills 1803 to 1811
    Testators: Baber, William | Bruce, Richard | Callaway, James | Creesey, Thomas | Dolard, Reuben | Donald, Lucy Ann | Ewing, William | Gadde, Shearwood | Harkins, Francis | Hatcher, Jeremiah | Johnson, David | Keen, Michael | Keshmon, Martin | Meeks, Atkinson | Nelms, Presley | Preston, Mary | Scruggs, Thomas | Tate, Jesse | Wildman, William |Wright, John
    Wills
    • Wills (abstracts) 1763 to 1775
    Marriages
    • Bedford County Marriage Bonds
    Miscellaneous
    • Gilbert, Samuel, LWT (1776) (digital image)


    Digital Images of Wills, Genealogies, Marriages, Bible Records


    Need more time to sort things out? A good deal for genealogists needing to read old Virginia Wills and other helpful family data. 6 months subscription to Virginia Pioneers for $54.00. Subscribe to Virginia Pioneers.net and view wills and other documents online

    To join this blog, add your email below
    Enter your email address:


    Delivered by FeedBurner



    Do the Magic Centipede


    click here for video
    Become a member of the Pioneer Families Community, and enjoy the benefits of a network of genealogy experts: including access to all eight websites, books written by renowned Georgia genealogist Jeannette Holland Austin, and personal help with your research for any family in GA, NC, SC, or VA. A full year of membership with all these benefits for less than $13 a month, compared with up to $45 a month at ancestry.com
    1. GeorgiaPioneers.com
    2. KentuckyPioneers.com
    3. NorthCarolinaPioneers.com
    4. SouthCarolinaPioneers.net
    5. VirginiaPioneers.net
    6. Genealogy-Books.com
    7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
    8. SoutheasternGenealogy.com (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
    SAVE MONEY! Click on Annual Membership button - $150.00 for one year.

    Subscribe

    Genealogists Learn Good-Thinking Habits

    Doubtless you have heard that we do not use 1/10th of our brain. Then there are opinions about how to enhance memory functions and to prevent some of the old-age functions of senility.  But I have to tell you that tracing my families has really helped my memory. It takes real focus to get into genealogy and there is a driving-force which leads us on in this sort of detective work.  I find myself waking up in the middle of the night asking myself "Where was John Smith in 1850?"  That sort of question is a probe into the inner-sanctum of thoughts. Thoughts which must be satisfied with answers before the brain can catalog the information. That is what causes us to pursue the answer so diligently.  Whether we realize it or not, genealogy is an excellent brain-enhancement tool. The end result is so splendid.  For one thing, it is really handy to recall names and dates during the research process.  Another exercise into the memory is feeding it data.  During the probing through countless resources (every record that we can think of), researchers learn history which is not taught in text books.  The history which is gleaned is the glue to the real guts of family genealogies and produces an awareness of some of the trials and life-decisions which our ancestors suffered as they played their part in historical events.  The result is that we appreciate them more.  For these reasons, it is really important to sit down and read the old documents, such as wills and estates, which were written by our ancestors.  Their words open our minds to a fascinating glimpse of the characters and their times. Sure, you can read history books, about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  But what was happening with your families during that era?  The records have answers.  Wills, Estates, Deeds, Tax Digests, pensions, etc. reveal the names of neighbors and friends also involved in events.  The actual images Old Wills and Estates written in the Clerk of the County Courts for the State of Virginia are available on Virginia Pioneers

    Need more time to sort things out? A good deal for genealogists needing to read old Virginia Wills and other helpful family data. 6 months subscription to Virginia Pioneers for $54.00. Subscribe to Virginia Pioneers.net and view wills and other documents online

    To join this blog, add your email below
    Enter your email address:


    Delivered by FeedBurner



    Do the Magic Centipede


    click here for video
    Become a member of the Pioneer Families Community, and enjoy the benefits of a network of genealogy experts: including access to all eight websites, books written by renowned Georgia genealogist Jeannette Holland Austin, and personal help with your research for any family in GA, NC, SC, or VA. A full year of membership with all these benefits for less than $13 a month, compared with up to $45 a month at ancestry.com
    1. GeorgiaPioneers.com
    2. KentuckyPioneers.com
    3. NorthCarolinaPioneers.com
    4. SouthCarolinaPioneers.net
    5. VirginiaPioneers.net
    6. Genealogy-Books.com
    7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
    8. SoutheasternGenealogy.com (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)
    SAVE MONEY! Click on Annual Membership button - $150.00 for one year.

    Subscribe