Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Will you Allow AI to Construct your Genealogy?


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Imagine yourself instructing your computer to assemble a pedigree chart based on the information you provide. As AI draws upon information across thousands of genealogy platforms and assembles the data, would you trust the results?  If IT had access to all of the world's genealogy records, it would probably deliver a fairly accurate genealogy.  The brick walls and suppositions in our work would be analyzed from a mathematical standpoint. Let us face the fact that math is a true science.  I can imagine that when AT hit the brick walls, that he would provide us with a logical choice of the data. Our decision, then, would culminate from the mathematical prowness of a computer. But what about the tidbits of data stored inside our own brain, a sort of family knowledge?  Aunt May always said that our family came to America from Germany, for one example.  There are countless others couched inside of our own brain, not that of IT.

The fastest computer in the world uses about 40,000 processors with 260 cores each. That is more than 10 million processing cores running in parallel. Although each of these cores has less power than the intel processor on your desktop, the entire machine delivers about the same power as the human brain. Interesting. Nevertheless, that does not mean that AI is ready for big things such as robot control. Far from it.  This massively parallel architecture still presents enormous programming challenges in all of the processes powered together. The growth of the IT industry demands the use of custom microchips, more parallelism, more sophistocated software, and even the possibility of entirely new ways of doing computing.  for more articles, Join the Genealogy History Blog




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Monday, March 12, 2018

Images of Surry County Wills and Estates from 1652 to 1844. See Names. #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

Surry County Probate Records

Images of Wills and Estates dating from 1652 to 1844. To view the names please go to Surry County Genealogy Records

Virginia Map

In 1652, Surry County was formed from a portion of James City County in the Royal Colony of Virginia south of the James River. In 1676, a local Jacobean brick house was occupied as a fort or castle during Bacon's famous Rebellion against the Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley.

Tithables 

Note: All males 16 years and over had to declare themselves annually and the number of males which they brought into the colony (mostly white indentured, but some African-American). 

1652-16721671-1684167916801681168216831684
16851686168716881689169016911694
1695169616971699170017011702

Indexes to Wills and Deeds
  • Wills and Deeds 1652 to 1672
  • Wills and Deeds 1671 to 1684
  • Wills and Deeds 1684 to 1687
  • Wills and Deeds 1687 to 1694
  • Wills and Deeds 1694 to 1709
  • Wills and Deeds 1709 to 1715
  • Deeds 1741 to 1746
  • Deeds 1746 to 1749
Maps
  • Old Map
Marriage Records
  • Marriages to 1699
  • Marriage Index 1768 to 1853
  • Marriage Register 1768 to 1853
  • Marriages 1772 to 1825
Miscellaneous
  • 1704 Quit Rent Rolls

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Historical Beginning of William and Mary College #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Dr. James Blair and William and Mary College

William and MaryA Scotch ecclesiastic by the name of Dr. James Blair, Commissioner of the Established Church and member of the Council whose dream it was to erect a college raised a fairly large sum in promised subscriptions before sailing to England where he collected more. Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester, helped him in this endeavor. Also, the King and Queen inclined a favorable ear, and, though he met with opposition in certain quarters, Blair at last obtained a Charter for the erection of a college in Virginia which would be sustained by taxation. Thus, he sailed to Virginia with the charter in hand and a plan to construct "a seminary of ministers of the gospel where youths may be piously educated in good letters and manners; a certain place of universal study, or perpetual college of divinity, philosophy, languages and other good arts and sciences." Virginians were anxious to educate their sons, therefore, the Assembly of Virginia, for the benefit of the college, taxed raw and tanned hides, dressed buckskin, skins of doe and elk, muskrat and raccoon. The construction of the new seat of learning was begun at Williamsburg. When it was completed and opened to students, it was named William and Mary College. Its name and record shine fair in old Virginia. Colonial worthies in goodly number were educated at William and Mary, as were later revolutionary soldiers and statesmen, and men of name and fame in the United States. Three American Presidents, viz: Jefferson, Monroe, and Tyler were trained there, as well as Marshall, the Chief Justice, four signers of the Declaration of Independence, and many another man of mark. In the year 1704, just over a decade since Dr. Blair had obtained the charter for his College, the erratic and able Governor of Virginia, Francis Nicholson, was recalled. For all that he was a wild talker, he had on the whole done well for Virginia. He was, as far as is known, the first person actually to propose a federation or union of all those English-speaking political divisions, royal provinces, dominions, palatinates, or what not, that had been hewed away from the vast original Virginia. He did what he could to forward the movement for education and the fortunes of the William and Mary College. But he is quoted as having on one occasion informed the body of the people that "the gentlemen imposed upon them." Again, he is said to have remarked of the servant population that they had all been kidnapped and had a lawful action against their masters. "Sir," he stated to President Blair, who would have given him advice from the Bishop of London, "Sir, I know how to govern Virginia and Maryland better than all the bishops in England! If I had not hampered them in Maryland and kept them under, I should never have been able to govern them!" To which Blair had to say, "Sir, if I know anything of Virginia, they are a good-natured, tractable people as any in the world, and you may do anything with them by way of civility, but you will never be able to manage them in that way you speak of, by hampering and keeping them under!" *

* William and Mary College Quarterly, vol. I, p. 66. 

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Monday, February 26, 2018

About the French and Indian War #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet

About the French and Indian War 

Indian AttacksDuring the years that Cromwell and his party were in power in England and after Charles II was restored to the English throne, the colonists cleared the forests, planted fields, traded with the Indians and established their homes in the wilderness of the New World. And the migration continued with settlers in Pennsylvania and Virginia pushing further westward into the valley of Ohio, while the English settlers in New York made their way through the forest towards the Great Lake. However, more than seventy years before Jamestown was settled, a French explorer by the name of Cartier entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence, sailed up the river of the same name, and and took taken possession of the wilderness country in the name of France; afterwards known as the great French stronghold in America. Then, in 1608, a Frenchman by the name of Champlain sailed up the beautiful river St. Lawrence, and was so charmed with the scenery of the country that he began to plant a colony on the site of what is now Quebec. The settlement soon became a city and the capital of the French possessions in America. The French were also the first explorers of the vast interior regions of our country. Their fur traders and trappers kept on good terms with the Indians, and slowly pushed along the shores of the Great Lakes until they had established a chain of trading-posts from the St. Lawrence to Lake Superior. About the time of King Philip's War in New England Father Marquette discovered the upper Mississippi, and floated down this great river nearly as far as the mouth of the Arkansas. However, it was the brave French explorers and fur-trader by the name of La Salle who gave France the right to claim as her own the vast domain of the Mississippi valley. When these sons of the forest found the English encroaching upon their lands and hunting grounds, they resented it. Meanwhile, another concern, the Indian tribes had steadily diminished, and they were unable to cope single-handed with the English. Hence they naturally looked to the French for help, and the French readily induced the Indians to join them against the English and their American descendants. It was a fierce struggle. English and American blood flowed like water before it was ended. The Indians never fought in open field, but always after their own fashion. They trusted to sudden attacks, especially at night, and to rapid raids, doing their savage work suddenly and retreating swiftly into the forest. Lonely families and small settlements suffered most. Like lightning out of the clear sky came the horror of an Indian night attack. The war-whoop waked the midnight sleepers and the glare of burning cabins lighted up the darkness. The massacre of defenseless women and children crimsoned the earth in scores of settlements during these cruel wars. Source: The Story of American History for Elementary Schools by Albert F. Blaisdell (1902). Roanoke Co. VA Genealogy Records

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen of More Glamorous Times #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Ladies and Gentlemen of More Glamorous Times

colonial dressGentlemen, such as those in Williamsburg, when properly dressed, wore three-cornered cocked hats, long velvet coats, embroidered silk waistcoats with flaps weighted with lead, breeches coming only to the knees, long silk stockings, and pointed shoes adorned with large silver buckles. Stately men wore their hair powdered, a long queue hanging down the back, where it was tied with a black ribbon. The clothing was often enriched with gold and silver lace, and glittering buttons. A mass of lace ruffles adorned the wrists and flowed over the hands. The street cloak glistened with gold lace, while a gold-headed cane and a gold snuff-box confirmed the wearer's title to rank as a gentleman. Ladies of wealth wore rich heavy silk over stiff hoops, and towering hats adorned with tall feathers, with hair massed and powdered as if with snowflakes. When she slept at night, in order to preserve a hairstyle which had taken hours to implement, her neck slept on a wooden bolster. The fashions of high life were very exacting and precise for those who resided in fine city homes with heavy, rich furniture imported from England, the massive silver plate of the tables, and the choice wines. The forms of address, too, showed the social rank. The terms "lady" and "gentleman" were applied only to persons of recognized standing. Genealogists note such distinctions in colonial deed records, or the term "esquire".; The title of "Mr." was conferred only upon ministers and the officers of the law, and upon their sons if college bred. An examination of old colonial graveyards denotes the wife title as "consort", which means that her husband was prominent in society. Plantation owners out in the country dressed less formally, but always wore a peruke wig, except in the early morning when he went out with his overseer to review the workload, he wore a turbin.  Buckington Co. VA Wills and Estates

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Monday, February 12, 2018

"Bean porridge hot, bean porridge cold...." #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy


"Bean porridge hot, bean porridge cold; bean porridge in the pot; nine days old." 

firesideIn old colonial times loaves of bread were made of mixed Indian meal and rye, not unlike the brown bread of our time. Baked pumpkin with milk was a favorite dish. Bean porridge was always a common article of food, which was made by boiling beans with the liquor in which corned beef had been cooked. It was very convenient for wood-choppers in winter to carry a frozen piece of porridge in their pockets and thaw it out for dinner in the woods. The longer it was kept, the better it tasted. Hence the common rhyme, "Bean porridge hot, bean porridge cold; bean porridge in the pot; nine days old." The cupboard or dresser had pewter plates, platters, and porringers. Square wooden plates were often used; but with some poorer families there was one common dish used, from which the whole family helped themselves with their fingers. The use of forks was unknown. Instead, thick and pewter spoons were used as eating utensils. These were easily broken, and they often had to be melted and formed again into moulds by men who traveled from house to house for this purpose. In fact shoemakers, tailors, dressmakers, butchers, and other highly useful artisans traveled about from one family to another in pursuit of work.  Brunswick Co. VA Wills & Estates; Histories

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Pittsylvania Co. VA Genealogy Records #virginiagenealogy

Pittsylvania County Genealogy, Wills, Estates



Berryhill Plantation

Pittsylania County was formed in 1767 from Halifax County, Virginia. It was named after William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1755 to 1768. In 1777 the western part of Pittsylvania County was divided and became Henry County. 

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Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1809 to 1853
  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1854 to 1865 (Circuit Court)
Digital Images of Wills 1854 to 1865
  • Banks, Will B.
  • Graves, James
  • Green, Nathaniel
  • Harper, George
  • Holland, Stephen
  • Nelson, Lucy Mann
  • Newton, William
  • Parker, George
  • Price, Hutchings B. estate
  • Price, Hutchings B. (will)
  • Prad, Samuel A.
  • Robertson, Samuel
  • Stone, James H.
Digital Images of Wills 1809 to 1853
  • Adams, James
  • Adkins, William
  • Boaz, Shadrack
  • Buford, William
  • Clark, William
  • Clay, Joseph
  • Doody, Thomas
  • Fitzgerald, Thomas
  • Guy, Samuel
  • Hagood, William R.
  • Henry, Charles S.
  • Henry, Samuel H.
  • Price, Cuthbert
  • Silly, William A.
  • Waddell, Charles
  • Wells, Matthew
  • Woodson, Murry
Miscellaneous
  • List of Militia Officers

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Botetourt Co. VA Genealogy Records #virginiapioneersnet

Botetourt County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Military Records

Botetourt County Court House

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

Maps
  • Old Map of Botetourt County
  • Wood Map of Botetourt County
Marriages
  • Marriages 1770-1803
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills, Deeds, Estates 1824 to 1829
  • General Index to Deeds 1770 to 1889
Miscellaneous Wills
  • McCoy, James, LWT (transcript)
  • McCoy, John, LWT (transcript)
  • Wallace, John, LWT (transcript)
Marriages
  • Index to Marriages 1770 to 1853
Military
  • First SUrveys 1770 to 1772
  • List of Volunteers of 1744 from Botetourt County in Dunmore's War
  • Veterans of War of 1812 published in Fincastle Herald 1 Oct 1899
  • Some Revolutionary War Records
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 

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Dinwiddie Co. VA Genealogy Records #virginiapioneersnet

Dinwiddie County Genealogy, Wills, Estates


Petersburg, VirginiaDinwiddie County was formed May 1, 1752 from Prince George County, Virginia and is named after Robert Dinwiddie, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1751 to 1758. Revolutionary War battles were fought in and around Petersburg. 

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Digital Images of Dinwiddie County Wills 1758-1799
---Fragments of the only surviving wills---
Testators: Brewer, John;Brown, Noah;Cardwell, Jane; Davis, Edward;Jackson, Joseph;Poythress, Francis;Poythress, Mary;Poythress, Mary (2);Ravenscroft, Robert;Skipwith, Tulwar; Williams, Rachel;Wills, Amey
Digital Images of Dinwiddie Wills 1801-1869
---Surviving records---
Testators: Allgood, John;Bass, Elizabeth;Coleman, Robert;Cryers, Elizabeth; Coupland, Mary;Crowder, Nelson;Grant, John;Hardaway, Frances; Hargrove, J. E.;Ledbetter, Suzanne;Lewis, William;Meriwether, Francis;Perkins, Elizabeth;Perkins, Lewis;Pool, Mary;Poythress, P. H.;Reese, William;Scott, Rebecca;Stewart, Thomas;Stewart, Thomas(2);Thomas, Anna;Valentine, Howard;Vaughan, Philip;Wells,William;Wills, Martha
Miscellaneous
  • 1752 Dinwiddie Militia
  • Unrecorded Wills
  • Cardwell, Jane, LWT (extract of lost records)
  • Davis, Edward, LWT (extract of lost records)
  • Eppes, Francis, LWT (extract of burned records)
  • Grant, John, LWT (extract of burned records)
  • Hudson, William, LWT (extract of burned records)
  • Jackson, Joseph, LWT (extract of lost records)
  • Muir, Anne Downman, LWT, transcript
  • Skipwith, Fulmer, LWT (extract of lost records)

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