One of the biggest assets to researching records in the State of Virginia is that, although General Sherman destroyed records during the War Between the States, there are yet many records to be discovered? Where? Why, so much information about family members is discovered in the old last wills and testaments, that it is well worth it to read all those (wills) you can find for your families. There is more than one way to skin a cat! An old will is almost like finding a diary or journal. It is replete with daily struggles and journeys. You see it in the economy which they were building by reading the inventories, appraisements, receipts, annual returns and estate sales. If no will or estate was found, search the newspapers for executor and administrator sales (of the plantations). The early colonists simply did not live out their lives and leave nothing behind. They were building America! Think of the plantation or farm like everyone had a drugstore and had to keep business journals. When they died, all of that work did not simply evaporate. One can read in the traditional history books about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but where did the author learn about them? Why, in court house records, from the estates which they left behind. It is the story of their life. Many of us have prominent ancestors, and simply do not know it because we have not done the homework. Come on over to Virginia Pioneers and read all of the Wills for the surnames which you are researching.
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
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|
|SAVE MONEY! Click on Annual Membership button - $150.00 for one year.|