Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Road to Answers

The Road to Answers
Virginia Pioneers

The road to discovering answers about our ancestors is long and winding. It is a journey which requires years upon years of TIME and PATIENCE. It seems as though relatives are disinterested or cannot remember names or events. And the records requires hours upon hours to locate and study. Even if we find abstracted records, such as deeds, wills, estates and even marriages, to gain the full picture demands locating the record and reading it for oneself. All the names surrounding our families must be examined, remembered and researched separately before a picture begans to appear on the page. One sniffs it out, acquires a sense for that which applies to his ancestors and their times. The genealogist completes family group sheets and pedigrees with names and dates, yet still does not have the full story. For the story of the past includes the history and economy of the times, and the part which members of the community played. When we have those answers, we begin to know our kin andunderstand them. Also, given the duplication of names, it is important to make certain that we are dealing in the proper time frame. 33 1/3 years comprises one generation. In past eras, marriages occurred between 16 and 20 years of age. Death claimed many women during childbirth, so there were second and third marriages. For example, Jamestown had an over abundence of men! The reason is that life was tough and there was a low survival rate. It was not unusual for the early settlers to return to England a number of times to find wives. The Indian massacre of 1622/3 wiped out families. It is a good idea to consider that a woman in her fifties was not bearing children. Researching census records is important, but cannot help you too much before 1850. Thus, everything needs to be double-checked with the county records. Deeds, Marriages, Wills, Estates, Civil Court and Inferior Court Records, Pensions (yes, there pensions of soldiers and their widows at court houses), Tax Digests. The search at the court house is tedious, but oh so important to piecing together information.
Anytime that the researcher can save themselves a drive in the automobile to the court house or archives and expend hours of research time by locating and paying for a service online which is a probable source of locating the information, it is a good idea to save themselves this costly adventure. It is true that the internet helps genealogists, however, the task is still daunting. Sometimes, I simply have to pause, sit down and study the recent research findings, then think it out. The ancestors took this road for good reason.

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