By Jeannette Holland Austin
Most States did not require the marriage license to be filed at the court house until after 1900. This is unfortunate, as so many ministers were lax in this respect anyhow. Occasionally one sees where a minister published his ceremonies, but this is rare. This means that the genealogist must dig deeper. One source is neighboring church records who maintained church rolls, viz., baptisms, marriages, deaths and other church affairs. Are the membership minutes or rolls on microfilm somewhere? The State Library or Archives is a good beginning because they receive donated materials. If it is not on microfilm, it may be in a folder-type collection. Then, a visit to the site of the old homeplace is indicated to snoop around and determine who is buried in community graveyards. If some family members are buried there and the church building still stands, there is a good chance that a local person has possession of the old church records. The quest is to interview locals. Should it be found, please photocopy it and donate the work to the State Library or Archives. Also, marriages are discovered in old newspapers. This task is monumental, because marriages and deaths are published throughout the pages. Finally, Marriage Contracts are generally published in county deed books. Such documents were prepared to protect the properties and estates of the widow when she remarried. Therefore, should you discover one, continue to read the deeds for further information about her property when the second husband died. The old wills, estates, inventories, receipts, sales, etc. are also resources because husbands inherited in behalf of their wives and gave receipts and vouchers. Annual Returns must be following until the estate is closed, because these returns are pay outs of debts and inheritances. Look for unfamiliar names receiving equal or near equal amounts of the division.
Greene County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Bonds, Deeds
Greene County was established in 1838 from Orange County. The county is named for American Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.
Greene County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds
- Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds 1838 to 1860
- Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds 1860 to 1925
- Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds in Circuit Court 1842 to 1902
Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds in the Circuit Court 1842 to 1891
- 1838 to 1860
- 1860 to 1925
Testators: Beazley, James | Beazley, John S. | Blakely, Angus | Blakey, Virginia | Bonds | Bradford, Patrick | Carpenter, P. M. | Cox, Joab | Davis, Darby | Dulaney, John | Dulaney, William | Finks, Oliver | Garth, Jesse | Gibson, James | Gilbert, Joseph | Jarrell, John | Lee, John C. | McMullan, James | McMullan, John | McMullan, William | Rawls, Ann | Rumble, William | Shotwell, Jeremiah | Sims, Hiram | Smith, Gasper | Walker, James | Walker, Josey | Walker, Joyce | White, William
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