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Answers to our Genealogy Lie in the Wait

Immigrants boarding ships As genealogists, we quickly gather names, dates and places. But do we really understand the personal struggles of our ancestors during their presence upon the earth? For one, past generations were swamped with problems of immigration and the voyage to America. They all came for various reasons. Learning these reasons is an excellent beginning for the genealogist as it provides some interesting clues. Do we not ever-watch and observe our contemporaries to learn their route to wealth and happiness? How much more rewarding is it, then, when we learn of the history and struggles of our very own families? Sometimes we are overwhelmed. Yet never should we forget that our ancestors walked the long rutted road before us. The knowledge of how so great a task of immigrating and fighting in the War for Independence was accomplished is invaluable. It opens up a vast arena of history never before published, and unfolds like an ornate fan as new names are added.

Fort Oglethorpe

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia The 6th Cavalry occupied Fort Oglethorpe during World War I and it was the home of some 4,000 German Prisoners of War. It served as an induction and processing center during World War I and II Also it was a training center for the Women's Army Corps during World War II. Fort Hollingsworth Ft. Defiance and Camp Hope on the Georgia Frontier

The General Locomotive Chase Monument

Locomotive Chase Monument The Andrews Raid of April 12, 1862 delivered the first Union soldiers into north Georgia and led to an exciting locomotive chase which lasted seven hours and included about two dozen men. It actually began during the spring of 1862 as the Northern forces advanced on Huntsville, Alabama, heading for Chattanooga, Tennessee when a civilian spy by the name of James J. Andrews led a Union raiding party behind Confederate lines to Atlanta. The force stole a locomotive and racing northward, destroyed track, telegraphy lines and bridges toward Chattanooga, Tennessee. The exciting event become known as the Andrews Raid. They intended to knock out the Western and Atlantic Railroad which supplied Confederate forces at Chattanooga. The twenty-two volunteers were taken from three Ohio infantry regiments and wore plain clothes as they slipped through the lines to Chattanooga and entrained to Marietta. Two of the men overslept on the morning of April 12th as the Andrews party boarded the northbound train and traveled eight miles to Big Shanty (Kennesaw). While crew and passengers ate breakfast, the raiders uncoupled most of the cars. At about 6 a.m. they steamed out of Big Shanty aboard the locomotive General, a tender, and three empty boxcars. Three railroad men noted the action and began their pursuit, eventually overtaking a platform car. Meanwhile, the Andrews raiders steamed out of the Big Shanty depot aboard the locomotive the General. For the next seven hours and 88 miles, Anthony Murphy and William Fuller persisted in their chase, first suspecting the train thieves to be Confederate deserters. Andrew's men cut the telegraph lines and pried up rails. Murphy and Fuller switched locomotives and picked up more men to keep up the chase. When the train theirves reached the Oostanaula River near Resac, that attempted to burn the bridge, but the pursuers were too close behind and could only take on only a little water and wood. At about 1 p.m. it ran out of steam two miles north of Ringgold, as the Southerners aboard the Texas, caught up. All of the raiders were rounded up, but only eight (Andrews included) were tried as spies and executed in Atlanta. The rest either escaped or were exchanged. Nonetheless, the Union train thieves in the Andrews Raid were hailed in the North as heroes, receiving the Medal of Honor. Today, a monument marks the site of the final stop of the Locomotive Chase, approximately one mile north of the Ringgold Depot on the former Western and Atlantic Rail Line.
Graysville, Georgia

Where are the Old Genealogy Records?

Pictured is the Cobb County Library, Georgian Room in Marietta. While the web is still emerging as a great source for finding the ancestors, libraries contain a wealth of data. As certain genealogical societies and regional libraries become inter-active over the Internet, one cannot help but wonder, "do we have it all?" Let us reflect for a moment and remember that for generations societies have kept records of their ancestors, while but a small portion of the data was published. If we begin about 1900 when it was fashionable to become a member of the DAR, its members went out and sought local information such as bible records and cemeteries. Also, while some books were published by individuals, for the most part, records went unindexed. Particularly, census records. The best bet for locating the fruit of this work is to visit local libraries and state archives.

Remember the Day?

  • When no one locked their doors?
  • We sat on the front porch counting different makes of cars? In those days models like the Cadillac coupe de ville were more glamorous.
  • Everyone had a front porch and we were invited to sip lemonade and chit chat?
  • When we acquainted ourselves with neighbors by walking the streets?
  • Saturday morning cartoons and newsreels?
  • Driveways were too narrow for anything but the Model-Ts?
  • Streets were made of cobblestone and bricks?
  • Trolleys and street car lines were draped across overhead power lines?
  • We dressed in front of coal furnaces?
  • Winter sleeping meant a stack of quilts?
  • It was too hot to sleep in summers?
  • You punched a button to turn on a single overhead light bulb?
  • Turning out lights after leaving a room to conserve electricity?
  • Going down in the basement and hauling coal upstairs in a skuttle?

Catoosa County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Ringgold, Georgia

Catoosa County Genealogy Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Indexes of Probate Records

  • Index to Will Bk 1874 to 1961

Online Images of Wills 1874 to 1880

Testators: Alexander, Sophronia; Anderson, David; Anderson, Nathan; Anderson, Rachel; Bolton, Peter; Bothar, Daniel; Brotherton, Obedience; Camp, Wilburn; Colhouse, Alexander; Farmer, Samuel; Fowler, Adolphos; Fowler, Edward; Gray, William; McClure, George; Payne, Thomas; Yates, Presly


  • Marriage Index 1858-1887
Map of Catoosa County

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