From the earliest of times, there was always a reporter for the newspaper. The contents of the old newspapers were varied, with the front page containing international and national news, followed by pages of disasters, obituaries, marriages , farm news and the weather. But the Local Column offers the creme de' la creme for genealogists. It mentions friends and relatives visiting the area, birthdays, marriages and other special family events. This is where one learns that uncle Herbert came visit from Chicago, and that aunt Sally left to visit her mother in Louisville. Also, that Aunt Mae was one hundred years of age today!
Fort Alert near Folkston, Georgia
Fort Alert was built during the 18th century and defended by to protect settlers during the Indian Wars. It is referred to as Trader's Hill and was situated on the St. Marys River. Later on it became Charlton County.
If I had it my way, the Internet would be all Genealogy!
There are two facets to genealogical research: visiting relatives, cemeteries, etc. and the Internet. One might think that becoming a member of a single genealogy website is quite adequate so far as the purse is concerned, yet this is an unreasonable approach to actually finding ancestors. There is still much work to be done on foot in the countryside, local libraries and archives. However, since the Internet is a convenience, the inclination is to accept what other people have posted in their family tree and to trace from there, but compounding the mistakes of someone else is not the solution and tends to confuse us more.
Furthermore, because the Internet is yet incomplete with its genealogical data, we should not allow our purse to pretend that only one site has all the necessary data. Instead, we should welcome new genealogy websites as they come to the Internet because they deliver the hope of new discoveries! More is better!