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County Records to Find your Ancestors

After researching census records, the local county records where the ancestor resided is the next step! Probate records, such as wills, estates, marriages are important. The Superior Court records, such as deeds and tax digests should be thoroughly reviewed.

Chattooga County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Online Images of Wills 1856 to 1880

Testators: Baker, Edmund;Baker, John;Bass, Persons;Bolling, Silas;Bowman, Joel;Close, Gideon;Cochran, Thomas;Coleman, William; Drew, Samuel;Edwards, Mary;Elgood, DeForrest;Erwin, Alexander;Farnsworth, John;Finley, Samuel;Force, Samuel;Foster, Ransom; Gennings, Susannah;Harris, James;Harp, Seaborn;Hemphill, David;Hill, William;Hinton, Wyly;Holt, Alfred;Hood, John;Horn, John;Hosch, J.; Howell, Thomas;Howell, William;Jennings, Elizabeth;Johnson, George; Johnston, John;Jones, John;Kendrick, Thomas;Knowles, Charles;Latimer, George;Lawrence, Martin;Lawrence, Thomas;Loden, Thomas;Meyers, William; Morton, John;Morton, John W.;Moseley, Samuel;Murdock, John;Neal, Adam; Parsley, James;Parsley, James (2);Penn, John;Powell, Thomas;Powell, William;Rhinehart, Powell;Robinson, Joseph;Rounsaville, Gracy;Rudisil, Philip;Scott, James;Scruggs, Thomas;Taylor, Jonathan;Thomas, James; Wood, Wiley;Wright, Henry; Wright, Robert.


  • Marriages 1839 to 1860 (images)
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Wills 1856 to 1924
  • Inventories and Appraisements 1867 to 1868
  • Estates, Book E, 1853 to 1874
  • Estates, Book F, 1874 to 1879
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Appraisements, Vouchers, Book B, 1851 to 1855
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Appraisements, Vouchers, Book B, 1851 to 1855
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Appraisements, Vouchers, Book C, 1855 to 1859

Military Records

  • Confederate Rosters (includes 1898 citizens)
  • Service Records of World War I


  • Bastard Records 1897 to 1912

Vital Records

  • Deaths 1875-1876

Recycling during the 1940s

old bottlesDuring World War II, sugar and other commodities were rationed. The family had its ration book, and shopped accordingly. Air raid wardens frequented the eighborhood, reminding people to douse the lights. Nothing was wasted. My grandmother stuffed pillors with cotton balls she'd saved from medicine bottles. Older women seemed to have a wad of hair in the closet saved from their girl hood days when people sold their hair for wigs. Remembering that, my grandmother considered it a possible source of emergency funds. One could sell their hair, if need be. There was only one closet in each room, and cedar chests stored the linens. Instead, built-in pantries were the fashion of the day. Because there was war going on and food was rationed, we were reminded "eat everything on your plate. "Remember the hungry children in China!" Yep, those children in China set the tone to be thrifty and not wasteful. All clothing in our family was passed down, with collars being turned over and sewn on backwards. My father's white shirts were preserved for further wear by the turning of collars and cuffs. And, they were properly starched and ironed. My grandmother worked half the day washing, starching and pressiing with an iron warmed on a wood stove. There are people today who think that people need to be taught to conserve. However, they only need to glimpse into yesterday by 70 or 80 years to realize that it is their generation which does not understand conservation. My school days consisted of collecting coat hangers to take to the dry cleaners where the pay was one cent per coat hanger. Also, we collected and returned all cola-type bottles to be credited one penny on each bottle. Yes, most people lived poorly and everything was recycled.

Little Children Love and Need Story-Telling

medieval war Children love stories, especially about their own relatives. Have you ever noticed that upon learning that "grandpa" did or said something, ears perk up? So where do we acquire the wonderful stories of the past? If you have traced your family lineage to any extent at all, you have parcels of them! Well, you say, but how? There are stories everywhere that you visit, even in cemeteries. Is it interesting to you to realize that several members of your own family died within days or weeks of one another? What is the story on that? Was it caused by measles or whopping cough running rampart in the region? The old newspapers contains tidbits of information about local people. Here is a thought. I have an ancestor who fought in the wars with France under King Edward I of England. He was only about 30 years of age when he died, having married quite young and had six children. His bravery and valor is noted in the fact that he was a member of the Royal Garter. However, history tells another story of the 13th and 14th centuries, one of wars and plagues which wiped out a third of Europe. Did my ancestor die in battle, or from the plague? Interestingly, although many soldiers died of the plague, the battles continued. This is the type of story for which the children can chose the ending! Not only that, but they will ask questions about the circumstance of that awsome disease and war during those centuries; an opportunity to teach some good old fashioned European history. The sort of stuff they will not learn in schools. What it does is to explain the past lives of real people who suffered through an age wrought with the disease and war and how they dealt with ignorance and hardship. The past offers so many great lessons which remind us of who we are (our own blood-line). For after all, we are the heirs of history.

Names of Families in Chattooga County Records - Images of Wills, Estates, Marriages

Chattooga County Chattooga County was formed in 1838 from Floyd and Walker Counties. Earliest Settlers: Dr. Forest Allgood, M. J. Barksdale, Persons Bass, Thomas Cochran, William Davis, Alexander Erwin, Elisha Garner, John Johnston, Martin Lawrence, William Moyer, Mathew Owings, George Ponder, James Scott, and John Wyatt.

Images Help Genealogists Read Records Online

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

microfilm Did you know that it is far easier to read images of all documents on your computer than from microfilm? This is because the microfilm reader is using its limited technological capacity. Many of these old readers have seen their day! However, when a record is digitized for the computer, all of the latest imaging software is operative. For example, Adobe has improved over the years. The reader may now zoom in or out by using the plus or minor signs at the bottom of the screen. So much better than the old days of using a magnifying glass. Even faded and aged images are better interpreted on the computer. The Georgia State Archives where you can read old county documents yet remains open to the public only two days per week. A very stressed situation, I must say. But good news! Georgia Pioneers has digitized hundreds of thousands of the old wills and they are available here -- Index to Georgia Counties