Dig up your Roots and See What is ThereDigging up your roots is a lifetime job of your local family genealogist. And digging means researching tons of records. There never seems to be enough information. Census records only go back to 1790 and then contain limited data. Anyone who has researched before 1850 realizes that a real digging is indicated. That brings us to the next stop: the county court house where relatives and ancestors resided. Every smidget of information must be researched, from marriages, to deeds, to estates and old wills. You need to find the location of the home place (in the deeds) and search for graves. Also, to learn where that person came from originally. Also found in county records. This is field work, tedious and time-consuming. That brings us to what information is available on the internet. Except for the websites listed below who is digitizing old wills and estates, do not expect to find county records. But not all genealogy websites survive. These have been around since 2003, growing, building, working to make research easier. Why not give it a try?
Clay County Wills, Estates, MarriagesClay County was formed 1854 from Early and Randolph Counties. County History: Clay County was created from portions of Early and Randolph counties It was named for Secretary of State, and U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky. Clay, who died in June 1852. The county seat is Ft. Gaines, Georgia, and it the court house building was constructed around 1871 or 1872. The earliest settlers were: William Ford, David Runnels, Joseph McMichael, John Davis, WIlliam M. Pratt, Cullen Alexander, and John H. Jones.
Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Will Book A, 1852 to 1922.
- Index to Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, Book A, 1859 to 1873.
- Index to Clay County Annual Returns, 1875 to 1902.
- Marriages 1842 to 1892.
- Index 1871 to 1877.
- Index 1877 to 1888.
Online Images of Wills (1852 to 1870)Testators: Bennett, James;Boyt, Leroy;Chambers, James;Davis, Esau;Davis, John; Dill, Elizabeth;Ford, William;Gray, Joshua; Harrison, Henry;Henderson, Mary;Holmes, James;Holmes, Richard;Hudwell, Robert;Ingram, James;Jones, John;McMichael, Joseph; Morris, John;Naramore, Sylvester;Pratt, William; Suttini, John;Thompson, Susan;Toney, William;Towson, Thomas;Wakefield, Orren
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Remember the Day?Remember...
- 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?