Census Records vs. Court House RecordsGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
The census, taken every 10 years since 1790, is helpful to genealogists. However, until 1850, one does not get a complete list of the members of the family and their ages. That means that one must dig into records which go back further in time. This is done at the court house where the ancestors resided. And, because families moved about, and counties split boundaries, one must also search adjoining counties. Surprisingly, people were always moving on, in search for fertile lands. Simply being aware of the events of that era, such as wars, Indian removals, land grants, etc., helps the genealogists find the trail. There are many disappointments in the census. That is because the one who gathered the information used his own spelling and version of things. Thus, the census serves as more of a guideline to actual documents retained at the court house, signed and witnessed.
Have we Destroyed 300 Years of American History?Given that progress has taken down so much of our history, is there anything left for us to see, even after only 300 years in this country? As genealogists travel through old towns and villages searching for the past, it is obvious that the old folks are gone and the tales are forgotten. Traditionally, each town had its historian, someone who remembered. And this is where one could hear of local events and families never preserved in history books! Fortunately, old newspapers assist, especially when they contain local columns which detail some events such as who visited whom this week. Typically, the first page of old Georgia newspapers contain foreign and national news, followed by pages of more of same until finally the local column pops up and provides tidbits of family adventures. In modern times, this column is named the "social page." Occasionally, a reporter interviews a local farmer or veteran. And the obituaries are worth reading because of the care which was given to the detail into the life of the deceased. The collection of old newspapers available to members of Georgia Pioneers
Protected by the MilitiaAs colonists moved across the American map, it was local Militia companies which saved the day. All homesteaders, aged 21 and above, were required to become part of a militia which protected the community from Indian attacks, and later, from the British (and their Indian warriors). A small fort was erected which consisted of a stockade fence, ramparts, and an armory. Everyone bore arms for the purpose of protecting the families against wild animals and Indian attacks. They hunted and fished to survive. During the early days of our country, the Militia was supported by local residents. Should you discover an ancestor did fight in a war, yet was called "captain" or "colonel", their participation in the Militia was the source of that rank. It is a good idea to research county militia records to learn more, usually kept at the State Archives. When Local Militia Protected Communities Clues into Military Names and Ranks: Clinch Militia of 1861 The Militia Won the Backwoods During the Revolutionary War Protected by the Militia They Fought Guerrilla Warfare Battle of Bloody Marsh Capt. Andrew Danielly
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Coweta County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps
The Creek Indians ceded the land in Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta, and Carroll counties in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs where Chief McIntosh was killed because of it. The counties' boundaries were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, 1826, but they were not named until December 14, 1826. Coweta County was named for the Koweta Indians (a sub-group of the Creek people), who had several towns in and around present day Coweta. Researchers should also research Henry, Fayette and Spalding Counties.
Cowets County Genealogy Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Wills 1827 to 1847 (abstracts)
- Wills 1849 to 1885 (abstracts)
- Wills 1885 to 1910 (abstracts)
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Book A, 1828 to 1848
- Will Book B, 1848 to 1892
- Annual Returns, Book B, 1837 to 1843
- 1827 to 1849
- Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886
- Cates, Asa, 1853, Deed of the Legatees
- Map of Coweta County
Traced Genealogies of Coweta County Families
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?
- The ice trucks which delivered a chunk of ice to the old icebox?
- When dry cleaners delivered your pressed laundry in a van?
- The air conditioning unit in the window?
- The ranch-style homes of the 1950s?
- Stick shifts and hard-to-turn steering wheels.
- Rumble seats?
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