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Genealogy is not Fake News

Oakland Cemetery The only news out there which is not fake is genealogy. I am not speaking of errors. There are plenty of errors in individual research. I refer specificially to the fact that actual documents are used as resources. For some 411 years, public records have been retained in counties, states and municipalities. Although some records burned or were lost along the way, the surviving , unaltered documents have been microfilmed and preserved. The Journal of Christopher Columbus (written in Spanish) did not get translated until recent years. Yet, this adventurer has been slandered in a number of ways during modern times, even accused of raping natives. Ironically, after reading it, one can only draw the conclusion of how truly religious this man was. He believed that God sent him on a mission! School history books and documents written after someone is dead is an opinion or supposition of "what was" during an era which the author was not alive. Thus, a story given years after the life of someone does not make it so. Suffice it to say that the genealogist takes more care in writing and publishing their family histories. Even so, it is always good detective work to recheck the author/s resources. This is because the researcher knows to go to actual documents for more accurate information. If he does not have a document posting the exact date of birth or death (for example), he employs the phrase "ca" (meaning "about"). Truth is so important here that if the data is not properly proven with each generation the genealogist finds himself on a confusing and impossible trail.

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What was the "Battle of the Pen?"

Civil War Magazine Another interesting source is the Civil War Magazine which published accounts of battles as written by various participating officers from both sides, the North and the South. As it turns out, the version provided by Southern officers won out, and this was the "Battle of the Pen."

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Terrell County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps

Terrell County Court House

Terrell County was created in 1856 from Lee and Randolph Counties. Early settlers were: Richard Beal, R. C. Andrews, James Brown and C. E. Farrar.

Terrell County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Images of Will Book A 1857-1871

Testators: Barnett, Samuel; Brim, James; Cheny, Frederick; Christie, Benjamin ; Collins, Harvey; Coolidge, Albert; Cozart, Anthony; Enten, Elizabeth; Ethridge, Aaron; Gammage, Zachariah; Garlington, Christopher; Gay, Asberry; Jordan, Moses; Jordan, Randall; Kaigler, Amos; Kaigler, David ; Kelly, Charles; Kemp, Benjamin; Laine, Robert; Martin, Thomas; Martin, Willis; Mercer, Leonidas; Mercer, John T.; Musgrove, Harrison ; Ravens, David; Simpson, John; Speight, Cicero; Taylor, James; Todd, Alexander; Warnock, Elizabeth;Wynn, Thomas

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Terrell County Will Bk A, 1857-1913 (faded ink).


  • Terrell County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886.


  • Terrell County Map

Traced Genealogies:
Terrell County Families

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