Why do I Search for My Ancestors? How often has this question been asked of
you? Everyone searches for identity. Answers come from within (not without).
When I was growing up the theme was that our environment was the controller.
Yet, different members of families families
react differently under the influence of the same environment and rise to
adults with opposing philosophies. Perhaps only the genealogist
know the best answer. My brother and sister inherited our
great-grandmother's flower ears. One sister duplicated stern contrarian
attitudes of a great-aunt. All siblings suffered our paternal
great-grandfather's psychological depression. I could continue on with similar
facts. You get the gist. These examples are physical and behaviorial
characteristics. The environment cannot possibly control. We did not know the
ancestor's whom we emulate but their genes flow through our bodies as though
that person were living again. In a generalized fashion we are the composit of the weaknesses and strengths of those who
walked before us. Before judging them, please do a little historical research
about their times. Our relatives pioneered a rural existence which carved our
future. They proceeded in the face of harsh realities (just as we do). Most
Americans who have emigrant ancestors dating to the 17th century descend from
persecuted protestants or were driven from their
European homes. They searched for a better way. Take a paper and write down the
centuries on one side and names of your ancestors on the other side-include
dates. Then study the history of those eras. You do not need a Patrick Henry as
an ancestor, because you already have one. Yours were the ones who helped to
foster his cause for liberty. Without their support, there would be no
published heroes. Remember, someone has to do the research before your family
heroes are discovered. Don't forget to write a historical and genealogical
accounting of the experience. That is how we remember family members from one
generation to the next. Thus, in our quest to find ourselves we discover such
ingredients as bravery, tragedy, deprivation and all sorts of human emotions.
Who are we? Why we are an extension of them. It is our turn to carry
forth the banner of the human struggle in our generation. Despite
the odds. -Jeannette Holland
Baldwin (1806-1886), Banks Licenses (1859-1873), Banks(1885-1886), Berrien (1856-1900), Bibb (1831-1839), Bibb(n) (1885-1886), Bryan 1868-1889, Bulloch (1796-1850), Camden (1819-1890), Carroll (1829-1860), Carroll(n) (1885-1886), Dooly (1847-1852), Glynn (1818-1852), Laurens(n) (1885-1886), Lumpkin(n) (1885-1886), Macon(n) (1885-1886) , Madison *1885-1886), Marion(n) (1885-1886), Meriwether(n) (1885-1886) , Mitchell(n) (1885-1886), Monroe (1824-1850, Monroe(n) (1885-1886), Muscogee 1828-34;1837-41;1851-2;1885-1886), Newton(n) (1885-1886), Oglethorpe(n) (1885-1886), Paulding (1834-1906), Paulding Divorces(n)(1885-1886) , Pickens Divorces(n) (1885-1886), Pierce(n) (1885-1886), Polk(n) (1885-1886), Rabun(n) (1885-1886), Randolph (1837-1839), Richmond(n) (1885-1886), Rockdale(n) (1885-1886), Schley(n) (1885-1886), Screven (1815-1850, Spalding(n) (1885-1886), Sumter(n) (1885-1886), Talbot (n) (1885-1886), Taylor(n) (1885-1886), Terrell(n) (1885-1886), Thomas(n)(1885-1886), Troup(n) (1885-1886), Union (n) (1885-1886), Walker(n) (1885-1886), Walton(n) (1885-1886), Warren (1794-1805 , Washington (1828-1851), Washington(n) (1796-1885), Wilcox(n) (1885-1886), Wilkes(n) (1885-1886)
Abercrombie of Orange Co., N. C., Hancock & Greene Co.'s Georgia; Brent of Monroe Co.; Bowdoin of Massachusetts, Edgefield, S. C., Monroe & Putnam Co.'s; Bowling of Oglethorpe Co.; Bond of Virginia; Elbert & Wilkes Counties; Bird of Virginia & Hall Co.; Blue of Glynn Co.; Blue of Wilcox Co.; Bull of Coweta Co.; Burch; Callaway; Campbell.
Bible Records :
Abercrombie, Edmund; Baccus; Banks; Barnett, John; Barnett, William; Barnett of Greene Co.; Barrett; Barwick; Bird, John; Blue, Francis Archibald; Bond, Dudley; Bond, Joseph; Booth; Bowling, Thornberry; Bowdoin, Josephus; Brent, Thomas Young; Bull, James A.; Burch; Callaway; Campbell; Griffin; Harper, George; Rollins; Smith, Davis
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