Little Children…love and need stories

Little Children Love and Need Story-Telling

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.

Online Images of Wills and Estates

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

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

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Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

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

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