Thursday, December 5, 2013

Progress of Genealogy on the Internet

We've come a long way, baby!  Nevertheless, the distance we need to travel is still far away. The sprinkling of genealogy websites is sparse.  All of the information is simply not there! For example, from the earliest times,when a vessel left port, a ship's manifest and passenger list was written. You see mention of such in the various colonial records kept by counties.  For one thing, England required certain tariffs or taxes to be paid by those sending and receiving.  When the vessel landed, the captain was supposed to deliver the ship's manifest to local authorities, but sometimes this was delayed by weeks.  The passenger lists which you see published in regional libraries are but a drop in the bucket.  Apparently, the National Archives has a bunch of records in their raw form yet unpublished.  But there are other missing records which genealogists need to find kin.  The records of Jamestown did not survive because the town was burned down during the Bacon Rebellion of 1686.  Other counties in other States also suffered such losses.  For example, General Sherman torched as many southern court houses as he could on his march through Atlanta.  Also, from 1861 to 1865 battles around Virginia was constantly in action.  Be that as it may, there still exists out there somewhere records which were taken home by clerks to work on or removed during times of crisis.  The British torched Washington, D. C. during the War of 1812 and burned census records for certain States.  We are a record-keeping people. If you do not believe me, examine the minute books or order books kept by county clerks.  They are like diaries.  Every little item of business is recorded, from the branding of animals, tavern licenses, recording of wills and appointment of road commissioners to expenses of keeping the poor.  Initially, original documents such as old wills and the probate of estates were kept at the court house. Every receipt, voucher, inventory, sale and distribution was presented.  The Clerk then copied from the originals into a book.  The websites listed below continue to collect images of old wills and estates. That is a "newbie" to the internet, as no one else has it.


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BARGAIN! Subscribe to 8 genealogy websites! Easy entry using same password. Where to find images of last wills and testaments online.

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