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48-Hour Savings on The Georgia Frontier–Three-Volume Collection of Genealogies

(Introductory price in effect until 11:59 PM, Wednesday, November 21, 2018) Following General James Oglethorpe’s initial settling of Europeans from England, Scotland, and the Palatine to the Georgia Colony and the dissolution of the Georgia trustees’ charter, the British Crown offered substantial land grants to entice other colonists to settle and work the Georgia countryside. […]

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“Census Substitutes,” by the late Carolyn Barkley

This article originally appeared on our prior website/blog in March 2010.  It is reprinted here with minor alterations. In January of 2010, Ancestry.com announced to its subscribers the introduction of the “1950 Census Substitute” and urged us to “discover your parents, grandparents – – maybe even yourself.” Taken at face value, this announcement was pretty […]

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“Parish Vestry Books Mitigate Lost Virginia County Records,” by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis

With the transcription and publication of The Albemarle Parish Vestry Book, 1742-1786 [Virginia] the last of the colonial Virginia vestry books is accessible to researchers. Complete with an every-name index for ease in finding persons, this publication represents a boon to researchers searching for ancestors in Surry and Sussex counties, Virginia, as well as neighboring […]

Are Your Related to “Good King Wenceslaus”?

Millions of us sing the praises of “Good King Wenceslaus” every Christmas, but how many of us know anything about Wenceslaus the man and the saint. The following account, adapted from pp. 555-556 of Mr. Alan J. Komon’s book A Who’s Who Of Your Ancestral Saints, fills in the missing details;   St. Wenceslaus I […]

Indexes and Abstracts of North Carolina Wills

Prior to 1868, the procedure for proving and recording wills in North Carolina changed on a number of occasions. From the colony’s 17th-century beginnings until about 1795, a will could be proved before the county court of pleas, the quarter sessions, or the governor himself. After 1795, the probate business was left to the county […]