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Isle of Wight County Wills and Estates Isle of Wight

1636-1767; 1661-1719; 1715-1726; 1726-1734; 1733-1745; 1745-1752; 1794-1803; 1804-1808

Isle of Wight County Indexes to Deeds

1688-1704; 1704-1715; 1729-1736; 1736-1741; 1741-1744; 1744-1747; 1747-1752; 1752-1759; 1755-1782; 1759-1762; 1761-1765; 1765-1772; 1772-1778; 1782-1786; 1786-1793

Isle of Wight County Marriages 1774, 1793-1794, 1800

Henrico County Wills and Estates Henrico County

1650-1717; 1678-1693; 1714-1718; 1717-1726; 1787-1812 (includes deeds); 1802-1809

Henrico County Marriages 1780-1861

Henry County Marriage Licenses 1778-1794 and 1782 Tax Digest Henry County

King George County Wills, Fidiciaries, Inventories, etc King George County

Inventories and Fidiciary Accounts 1721-1744; 1740-1765; 1794-1807

Wills, Inventories, Accounts 1752-1780, 1780 to 1804

Orphans Accounts 1740-1761

Guardian Accounts 1759-1823

Indexes to Deeds 1745-1784; 1785-1793; 1729-1736

Loudoun County Loudoun County

Images of Wills and Inventories 1757-1771; 1772-1781; 1793-1788; 1788-1798; 1793-1797; 1797-1802; 1802-1806

Minute Books 1780-1783; 1785-1786; 1785-1788

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Parish Records Help Locate the Family Seat

By Jeannette Holland Austin

A 1620 tobacco field in Virginia. People planted in the streets and by ways. However, the land was worn out from tobacco before the onset of the American Revolution. That is why families moved on. It is best not to by-pass published county parish records if they are available. Sometimes the only surviving records are church parish records which processioned the lands. That is, they surveyed the lands in the parish system which verified ownership and neighbors. One can compare this processioning with deed records and tax digests to acquire a better description of the home place. It is important to learn more about the earliest lands occupied by the ancestors. Use a topographical map or a good county map (with legends) to gain a better conception of the layout. It is surprising how things come together. A visit to the area is essential. I actually located the farms in Holland, Virginia of my ancestors using this method. The deeds, wills, estates, etc. did not survive. What did survive was an old tax records.As members of the family died, and acreage was divided among the sons, I compared the these names and acreage in the tax records. Since the acreage was odd amounts, it was easy to see to whom the acreage passed, down the line. Also, the digest denoted names like “John” to “John Sr.” and “John Jr.” This helped to separate the generations of families. As I toured the area, it was then easy to determine old planting fields and property lines by the age-old lay of the land surrounded and marked by old oak trees, some with cuts on the bark. The former dirt roads were intact. Finally, I understood. Find your Ancestors on 8 Genealogy Websites

Tell the Children

By Jeannette Holland Austin

Telling the family story is the key to getting your children interested in their ancestors. Whether they realize it or not, just about everyone has something to tell which will thrill and delight the children. The family story is the beginning of the realization of how we play a role on the stage of humanity. I had a great-aunt Estelle who was a fuss-budget. Nothing suited or pleased her. She was critical of everyone and everything. Yet, after examining her background, the whole era of the post-Civil War unfolded before my eyes. After the war and the loss of the family home, her family removed to Atlanta to the Grant Park area where they shared an old house. While there, everyone contracted typhoid fever. Her mother was Seventh-Day Adventist and did not believe in medicine. However, while she allowed medical treatment to be administered to the children, she succumbed at an early age and was taken back home to and buried in the family cemetery. I became interested and visited the cemetery. It was across the road from the debris of an old plank board house and fallen brick chimney. The debris resembled none of the plantation homes in Gone With the Wind! It was simply an old farm house. General Sherman’s patrols had taken all of the farm animals and food. As I viewed it, I thought “How could anyone live here?” As I gazed upon the devastation and loss of a family home, finally, I understood!

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About Colonial Deeds

By Jeannette Holland Austin

One may think that deeds written in Colonial times are not worth viewing because the boundary lines of neighbors had not been set and the descriptions consisted of “chains”, “trees, and “tracts of land”. However, here are a few tips which might assist.

Let us take the example of old deeds in Westmoreland County, Virginia, which county was founded in 1653 from Northumberland County. This was the home of President George Washington. Many deeds exist between his family members; also wills and estates. The story of kinship and various residences (in other counties) is told in those documents. One can also use those names to search the immigrant books, and learn the origin of the ancestors and the first acreage granted. Usually, they brought family members and servants with them. The number of people which they brought into the colony was rewarded with acreage. This is how the first settlers acquired so much land! Whilst thumbing though Cavaliers and Pioneers by Nugent, one might find their ancestor listed in this manner. The next step is to go to the county where the sponsor acquired land. A normal tenure for a servant was seven years. Afterwards, their name might appear in the county deeds as he was released as an indentured servant and given promised acreage from his sponsor. Also noteworthy is the entire list of names brought over should be used as clues as to marriage partners, etc. If, say, fifty people were brought into Westmoreland County under the same sponsor, then that is the community during that time period. Other books to explore are : Early Virginia Immigrants by Greer; The Complete Book of Immigrants by Coldham, et al.

As one learns of the history and the persons in the colony, the fine details of the search becomes fascinating! It is surprising how much more can be learned. Goochland County Wills, Inventories, Accounts, Estates and Deeds have now been added to 8 Genealogy Websites. This is 17 books of scanned information dating from 1728 to 1803. It includes everything that the genealogist needs to search to locate ancestors!

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