Don't Make this Mistake

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

After the American Revolution, veterans were offered land grants in Georgia, as well as other colonies.

From 1732 to 1755 Georgia was under the direction of some 22 Trustees, officially led by the Earl of Egmont. After the Charter was surrendered, the King granted land without restrictions. You will find these grants listed in Entry of Claims for Georgia Landholders, 1733-1755 (Atlanta, Georgia: State Printing Office, 1975; Digital VersionAt various libraries (WorldCat)FHL Film 1450719, Book 975.8 R2br.

Many of those early grants were claimed by religious groups from Germany and Scotland. To learn more, one should locate and read local area history books, particularly those concerning the migration of religious congregations.

A new face of immigrants entered Georgia with the acquisition of land grants by veterans of the Revolutionary War. Typically, a researcher discovers that his ancestor received a land grant, and proceeds to search the records in that county. Mistake!! Remember, that Georgia originally had 13 counties. All 13 should be searched for the path in which the ancestor took. This method will eliminate a lot of places and help to zero in by the use of deeds and tax digest. Example: If you have ancestor born 1803 in Georgia and are unable to locate the parents, the tax digests will inform you who was a resident of a certain county, and when. Then, attempt to identify those people.

Find your Ancestors in County Records