Records on the Georgia Frontier
Militia Records 1775 to 1829 - Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers Website
|Jeannette Austin||Mar 5|| 1|
When the British Army burned certain records in Washington, D. C. during the War of 1812, Georgia ws one of those States whose census records were lost for the years of 1790, 1800 and 1810. This, of course, sends the researcher to the 1820 Census, which, I must say, can be troublesome to decipher.
However, there is an excellent means of locating our ancestors in Georgia during the early frontier years. And that is in the Militia Records. Every adult male was required to join the Georgia Militia and defend the frontier. The records show some as young as fifteen years of age and others fifty-plus years old. For this reason, one can expect to locate ancestors in these records born between 1729 and 1800!
The Georgia Military Affairs takes the genealogist and historian on a tour of the frontier during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War with the Creeks. All members of regiments are listed, and in some cases, the color of their eyes and hair, weight, and age. The indexes lists subjects by counties, towns, regiments, names of soldiers and officers, and includes affidavits and correspondence of military affairs and special situations. It is a good idea to take notes on all your surnames in a particular county, and follow them throughout all of the indexes and time-periods. Then, review your other research notes and make comparisons. Since many soldiers were taken as prisoners or otherwise died in battle, this is an excellent resource to locate lost family members and gain more information on those already known to you.
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