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Friday, August 28, 2015

First Settlers to Virginia

It all started in Jamestown, VA. Learn more history and genealogy on www.virginiapioneers.net

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Discover your Ancestors on the Internet. So Easy Now.


Freedom is a precious heritage won by our Ancestors!  But do we really know who we are?  To learn some answers about ourselves we must look into the past...into the lives of those who brought us here. Discovering ancestors is not only fun, but surprising.  The lineage doubles every generation (into the past), which makes for an unlimited resource of ancestors who were part of the histories which we study today.  For example, it is easy to trace the lineage back to a Revolutionary War Soldier.  Gosh!  The pension itself is loaded with information about the battles they fought and famous officers they served with. You just don't know how this goes, until you read the pension.  Then, there are the Civil War Pensions.  Of course, the old wills, estates, deeds, tax digests really open the puzzle to a wonderfully new perspective. The old script used is beautifully executed with a quill and india ink.  Some of these documents are simply worth framing! 

The census records are not enough.  To find ancestors, one must also research county records where your ancestors resided or where you thought they were.  This is a must!  For one thing, the records, such as wills, estates, marriages, inventories, sales, guardianships will provide names of heirs.  Additionally, the tiny details which lead to the next source.  For example, in the estate of Henry Holland of Jasper County, an Annual Return made by the administrator revealed a letter sent to Holland, Virginia.  From there, it was easy to find this place as the family seat.  Another resource are  receipts from heirs sometimes found in the estates, including husbands of the daughters.  Of course, if you look in the marriage records, that is where the marriage was recorded with the name and full date of the record.  The 8 genealogy websites contain county records easy to view online!   First, become a member, then view/print/download your ancestor's old will or estate.  It is really cool!

www.georgiapioneers.com
www.kentuckypioneers.com
www.southeasterngenealogy.com
www.northcarolinapioneers.com
www.genealogy-books.com
www.gagraduates.com
www.southcarolinapioneers.net
www.virginiapioneers.net

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Thomas Osborne

Colonial leather trunk
Thomas Osborne of Henrico left a personalty calculated to be worth one hundred and twenty-five pounds sterling not counting all of the clothing and live stock of the estate.  His house furnishings consisted of the best of the era, including feather-beds, pillows, curtains and valance, a blanket and worsted rug.  The apartment known as a lodging-room contained a bedstead, feather bed, bolster, yarn rug and blanket, cupboard and chest, two Dangzic cases and a small trunk.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

William Byrd's Flower Garden of 1684


Modern-day crocus garden, however, the bulb was traditional in colonial gardens
When William Byrd was touring Virginia during May of 1685,  he wrote a letter describing the flowers in his garden as being the seeds and roots from iris, crocus, tulip and anemone.  Source: Records of Henrico County, vol. 1677-92, p. 284.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Benjamin Doggett

Rev. Benjamin Doggett came from Ipswich, England to Virginia.  He was a minister in Lancaster County and died in 1682.   Source: Origins available to members of Virginia Pioneers

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

John Doe and Rodney Dangerfield

St. Christopher's Island in Carribbean
There are a lot of interesting surnames around town!  For instance, Dangerfield and Doe.  Did Hollywood make these up?  In Alexandria City Virginia we find both of these names in the estate records on Virginia Pioneers    So, let us go a little further back in time.

On 6 December in 1658, Thomas Dangerfield was bound to Thomas Salter to serve in Barbados. This means that he had indentured himself to Mr. Salter for having paid his passage.encompassing a specific time period.  This was not uncommon and the means for many families arriving in the colonies.  When the term of the indenture ended it usually meant that the servant was entitled to a small tract of land.  If you are a genealogist tracing the Dangerfield lineage, then you must first read the old records to discover everything that you can on Thomas Salter.  Then, about 1675, when Dangerfield was probably free, start digging the records in Barbados, then go from there.

Yes, there was a John Doe.  On 21 May 1635 John Doe, aged 22, was transported from London to St. Christopher's in the ship Mathew by Mr. Richard Goodladd, by warrant from the Earl of Carlisle. There are also some estate records on Doe surnames in Alexandria City, Virginia.  Discovering more about the family and history is available.  Begin with reading the old Wills and Testaments of your ancestors.

Source: The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 by Coldham.

Friday, July 4, 2014

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