The real solution to finding your ancestors is (after you search census records) to move your agenda to the local county court house where your ancestor resided. Search wills, estates of every type, deeds, tax digests. The will or estate provides names of heirs, general location of the farm or plantation, names of distant relatives, such as aunts, uncles, cousins, names of sons-in-law, etc. You get the inside scoop of the decedent's lifestyle and net worth simply by paying attention to the inventories, annual returns and sales. This is where the meat is. Obtain the information online when you can. Saves money and time. Images of old wills are found on www.georgiapioneers.com and virginiapioneers.net, while southcarolinapioneers.net has transcripts of old wills. Abstracts of wills are found on www.northcarolinapioneers.com
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