Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What was your Gift from the Past

Tracing ancestors is more than just charts of names. And it is not a picture of a leaf, or tree, but rather real people who existed.  Many people trace their ancestry to patriots of the American Revolution and to the first Colonists to America.  But there is one thing certain: somewhere, someone immigrated to this country and began writing the story of their lives.  It all begins in county records, where the first land grant was acquired or deed filed of record.  Then taxes were paid and recorded on tax digests.  Sons and daughters were given in marriage and these certificates filed.  Later on, people died, leaving estates to be dealt with.  Wills, inventories, sales, receipts and annual returns surrounded this process, all filed in the county court house.  It is where the genealogist begins to unravel the details of a story somewhat inconsistent with family legends and tales. It is the truth.  In essence, it is a gift bequeathed to all of the heirs going forward.  By that, I mean that the eyes of your descendants will have privy to the information hundreds of years into the future.  For this reason, it is also your story.

Perhaps now is a good time to discover the details of the dreams of your ancestor , the love
which he bore his children., and the heritage bequeathed to you. 

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