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Re: Visiting Virginia/Goin/Going/Gowen-Albemarle C
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I would suggest the first place you should visit is the Library of VA in Richmond. They have bundles of information on your lineage. I would suggest you plan to spend at least 3 -4 days. I am very familiar with the Goings lineage (though not really related). Make sure you start your research (if you haven't) from the present and go back. Check census for the people you know were in Albemarle Co.., then check personal property taxes (1700 - 1855), the death, birth, marriage, and court indexes. The staff is VERY helpful.Also, bring money for copying (I go through $5 - 10.00 on a visit). One thing I found very helpful is reviewing city directories. It gives you the names of the spouse, occup, and address. They are located behind the microfilm section. This comes in handy when you come to a year that is not indexed by name. To save time, go to their web site and print out the location w. file # prior to your visit. This will save a lot of lookup time. Also, pickup a book of the counties in VA based on the years (example Albemarle Co. was part of Goochland, Amherst, Nelson, & Augusta, and Louisa during different periods) you're researching.
Most of the records for Albemarle are at the LVA. A lot of the county records were lost due to flooding of the James River (when the county seat was Scottsville) and during war. Also, the Goings were similar to my Battle lineage; they did not always record births, etc.. They were of Indian and Mulungeon heritage and did not trust the government very much. I believe they have a private family cemetary. Check out J.F. Bell Funeral Home's in Charlottesville, VA website. They have a wonderful death index which tells the parents, birth date, death, date, spouse and burial location for individuals.
Okay, I've made enough suggestions. If you have further questions, please contact me.
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