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Re: Unknown County of Georgia
In Response To: Re: Unknown County of Georgia ()

Hello Juanita,

At this point in your research it would be premature to take a trip to Georgia in search of your ancestor. Since you located him in Smith County, Texas, it would make more sense to go to Tyler, Smith and conduct research at the county clerk and courthouse for information on your ancestor.

It is a great possibility that your ancestor was enslaved and that may be the reason why you are unable to locate him on the any census prior to 1870. Using this reasoning it is likely that he relocated to Texas with the slave holding. So in order to move beyond Texas on this line you must identify the slave holding but prior to doing that there are several steps that must be taken.

1. Your must document the activities of your ancestors from 1865-1900s using federal, state and county records. Keep in mind most of these records are not online.

2. Document the community in which your ancestors lived including their neighbors both black and white. Many of our ancestors continued to interact with the slave holding families after slavery.

There are some great books that can help you in this process. Finding A Place Called Home by Dee Parmer Woodtor.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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