The Fruits of
a County Research
Where on Earth is Upson County?
Upson County 1864
county population 1830-70
named in pre-1865 upson county sources
from the county project - pt I
from the county project - pt II
conclusions in upson county apply to other places?
learn about antebellum state court systems?
known records of slavery"
Findings Apply to Other Places?
Georgia, like most US
states, inherited and retained a legal system based on English
Common Law. The records used in most slave states will be similar to
those found in Upson County.
Each state defined
details of the names of courts, the scope of their jurisdictions,
and the details of their record-keeping. Legislatures often modified
the organization and functions of their state courts.
Louisiana does not
share the Common Law inheritance. That state retains Notarial
Records, a system derived from the Civil Law of ancient Rome and
inherited through France and Spain. The Notarial Archives at New
Orleans give a good explanation of this system: The
Civil Law Notary.