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Keitt|Sapp|Shumake|McRae|McMillian|Clark|Ryal - All from Georgia

“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Georgia Slave Narratives

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

I spent most of my day reading through Georgia Slave Narratives. I have yet to find any that is relative to my known family members, but they were really interesting to read.  Many of them had good experiences with their slave masters and was more distraught after the war ended and they were free. Some left the plantation after they were told that they were no longer slaves and free to go where and when they wanted; many would return to work for their former slave masters because they found it harder to make it out there on their own.

There are many such records on Access Genealogy and you are able to research these records absolutely free.   There are so many places that charge to research a great deal of data bases and the best I have found thus far is   I have tried several others but they have given me the same records that I have been able to find through, but with a little extra help from Ancestry. As a matter of fact I just recently discovered if you are a member you are able to call them and get some help if you feel stuck on a certain relative or a certain fact. Most of them are quite knowledgeable, and many are doing their own research.

Georgia Vault is another place where you are able to search for relatives in Georgia. It is a free site where often times you are able to find the birth and death records of a relative. You may also be able to find if you had a relative that was in the Civil War, because you can find records of pension applications here.  It is quite an interesting place, but be careful you could end up spending the day in that chair, on the computer, because this stuff is addictive and the time will fly by, and before you know it, you are having a hard time getting out of that chair and the news is on the television. So this is  fair warning.


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