Genealogists: Identify Everyone!
By Jeannette Holland Austin
If you discovered an old document (such as a last will and testament) which contains names of people you cannot identify, here is what to do. Search the deed books for that county and make notes of the lands which they owned and bordered. Land grants are an excellent early resource, as well as tax digests. Also, search marriage records to learn of any of these guys married daughters of your ancestor. Next, go to the census records and look for names of the children as well as birth dates and where born. Neighbors, friends and neighbors witnessed documents, such as deeds, wills, marriages and pensions from war records. The idea is to ascertain the identify of everyone associated with your ancestor. You will be surprised what you learn!
Bertie County Wills and Estates
Bertie County was form 1722 from Chowan County. When researching this county, one should also consider southern Virginia, bordering North Carolina as many Virginians took up land in North Carolina. Some of the first settlers were Jesse Harrell whose descendants removed to Georgia and Kentucky; George and John Clements who had relatives in Pittyslvania County, Virginia; James and John McDowell, brothers, originally from Wigtown, Galloway (Scotland); and the Wynns family of Winnson plantation.
Bertie County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
Bertie County Wills
- Abstracts of Bertie County Wills ca 1720 to 1799
Need to know if your ancestors left a will or estate record? An easy, quick (and free) way to find out is to click on the links below.
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