I spent all this time transcribing these land records having to do with my 4th Great-Grandfather, George W. West, so I thought I would share them with you. The Book and Page where they can be found is at the top of each record. This is my first experience with land records so I have … Continue reading Some Forsyth County, Georgia West Land Records Transcribed
I've been slack on blogging because I've been doing lots of actual work - genealogical and otherwise. Yesterday, I finally made the hour drive to to poke around in Forsyth County's land records. Though I haven't yet found where my ancestor George W. West actually bought his land, I did find where he was selling it off … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday: Try TurboScan instead of Copying
Today I got over myself and headed up to the Forsyth County, Georgia courthouse to look at old land records. I didn't find everything I wanted, but after seeing which parcels of land my ancestors sold off, I've narrowed it down... THIS is where I have to find the cemetery. Yep, there is a highway … Continue reading Narrowing Down the West Burial Site
When it comes to the Civil War, I'm not that interested in the generals and battles. The thing that interests me is the depravation, the hunger, the neighbors turning on one another, and the way that - like wars now - poor men end up paying the price for rich men's (misguided) dreams. Mary Ann West was … Continue reading Tombstone Tuesday: Mary Ann West Haunts Concord Baptist Church Cemetery?
Dang it. Last night I found another missing West grave. Rawr. First, a little back story. The graves of my infuriating brick wall ancestor George W. West (b. about 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, GA) and his wife Jennett Cowan West have eluded me for a long while. They both … Continue reading I’m going to have to look for these graves in the woods, aren’t I?
The 1880 Federal Census for Forsyth County Georgia was one of the more curious of my family censuses until I figured out what to make of it. My ancestors George W. West and Jennett Cowan West are where I expected them to be, in the Hightower District of Forsyth County, Georgia. Two of their younger … Continue reading Census Sunday: What Became of Isaac Suthard?
As I mentioned in a previous post, 1928 was rough for my West family. Their patriarch had died the year before, and their matriarch and two sons - including my Papa Ed's father - all died in 1928. We've had years like that in my lifetime, so I know they were not happy campers back … Continue reading Genealogy Resources: 1928, 1929 & 1930 Georgia Death Certificates Online