Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Some Georgia counties

Milledgeville, GA is the seat of Baldwin County and was Georgia's capital city from 1806 to 1868. This county was created in 1803 and 1806 from the Creek Cessions of 1802 and 1805. It was named for Abraham Baldwin who signed the U.S. Constitution for Georgia and who is considered the Father of the University of Georgia. Between it's founding and 1856 land in this county was given to Jasper, Jones, Morgan and Putnam counties, and land was taken from Hancock, Jones, Washington and Wilkinson counties. If you have any ancestors in the central Georgia region during the period 1820 - 1972 you should take a look at the new 12-volume set Milledgeville, Georgia newspaper clippings by Tad Evans.  They include such interesting extracts as the naming of the new postmaster at Savannah, lists of those seated on a grand jury, persons whose property was in a Sheriff's sale, and the usual announcements of births, deaths, and marriages. We have many of Mr. Evan's works and they are all high quality publications. This particular one can be found at R Gen 929.3758573 EVA.

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