Free Research Assistance for Finding Georgia Ancestors
We are continuing to point out free resources that will help you in your quest to learn more about your Georgia ancestors. FamilySearch Wiki and FamilySearch Forums were first released in 2008, and are great places to find resources and assistance.
There are a few resources linked here. Several are already linked on Lowcountry Africana. Be sure to watch for new resources. The following FamilySearch Wiki article on African American Research has many more useful resources linked, and is constantly updated by members of the genealogy community:
You can also search topics on the Wiki. For example, “Georgia in the Civil War” is an article about the local history during the Civil War, military units, pension records, cemetery records, and links to access records which are available:
Now let's suppose you do not find the answer to your question on the Wiki. I suggest you review what you know about your ancestor and post your question at FamilySearch Forums where you can receive free research assistance. Be sure to register for a FamilySearch Account if do not have one. Then, be sure to validate that account in an email that will be sent after you register. This will ensure that you will receive a reply by email to the questions you post at FamilySearch Forums.
You will then be able to post your research questions about your Georgia ancestors in the Southern States section. Click “New Thread” to post your question. Be sure you are logged in. Ask only one question at a time and be sure to provide any of the details that you have such as:
ñ Name of ancestor
ñ Name of spouse
ñ Place of birth
ñ Birth date
ñ Parent's names
ñ Place of death
ñ Places lived
ñ Death date
Since 2008, every person except one that I referred to the Forums has been able to receive an answer to the research question they posted as far as I can tell. In the next article we will discuss documenting deaths in Georgia and online resources available.