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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Saltzburgers from Austria

We all know the story of a group of protestants from Saltzburg, Austria who were invited by General James Edward Oglethorpe to settle in Georgia. I have written a detailed account of this history in my book Colonial Georgians which is available to members of Georgia Pioneers The group settled in Effingham County and built The New Jerusalem Church which still stands today. Extensive records were kept by this church of Births, Baptisms and Marriages. Images of these original records have now been added under Counties. The marriages span from 1754 to 1778. The births and baptisms span from 1756 to 1787. It is written in the old style handwriting, however the names and dates can be discerned. Remember, double P's were not a P, rather "ss". If the name looks like Ropper, it is actually Rosser.
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