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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Analyzing Genealogical Findings for Results - Chattahoochee Co. GA Wills, Estates 1853 to 1885; Marriages 1866-1886 - #genealogy #georgiapioneers

Jeannette Holland AustinAnalyzing Genealogical Findings for Results
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Everyone who ever died did not prepare and file for probate a Last Will and Testament, yet even the poorest of families usually had an administrator appointed for a number of practical reasons. For one thing, they needed the authority to gain access to funds and to sell property. For this reason we must systematically research all the court house papers such as Annual Returns, Inventories, Distributions, Sales, Vouchers and the Minute Books of Inferior Court. Because this is so important in locating relatives, whenever possible, I am adding the indexes to Annual Returns and estates for the various counties to Georgia Pioneers.com. The first Annual Return for the estate generally pays doctor bills, funerals and miscellaneous expenses of the administrator. Thereafter, in later returns, funds are dispersed to the heirs. You should really review these returns carefully and attempt to identify everyone receiving payment. Receipts are given to administrator. You want to read the vouchers and receipts because this is where you will find the husbands of the daughters. Married women did not directly inherit; their husbands received the goods and signed for them. The Inventories and Sales contain the names of relatives and neighbors who were purchasing items. Also, this is where you will find a general description of parcels of land owned by the decedent and a list of notes owed him.


Map of Chattahoochee County

Chattahoochee County Wills and Estates

Cohutta, GeorgiaPictured is the old jail and Cohutta, Georgia. Chattahoochee County was created in 1854 from Marion and Muscogee Counties. It was named for the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages
  • Chattahoochee Wills 1853-1885 (abstracts).
  • Chattahoochee County Marriages (Index) 1854 to 1907
  • Chattahoochee County Marriages (Index) 1866 to 1876
  • Chattahoochee County Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886
Index to Probate Records
  • Chattahoochee County Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, Homesteads, Book A (1863 to 1883)
  • Chattahoochee County Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, Homesteads, Book B (1882 to 1940)
  • Chattahoochee County Annual Returns, Book A (1854 to 1858)
  • Chattahoochee County Annual Returns, Book B (1858 to 1860)
  • Chattahoochee County Annual Returns, Book C (1860 to 1865)

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