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Friday, July 22, 2016

How Railroads Affect the Search for Ancestors #genealogy #georgiapioneers

Jeannette Holland AustinHow Railroads Affect the Search for Ancestors
By Jeannette Holland Austin

The construction of the railroad throughout the State of Georgia was a historical event, especially as it tied the economy to remote areas and helped to develop new towns and communities. The Leesburg Depot is an old train depot in Leesburg, being part of the old Central of Georgia Railway which commenced operations during 1833. Afterwards, the railroad changed its name to the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia. It joined the Macon and Western Railroad (at Macon) to run to Savannah, thus establishing links from Chattanooga to seaports on the Atlantic Ocean. The route of the railroads gets interesting when it is learned that an ancestor worked for the railroad and stayed in shed houses along the tracks. Tracking this activity helps to explain family situations, such as marriages and absentees from home along the way.

Map of Central of Georgia Railroad Lines

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