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Where is the Book of Remembrance?

Port Royal The Book of Remembrance which is mentioned in the Bible was a record written by Adam. That would be the most ancient written record of mankind. Where is it? Is it hidden in the rocks or buried in the ground somewhere? Moses was aware of such a book because he transposed some of those memories into the Book of Genesis. The discoveries of ancient cities under the seas are beginning to establish real evidence of certain times, places and people who existed before sea levels were raised. Modern sonar equipment helps to define many items heretofore lost to us, such as the lay of the land. A topigraphical map locates old roads, rivers, and such. In other words, impressions once made in the earth are discernible. Until recently, it was generally accepted that the Egyptian sphinx and rocks at Stone Henge and in the Easter Islands sat firmly upon the earth. Until someone did some excavating. Thus, the scientific discoveries and subsequent analysis of the historical past are somewhat flawed. So it is with genealogical research. As we trace our ancestors further back in time, before the modern era and discovering written records, we have to realize that first, there is written evidence and second, that we have not found it. We cannot merely assume that ancient mankind resided in caves and used clubs to kill animals. This idea supports a flawed Darwinian theory that man started as a one-cell animal in the sea and that the apes are our ancestors. This theory fell apart when the so-called "connection" was discovered that the skull of a human and the jaw of an ape were fraudulently pieced together to prove such a theory. Unfortunately, we cannot accurately trace ourselves beyond the Domesday Book, which is the first taxation record of English commoners during 1066 A. D. What about ancient church records before that? As excavations on the earth and under the sea continue, there is hope that records may also be discovered and interpreted through the use of modern equipment. I can remember when old faded county records were no longer discernible, yet today those same records can be read with modern microfilming and camera equipment. The Dead Sea Scrolls, crumbled into small pieces and faced, are being interpreted by modern equipment at Brigham Young University. The use of DNA is quite telling when it examples old skeletons. Consider the corpse of Tutankamun. The cause of his death was a mystery for centures until the DNA experts analyzed it. When we visit old cemeteries, do we realize that the ground is filled with unmarked graves and that a closer examination of washed out areas and sinking holes should be considered. The graves of children are usually located next to the parents, but often sink into the ground and eventually disappear in the soil. Perhaps a closer examination of a family burial site is indicated. Old wills, estates, deeds and other court house records are full of clues. It is not enough to simply read the old will of the ancestor. A study of all of the wills (in the same will book as the ancestor) provides clues such as names of relatives, brides, grooms, friends and neighbors. It is the old neighborhood! These records help locate old farms and plantations, children, parents, grandparents, cousins, places or origin, and so on. Thus, the past is not really lost. We simply have further "excavate" the records to find it!

Where to Find Free Genealogy Information

Most genealogy websites contain some free information, irrespective of whether a fee is charged. Such is the case with the Virginia Genealogy Website known as Virginia Pioneers which contains (free) lists of those who left wills or estates. The names are listed alphabetically! Simply use the Index Clicking on this link can not only provide information concerning where your ancestors may have died and left estates, but saves lots of time. You can obtain the record from the local court house or the Virginia State Archives, or join the websites where additional records such as genealogies, marriages, bible records, pensions and origins are found.

Map of Pulaski County, Virginia

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Front Porch Genealogy Solutions

front porch Sometimes it seems like there is little hope of finding records of the ancestors. The process is like unto an intricate puzzle of small pieces which do not seem to fit anywhere. Everyone has scaps of genealogical data on their surnames. But how do we find something more specific, something which will connect to our information? The answers lie in discovering the people in the neighborhood where your ancestor resided during a certain time period. They all connect, you know, whether as friends or relatives. The American past can be subdivided into eras and locations which is occupied by a specific group of people. The task is to assemble each family in family group sheets, regardless of whether they are in your direct line. If they have the same surname, a good practice is to consider them relatives and the only way to establish this is with family group sheets. Then, the marriages on these sheets help to establish relationships. It is a cousin thing. The sheets provide a place to enter the little scaps of paper. Eventually, we understand more about the relationships, which helps to eliminate certain people. Image sitting upon a front porch in a rural area. It is spring and the land is being plowed for planting. A neighbor has come to assist. On Sunday, this same neighbor is at church with his wife and children. Who do you suppose your children will marry? The answer is someone in this setting. That is why the names of witnesses to documents, such as deeds, marriages and old wills is so important. As the community grows and documents are recorded at the local court house, the neighborhood is being documented.


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Pulaski County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Indexes to Probate Records

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Pulaski County was formed March 30, 1839 from parts of the counties of Montgomery and Wythe. It was named after Count Casimir Pulaski, an exiled polish nobleman who fought during the American Revolution as part of the army of George. He joined the army in 1777 and became a brigadier general and chief of cavalry in the Continental Army. On October 11, 1779 Count Pulasi was fatally wounded in Savannah and died on October 11, 1779, and his fame is that of being an honored American hero.

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Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills 1859 to 1871
  • Index to Wills 1848 to 1902 | Images of Wills 1848 to 1902
Images of Wills, Guardianships, Inventories, Estates 1840 to 1859

Abraham, Martha | Adair, James | A. | Allison, James | | Baithwaite, guardians | Barger, Franklin | Baskerville, George | Baskerville, John B. | Baskerville, Spencer | Beard, George W. | Bell, Peyton | Bell, William | A. | Belles, John | Bently, Henry | Black, Hugh | Black, John | Burkholder, William | | Caddall, John | Calfee, William | | Carnahan, John | Clark, Elizabeth | Cloyd, David | Cloyd, Thomas | Cook, Henry | Crawford, John | Danfer, John | Davis, Meredith | Davis, Sarah | Dill, Peter, Mrs. | Draper, Margaret | Eaton, Crozier | Eversole, Phillip | Farmer, Martha | Fugate, Jesse | Galbreath, Catharine | Gesse, William | Gifford, Harman | Glendy, John | Grass, Elizabeth | Guthrie, Elizabeth | Guthrie, Richard | Hager, John | Hoge, Elizabeth | Hoge, J. M. | Howard, Alexander | Hurst, John | Jordan, Michael | Kelly, John | Kent, David F. | King, James | Lasley, William | Mannis, Richard | McGlendy, Polly | Mennahan, Martha | Meredith, Jeremiah | Miller, James | Miller, William | Morris, Mary | Morris, Robert | Muirhead, Andrew | Patton, Henry | Peck, Joseph | Peirce, James | Pittman, Henry | Pryor, John | Raines, Richard | Rankin, James | Rankin, Mary | Safford, Adam | Sanger, Joseph | Sayers, James | Stone, William | Sutton, John | Swope, John Jr. | Taylor, James | Tipton, William | Turner, Francis | Twinkle, William | Wygal, John | Wygate, James

Images of Wills, Guardianships, Estates, Inventories 1859 to 1871

Alexander, John E. | Allison, Francis | Barger, Jacob | Baskerville, G. S. | Baskerville, Nancy | Bigbee, Augustus | Boston, Martha | Brown, Michael | Brown, S. | Butler, P. A. | Butler, W. M. F. | Calfee, Evelina | Calfee, Mary | Calfee, William | Clark, Elizabeth | Clark, John | Cloyd, David M. | Cloyd, Gordon | Cobb, Claiborne | Clark, Joseph | Craig, Robert M. | Crawford, John | Dollins, William | Eaton, Crozier | Eaton, Keziah | Ewing, Lydia | Farmer, James C. | Floyd, Moses B. | Frigate, J. H. | Glendy, John | Godby, Francis | Goss, William A. | Hall, James | Henaker, Henry | Hoge, James | Hoge, William | Hudson, Isaac | Huff, Samuel | Hyser, Benjamin F. | Hyser, Henry | Ingram, Samuel | Kelley, John | Kent, Elizabeth | Lasley orphans | Martin, D. T. Dr. | McGarock, David | Miller, James | Miller, Margaret | Morehead, James | Morehead, orphans | Murrill, William | Nunn, John | Owens, A. | Pack, Sarah | Painter, George | Parks, James W. | Pierce, James | Poage, Margaret | Poage, Thomas | Redaford, James | River, N. | Rook, John | Sadler, John | Sadler, Joseph | Sadler, William | Saunders, Hiram | Sayers, Hamilton | Sayers, John | Shearman, Jacob | Smith, Hiram | Snow, Samuel | | Stewart, Thomas W. | Stone, William | Sutton, John | Swope, John | Taylor, James L. | Taylor, John | Taylor, John M. | Taylor, Jonas | Temple, Stephen | Thornton, Peter | Thornton, Thomas | Trinkle, Henry | Trinkle, William | Twingler, John | Vermillion, A. H. | Vermillion, John N. | Vermillion, Rozen | Walker, Samuel | Walters, T. | Ward, Rupe | Way, John | Whitaker, James | White, W. G. | Wiggins, John | Wygal, John | Wygal, Sebastian | Wygal, William | Wyser, Benjamin | Wyser, George W. | Wyser, James

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