Research in early Georgia can present a unique set of challenges for researchers not residing in the state or unfamiliar with Georgia research and families. Georgia's record loss and lack of record creation become research hurdles when "proof," more often than not, must be determined by the use of indirect evidence - information from multiple records, when combined, constitute proof or answer a research question. Fluid county boundary changes from Georgia's creation until the early 1900s means research must include not just the county where our ancestor is found, but also adjacent counties where records might have been moved or stored. Generally, there was no rhyme or reason for these decisions. Knowledge of Georgia's repositories, its people, land lotteries, and early migration patterns are essential to having a successful outcome for a research project. Georgia residency makes it relatively easy for me to travel to courthouses and other repositories. Additionally, I live in Vidalia, Georgia, around the corner from the home of one of the largest genealogical libraries in the state - The Ladson Genealogy Library.

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