I made my first trip to the courthouse for my new project. When I walked into the Columbia County Probate Court records vault I knew it was going to be a good trip. On the counter was the very book I needed to start with.
I found 28 deeds of interest. This only includes two of my three main people and none of the collateral relations. This was a prominent family that had a lot of land and a lot of money so finding them in records is no problem. The family arrived in what would become Columbia County in 1771. Columbia County wasn’t formed until 1790 so I will have to go to the Richmond County courthouse to find the rest of the deeds I need. My patriarch died in 1784 so all of his deeds will be in Richmond County.
I will be spending a lot of time in the Columbia and Richmond County Probate Courts because deeds are just one of the record sets that they hold. I will also be looking at probate, actual land plats, marriage records, tax records and inferior and superior court records. Some of the court records are actually indexed (quite unusual) so I am not as intimidated by them as I normally would be.
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