The listowner requested that all post a message describing their main
interests in land research, so here is mine.
It might be said that my Nelson line is the one that "stayed behind."
To this day, I live no more than 60 miles from the original 1794 Georgia
lands of my 4th Gr. Grandfather, Taylor Nelson. (Before that and I'll
have to go play in John Lyon's BIG sand box. :-)
The place is the town cluster of White Plains, Greene Co., GA., involving
portions of Greene, Hancock and Taliaferro Counties. My family history
there ranges in time over the better part of a century, with 3 generations
marrying into "the old families" of the place. (Did I mention that the
whole area was once part of Wilkes Co.?)
The place is also thought of by many researchers as a "black hole" of
genealogical research in Georgia... (you research back into the area
and never leave.) This is a rather curious assertion in light of the
fact that over 80% of the overall records collections for the counties
exists. BUT when one considers the county creation and boundary evolution
of the area and the fact that the original grants were made under Georgia's
"Headrights Grants" it isn't hard to see why some researchers have reached
So it is that by studying this relatively small area in detail, I not
only end up with more complete collections of my own ancestors, but hopefully
help others make the passage through it a little easier. And land research
is an integral part of that detailing process.
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