At The Courthouse: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Its been quite a while since I’ve been to a courthouse. I used them quite a bit during my career as an architectural historian, but now the records I’ve used that were created in courthouses are housed in historical societies and/or are available online.

There is research that I still need to do that has to be done at the courthouse. One of our burning questions is how the farm outside of Bluefield came to the Jarrell family, and when it did. I believe that it originated with the family of Rebecca George, who married George Washington Jarrell in 1838.

The courthouse where the records for that parcel of land are located is just a few hours from me, but since most of my time away from home is spent taking care of my elderly mother, I haven’t been able to get there yet. One of these days I will.

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