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Keesee information

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Re: Keesee information

Posted: 21 Dec 2012 9:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Lol. No I'm not a professional genealogist but I've been at it since the mid 1970's and went to most every court house in Virginia that still had records. I am a member of the DAR and I do have access to their website for research. I use ancestry as well, mostly for the actual images of records, but I have scores of record books I've collected over the years along with the 3 books Vince Kesee wrote and illustrated over the years. They're good reading but not necessarily great for genealogy. Genealogy without documentation is just a family story. Many of them have a grain of truth in them but I've found most of the stories I was told as a child tended to have been been a bit improved or distorted to say the least. But they were good for a start. Other sites that may or may not be useful are the NARA.gov online files and the digital collections at the Library of Virginia (which is where I really started) as well as the University of Virginia which is digitizing a lot of its collection. They have a main library and a second one. The second one has a marvelous collection of manuscripts and Bibles as does the LVA. Beware all Bibles are not created equal in information. If it is type written vs handwritten I tend to question the authenticity. If it is all in one hand, that's another problem unless its only one or two generations. I am lucky in that I have Sally Keesee Colbert's family Bible, which then went to my great grandmother, and then my great aunt, then a cousin and now to me, though copies of the pages are on file at LVA. Wish I could answer your Green questions but they have eluded me, though I admit to not looking all that hard. It was through Booker Keesee's Father in law, William Dove, also originally from MD> Fairfax Co as a child> Pittsylvania County after the Rev. War that I joined the DAR on. I have 11 more I can prove were in the war but they're all already documented so for me there's really now need. Most libraries have some of the DAr listings and sometimes they can help but with a name such as Thomas Green you'll unfortunately spend most of your life hunting. The answer may lie in the orphans court records in Pittslvania County if you could get a genealogist to look there for you. I am not in Virginia anymore and I do not know when I will get back there since the last close relative in the county has died this year. But I hope you can maybe find someone to look. Also try the Virginia/NC Piedmont genealogy society in Danville at the Library. They are a great group and have a website and they will sometimes do research for you for a small fee. Worth a look. Happy hunting.
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