Ledger Books – A Good Genealogy Resource

The Spring 2018 issue of the Carroll County Genealogical Society Quarterly has either been delivered to your mail box or sent to your e-mail address and posted to our web site at ccgsga.org. If your membership dues are not up-to-date, you won’t be able to access it through our web site.

This issue continues with the 1884 Merchant’s Ledger, Z. L. Levans’ Ledger of the Center Point Store, and the Justice Docket of the 1880s. These ledgers are important because of the dates — all leading up to the missing 1890 U.S. Census records.

All of the people mentioned in these ledgers lived in or around Carroll County. Their purchases tell a lot about their lives; it’s easy to spot the family who is probably just setting up their household. They buy knives and forks, set of cups and saucers, dish pans, cedar buckets, etc. You can identify who had daughters or sons in the family by the clothing they purchased. From necessity, a great deal of their clothing was made at home, as shown from the yardage of fabric sold—every thing from sheeting to linen. And, of course, there was all of the equipment, large and small, to keep the farm operational. One entry shows everything bought for “Mr. Bearden’s burial.”

These hand-written books kept by storekeepers and business men are not just a list of names and items bought, they tell a story of the people of Carroll County and how they lived from day to day.

Wonderful books for wonderful genealogical discoveries!