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November 14, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Randolph Jefferson

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I’m delighted to announce that the October 2013 issue of The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter features “Finding Randolph Jefferson.” It in, I discuss, at length, many of the methods and sources I used to uncover the story of Thomas Jefferson’s only brother.

The article begins . . .

I first became aware of Randolph Jefferson while searching for my Harris family in nineteenth century Buckingham County. After surviving the Civil War, Buckingham’s courthouse burned in early 1869. Prior to that catastrophe are the loss of many of Albemarle County’s records for the period 1744–1761, when the land that became Buckingham was part of a much vaster Albemarle, wiping out Buckingham’s pre-history, as it were. Under such circumstances, it is easy to throw in the towel before even beginning. Anyone researching burned counties must be creative, dogged, and patient. Genealogical rewards can be very slow to materialize; but remarkably they often do (and in the darnest places), making it all the sweeter.

Conducting research in burned counties, like Buckingham and Appomattox, can be very tough work.  We can all learn from the discoveries of others and the Virginia Genealogical Society is a marvelous source for both facts and techniques to help locate even the hardest to find Virginia ancestors. Since 1973, The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter has been printed monthly and, in 1982, the Society began to publish feature articles.


Current members receive the Newsletter.  Back issues are available online for purchase and are collected at many libraries and historical societies including: Library of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, and Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Virginia).

If you aren’t already a member, please consider joining.  Click here to explore the benefits:  Virginia Genealogical Society.

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