By Jeannette Holland Austin
Most families who went to Alabama came out of Georgia. After the Land Lotteries which resulted from the confiscation of Creek and Cherokee territories in Georgia, families began migrating West. Before that, those persons wishing to cross into Indian Territory, must first obtain a Passport from the Governor of Georgia. In 1785 the State of Georgia recognized the two Nations of Cherokees and Creeks. Although the acquisition of such a passport was for citizens of America, travelers to the area could apply for a passport using the recommendations of their neighbors and friends. Once the Governor approved the request, the passport was issued. While but two of the original passports still survive in the original records of the Governor, it provides a glimpse of the document. Thereafter, all other other passports were issued with the stipulation "for travelers through foreign territories." Genealogists should examine the following books for possible information concerning their ancestors.
|Rikard's Mill, Monroe Co. Alabama|
- Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia, 1785 to 1820 by Mrs. Mary G. Bryan.
- Passports issued by the Governors of Georgia 1810-1820 by Mary G. Bryan (1964) published by the National Genealogical Society.
- Passports of southeastern pioneers 1770-1823: Indian, Spanish, and other land passports for Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, North and South Carolina by Dorothy Williams Potter published (1982) by Gateway Press.
- The Federal Road through Georgia, the Creek Nation, and Alabama 1806-1836. By Southerland, Henry DeLeon and Brown, Jerry Elijah. The University of Alabama Press (1989).
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