This guidebook has 57 pates and contains 125 questions and answers to help researchers in Virginia, especially Wythe County. Legal and historical documents are frequently used in genealogical research and often the users are not acquainted with the many resources and where to find them. Legal definitions of various kinds, spelling of names, information about publishing your family history, DNA, adoption, maps, German script, citizenship, "burnt counties," cemeteries, handwriting, shot towers and even such things as parentheses and square brackets are just some of the subjects included. Many suggestions for further research are given. Indexed by subject, such as kinds of wills, marriages, and county names, but includes personal names as well.--from publisher's description.
The militia was organized in 1777 after the county was established in the previous year. All men between the ages of 18 and 50 were required to register, attend muster and perform others with their captain of the militia. Only those who were infirm or not fit were allowed not to attend and this information is often listed on the muster rolls.