The following announcement was taken from the D-OGS December 2009 Newsletter.
North Carolina Folklife Institute – Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute has supported programs and projects that recognize, document, and present traditional culture in North Carolina. They invite you to make our website a resource for information about North Carolina’s most authentic folk cultures and traditional arts and artists. Check back often for news and regular updates.
Their website has tabs for “NC Travel”, “NC Food” and other areas of interest. If you would like to buy a CD of traditional Piedmont fiddle music from Joe Thompson from Mebane, you can get it here. Thompson is one of the very last African American fiddlers in the region’s tradition. A North Carolina Folk Heritage winner, he has played Piedmont stringband music for audiences around the world. He is also the inspiration and mentor of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group of young African American talents who are attempting to carry on Joe’s tradition in music.
The North Carolina Folklife Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
190,000 Welsh Wills Online – The BBC recently published an article about the end of a five-year project to make 190,000 wills available online has been completed. The project is complete and the wills are available now. About 800,000 pages of documents have been placed on the National Library of Wales’ website.
The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth said the wills dated from the 14th Century until 1858, when civil probate was introduced, and 1,000 of them were written in Welsh. It said the project was “good news for family historians, social historians…and the inquisitive”.
(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.)