While browsing the North Carolina Genealogy Research Community Facebook page tonight, I noticed a link shared to a story about a woman’s journey to document the life of one of her ancestors.
The story, published today in the Courier-Tribune newspaper of Asheboro, NC, describes the work done by Margo Lee Williams in tracing the life of her ancestor, Miles Lassiter. Lassiter, was an early African-American Quaker and Ms. Williams has spent more than 20 years researching his life and his family. She’s learned quite a bit about him and I’m sure her work can serve as inspiration for many of us working on our family history.
Ms. Williams will be doing a book-signing this weekend at the Asheboro Public Library – an event sponsored by the Randolph County Genealogical Society.
The book is available in print and electronic format.
Davidson County is home to several unique hand-carved headstones made out of soapstone in German folk art tradition. Katherine Benbow, our Western Piedmont Regional Coordinator, recently visited Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church and took pictures of these unique stones.
Learn more about them on the Davidson County, NCGenWeb site.
If you ask me, I think we have one of the best overall digitization programs ever. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is building a robust collection of digital items – photos, yearbooks, scrapbooks and more. The latest addition is their City Directories collection.
They are still continually adding to the site, so you will want to check often. You can browse by the city, by the county, or by the date of the directory. Directories are valuable sources of genealogical information so you will definitely wish to take a look. So far, the counties with the largest collections of directories are Buncombe, Forsyth, Wake, New Hanover and Durham. If you have family that you’ve been looking for try here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release – Palatines To America, German Genealogy Society Forms NC Chapter
RALEIGH, NC (September 22, 2011) – Would you like to learn more about your German ancestors? A group of people from all across the state have come together to form a North Carolina Chapter of the Palatines To America, German Genealogy Society. It is open to all who are of German descent or who have an interest in German genealogy and history.
The national Palatines To America organization was founded in 1975 in Columbus, Ohio and has seven state chapters and over 2,000 members. The national society publishes a quarterly journal, “The Palatine Immigrant”, which focuses on research and a quarterly newsletter, “The Palatine Patter”, which focuses on the activities of the national and state chapters.
North Carolina has two areas that had significant German immigration during the 18th century: New Bern was founded by German Palatine and Swiss settlers in 1710, and the piedmont which had several German groups including the German Reformed, Lutherans, Moravians, and others who settled during the mid 1700s.
In succeeding generations, many families of German descent traveled down one of three branches of the great wagon road from Pennsylvaniato North Carolina and settled in the piedmont as well as others who settled along the coast coming from the coastal northeast. In the 1920s, a group of descendants of the New Bern German Palatines formed The North Carolina Society of the Descendants of the Palatines. Their group was active until the 1950s. During the last century, there have been many people of German descent who have moved to all parts of the state.
The inaugural meeting of the North Carolina chapter will be Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Wake County Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Avenue, Garner, NC 27529. The meeting will be held in a seminar format from 10:15 am to 3:15 pm.
Three speakers will be featured: Mr. Jerry Miller, President of the Palatines To America NC Chapter who will make a presentation about the Palatines To America organization and conduct a short business meeting; Mr. Victor T. Jones, Jr., Special Collections Librarian at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, Kellenberger Room, and President-Elect of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, will make a presentation about the “Early Settlers of New Bern”, and Mrs. Bonnie
Everhart, Past Chairman of the Palatines to America Immigrant Ancestor Register and former PalAm National Librarian and Historian, will make a presentation about “Researching the Holt Family Line Into North Carolina.”
There will also be a panel discussion about the resources available to Palatines To America members by Mrs. Everhart, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Miller. The Inaugural Meeting/Fall seminar is open to the public with a $10.00 registration fee. Registrations at the door are fine, please call or email to confirm your attendance.
For more information about the society, North Carolina charter membership, and to register for the Fall seminar, please visit www.PalAm.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 919.744.0219.
Jerry Miller, President, Palatines To America, German Genealogy
Society, North Carolina Chapter
919.744.0219 (President’s Direct Telephone)
NCPalAm@PalAm.org (President’s Email)
David French, NC Chapter Publicity Director (Media Contact)
919.480.2011 (Media Telephone)
PalatinesToAmericaNC@gmail.com (Media Email)
It’s been a busy summer here in the NCGenWeb. Some of our counties have new designs and we invite you to check them out!
The counties that have been updated include Mecklenburg, McDowell, & Randolph.
The NC Government & Heritage Library is conducting a crowd-sourcing pilot and could use your help. This week staff uploaded images into a Flickr set (find it here) and would like to know if you can log onto Flickr and contribute by transcribing them. At the time of this post, there were 164 documents in the set, though some have already been transcribed.
There are quite a range of documents there – family bible records, newspaper clippings, handwritten family trees, handwritten letters, church records, etc; a large variety.
Their first batch of 50 documents was transcribed in 49 days – how awesome is that? To transcribe, all you need to do is log into your Flickr account and leave your transcriptions as a comment. Won’t you contribute?
Last week’s episode of the GeneaBloggers Radio Show focused on ways to engage youth in genealogy. At the same time, here in the NCGenWeb project, we learned of our own real-life example – what a coincidence!
Some 10th grade students participating in a summer school course taught by history teacher Ms. Martinez were working on projects related to slavery & the slave trade. In the course of their research, the students found resources linked from the Halifax County NCGenWeb’s African American page to be of particular help.
A few students found your page to be very informative and resourceful for their projects. Thank you for making such a good reference available for them! — Ms. Martinez
Not only that, as a way to give back, they wrote to the county coordinator, Deloris Williams, to suggest the inclusion of additional resources to add to the page. As an incentive, Ms. Martinez provided students bonus points if their suggestions were incorporated. After review, Deloris did in fact incorporate a couple of the links suggested, including a page from PBS’s Africans in America collection, noting:
The link to the PBS website is part of one of the links I’ve used myself in my own research and I know how very informative it is because it offers so much information about many different eras on the website. The link that I was planning on adding, however, is the Arrival of first Africans to Virginia Colony, since that page is more specific to the area of North Carolina research.
Thank you to Ms. Martinez for engaging your students to become more active in the research process and for thinking of the NCGenWeb project! For anyone else who is interested, you may visit the NCGenWeb African-American page for even more resources.
I’m a little late in announcing this, but if you have research interests in Pitt County, you will want to be sure you visit the new and improved Pitt County, NCGenWeb site. Brian Nichols is our new coordinator for the site and within days of adopting it he completely transformed it. Quick work Brian!
Brian is a descendant of William Nichols – a Virginia transplant who arrived in Pitt County in 1755. His family roots are deep in the area and this familiarity should serve him well as site coordinator.
The site features links to many resources relevant to the county, as well as original data. If you have information to share, please let Brian know – he would be glad to receive it. Welcome Brian to the NCGenWeb Project!
The NCGenWeb Project is saddened to announce the passing of Winona Ott Solomon, county coordinator for the Bute county website.
Winona was born December 6, 1944 and died May 4, 2011. She was a long-time contributor to the NCGenWeb project, providing numerous records and material for area researchers. Winona was also actively involved with Warren County research and collaborated with family members and friends on the Pegram Family website.
Winona, a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, was a graduate of Brigham Young University. She was also a cousin to Nola Duffy, another coordinator here in the NCGenWeb project. Our thoughts are with Winona’s family.
Here at the NCGenWeb Project we are pleased to announce new county coordinators (CC) for three of our counties! And, both are named Susan
Union County – Susan Sullivan is our new CC for Union County. Susan has family roots in the area that go back many years and has been practicing genealogy for many years. Her family also is from nearby Chesterfield County South Carolina. Susan is a graphic designer by profession and we look forward to her plans for adding additional content.
Perquimans County & Pasquotank County – Susan C. Griffin is our new CC for Perquimans and Pasquotank counties. Susan G. also has strong family ties to both of these areas. A third-generation genealogist, Susan G. is well qualified to help make these county resources better for you.
Of course we also welcome contributions from our researchers, so if you have family from Union, Perquimans, Pasquotank or any NC county, please keep the NCGenWeb project in mind.