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Genealogy Tourism Is Booming as Americans Search for Identity in DNA and Abroad

By Kristen V. Brown for Gizmodo—Liza Lizarraga has spent hours combing through paper and digital archives to track her family’s history the old-fashioned way, and she has spit in a test tube to find out what morsels of her family’s history might be revealed by her DNA. In September, though, Lizarraga will walk the same … Continue reading Genealogy Tourism Is Booming as Americans Search for Identity in DNA and Abroad

NC Civil War museum requesting ancestor stories

The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is collecting stories about North Carolinians who lived during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. If you have a story to share about your ancestor, please submit it on the NCCWRCHC web page at http://nccivilwarcenter.org/share-a-story or mail it to 824 Branson St., Fayetteville, NC 28305.

Old photographs reveal family history, bygone customs

Sanda Baucom Hight CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST to the Wilson Times Recently, as I was looking for one particular photograph from our family’s collection, I learned lessons about history and customs of our past. I looked through photograph albums put together by family members years ago, as well as hundreds of individual pictures that have been saved … Continue reading Old photographs reveal family history, bygone customs

Genealogist to speak at Tuesday meeting

The Wilson County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash St. The immediate past president of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, Victoria Young, a professional genealogist since 2004 who specializes in Southern U.S., lineage applications and forensic genealogy research, … Continue reading Genealogist to speak at Tuesday meeting

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is up for the highest library honor

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, located inside of Wilson Library, was named a finalist for the nation’s highest library award. Given to libraries and museums across the United States by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the highest honor in the nation for a … Continue reading North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is up for the highest library honor