By lauravasilion While waiting for a voice from Lithuania to respond to my blog questions, I took a detour this spring into genealogy and a new project: a novel set in a Quaker community in pioneer Iowa. No, I am not a Quaker. However, a number of my early Scotch-Irish American ancestors were. Three of … Continue reading A Research Detour Leads to 12 Unexpected Insights About Quakerism
STUART LEAVENWORTH Tribune News Service SAN FRANCISCO — Curious about their roots, consumers are spending tens of millions of dollars each year getting their DNA tested and then proclaiming they are one-quarter Irish, 22 percent Scandinavian or 14 percent Native American. These pie charts of ethnicity make for great water-cooler conversation. But what about the … Continue reading DNA-testing companies, pinpointing ethnicity and the truth
Conference Venue: VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT 1160 1st Avenue King of Prussia, PA 19406 Dates: October 9-14, 2018 Hosts: Family Quest Society (Philadelphia Chapter) World Renowned History and Genealogical Event There is no better place for historians and genealogists than AAHGS’s Annual Conference & Exposition. By attending, you’ll gain the tools, the … Continue reading Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
The North Carolina Genealogical Society is presenting "Courting North Carolina: The Courts of the Tarheel State” Part 1, a lecture given by Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL. If you have ever attended one of Judy's lectures, you know you are in for a treat! Her knowledge of the complex court records of North Carolina is … Continue reading Webinar free to the public July 6-8, 2018
The WCGS is now on summer break. The next meeting will be on September 25th at the Wilson County Public Library, lecture topic to be announced. Hope to see you there with lots of tales of summer adventure and ancestors discovered!
By Monica Holland for The Fayetteville Observer—They used to be prominent, cropping up from the land like the yellowing leaves they’d housed across miles and miles of Carolina farm country. A monument to the charm of country life, tobacco barns have stood for everything from good, honest work to the trust and reliance of family … Continue reading Tobacco barn photos show appreciation for farming history
(Originally published in The Outer Banks Voice) —Near the confluence of Salmon Creek and Albemarle Sound in Bertie County, archaeologists continue to uncover artifacts that may reveal clues to the 400-year mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Thanks to the recent purchase of nearly 1,000 acres by the Coastal Land Trust, this magnificent … Continue reading Trust buys land in Bertie that could be tied to the Lost Colony
By Jim Moses for the Ionia Sentinel-Standard—What is genealogy if not the recording of the history of our lives? We are born, we live, and we die. I read somewhere that our personal history is the dash between the dates on our tombstones. It is the time that is hidden from the world unless we … Continue reading Family Tree: What is genealogy?
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
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.