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Camp Douglas

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Stories of Andersonville prison in the south have long been given full attention to the poor conditions in the Confederate run Civil War prison camp. The other morning, I happened upon a show on the History Channel entitled 80 acres of Hell (link is to a dvd) which documents a much lesser known story. That [...]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office History

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Recently, on my onlineradiotv.com site I’ve done a series on scanners (radio scanners) and one of the resources that I wanted to link to was a site called wncps.org…. which, for the last few years has had some great information on Western North Carolina public service department (fire/police/ems/etc.) It seems I rarely visit the front [...]

Domesday Book online

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I know, not North Carolina related directly – of course I’d bet some of the ancestors of North Carolinians are recorded in it!! I just saw the news that the Domesday Book has been digitized and now is available for free browsing online. It is at the UK’s National Archives their news announcement is here [...]

Old Maps of New England, New York and Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I know this isn’t directly related to North Carolina Genealogy, however odds are if you’re researching ancestors from NC, you’re looking at ancestors in other parts of the country as well. I ran across this site a bit earlier today while I was in the “Google Sitemaps” group looking at postings. Old Maps of New [...]

The history of Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving day here in the U.S., I thought it might be appropriate to give a historical reference on the day…. The History of Thanksgiving in North America Most people recognize the first Thanksgiving as taking place on an unremembered date, sometime in the autumn of 1621, when the Pilgrims held a three-day [...]

Articles of Confederation

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, commonly known as the Articles of Confederation, formed the first governing document of the United States of America. They combined the colonies of the American Revolutionary War into a loose confederation. The second Continental Congress adopted the Articles on November 15, 1777, after 16 months of debate. The [...]

Wachovia settlement

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Wachovia (Pronunciation: wah-KO-vee-yah) was the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina, near what is now Winston-Salem. The name is an Anglicized form of the German “Wachau,” the name of a lush green region along the Danube River which the settlers felt the land resembled.

Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Moores Creek National Battlefield is managed by the National Park Service of the United States, and is located in North Carolina, about 20 miles (30 km) northwest of Wilmington. It was the site of a small battle between American colonists loyal to the British monarchy, those rebelling against it. It was was one of the [...]

Province of North Carolina

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

The Province of North Carolina was originally part of the Province of Carolina, which was charted by eight Lords Proprietors. First settlement of the North Carolina Colony was in 1653, Charles II of England granted the Carolina charter in 1663 for lands south of Virginia Colony and north of Spanish Florida. The Carolinas were divided [...]

Province of Carolina

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

The Province of Carolina from 1663 to 1729, was a North American British colony. In 1729 the new Province of Carolina was then divided into the Provinces of North and South Carolina.