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Revolutionary Veteran James Baggett honored

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

A new grave marker was unveiled amid ceremony to honor the military service of Revolutionary War veteran James Baggett. He was born in North Carolina in 1756 and moved to Tennessee in the early 1800s with his family. More details about the ceremony and James Baggett are available through this article.

Western North Carolina Cicada (Locust) Invasion Update

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I thought I’d take another sidetrip from the usual Genealogy and History content to talk about “the bugs” again. Back in May I saw the first of the 17 year cicadas (locusts) emerging and mentioned them here. Well, they’re now probably at or just passing their peak for this cycle. They have been in full […]

Luther Bible donated to Mars Hill College

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

This great news story crossed the wires over the weekend. Elfriede Wilde, who previously lived in Henderson County, NC (and before that had emigrated from Germany) has donated a 1686 Luther Bible to Mars Hill College. The Bible had been passed down to her from her Grandfather and he had acquired it from a friend […]

Genealogy Web Workshop in Charlotte area at Monroe Library June 2

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The Monroe Library in the Charlotte area will be having a workshop of sorts helping introduce people to the different methods of genealogy research online. The meeting/workshop will be at 6:30PM on June 2nd in the Griffin Room, considerable time will be spent using Heritage Quest’s census records. Some computer experience is recommended and a […]

Henderson County Library Genealogy Meeting Saturday May 24

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Just a quick note to pass along a meeting this Saturday (the 24th) in Henderson County, NC. The meeting will be 10 AM until Noon. (From the Blue Ridge Now Community Calendar.) Western North Carolina Society of Genealogical Research will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 24, in the Kaplan Auditorium of […]

2007 WNC Calendar

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

It’s been a busy few days, I’ve published a cd of traditional hymns done as “chimes” at and also, I’ve just put the finishing touches on a calendar for 2007 as well. I’ve used photos from the last year or so of some of the great outdoor views here and there around Western North […]

Google Base for Genealogy?

Monday, September 11th, 2006

This post in the Official Google Base blog comes from a Googler that got interested in uploading his family genealogy into Google Base. (Google Base is a web-based database approach from Google that many people use for a variety of purposes… businesses can upload lists of items for sale, bloggers can list articles on their […]

Migration patterns, South Carolina research workshop and finding your Revolutionary War ancestors

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

The Asheville Citizen times brings this writeup which covers several topics of interest. First, attention is paid to the migration patterns of the early settlers of Western North Carolina and the importance of land records in tracing some of these pioneers. The Liles/Lyles family is singled out….

Family pictures and facial recognition?

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I just took a short look at which seems to offer a few services that might be interesting for the genealogist. For one, they have Genealogy software and you can create family pages on the site, which is not really a new concept. However, they do offer facial recognition of faces in pictures. I’m […]

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 […]