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Madison County Genealogical Society Meetings

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Just a note to pass along: the Madison County Genealogy Society holds it’s meetings at 7 PM on the first Monday of the month in Marshall, NC at the Public Library. The program on August 2nd will be on a “Madison County Oral History Project”.

North Carolina Man Specializes in building Flintlock rifles

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Just found this interesting story of a gunsmith that specializes in reproduction of flintlock rifles (the style that was used in the Revolutionary War.) It takes about 500 hours to complete a gun. (Wow!)

Somerset Place | Antebellum North Carolina Plantation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

North Carolina has some wonderful historic sites, one of which is Somerset Place in Washington County. Somerset Place was one of the largest North Carolina Plantations before the Civil War. (The slave population was among the largest in NC). Through most of its existence it was operated by the Collins family. The current Historical Site […]

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 […]

North Carolina’s Outer Banks – True Frontier

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The Outer Banks along the coast of North Carolina are simply amazing. Barrier islands of sand that seem to shift and change with the very winds and seas. If you’ve ever visited the Outer Banks, you know what a feeling it is to know that ocean can lie just a few feet in front of […]

The Dilemma of Online Privacy for the Genealogist

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Another challenge that the online world brings for genealogists is the issue of privacy. Family history researchers as a general rule are very open and willing to share lots of information. At least in the part of the country I live that’s how people are. I don’t know how many times I’ve had someone call […]

Dying Data

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

What if, this moment, as your reading this sentence all of your genealogy data vanished? All your research notes, all the pictures you’ve diligently collected and scanned, all your ancestry and kinship reports? How much time and effort would you have to reconstruct? OK, I know some of you are backing up frequently and are […]

Upcoming New Article Series

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

I want to announce a new article series that I’ll be starting this Tuesday. The series focuses on some of the (many) challenges that the digital age presents for genealogists. It is intended to flesh out and expand an article that I have pending for syndication online. I hope you enjoy the series and the […]

Some Changes Coming Soon.

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

I’ve never been a big fan of “New Year’s Resolutions”. I guess the way I see it, if we want to change the way we do things, there’s no better time to start than right now and turn course and don’t look back. I don’t know, maybe the concept of the New Year’s Resolution seems […]

Comment Spam

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Just cleaning out some comment spam that’s accumulated for the last couple months. Sorry for the mess… if I’ve deleted legit comments, sorry too, but it just takes too much to try and doublecheck them all.