I’ve spent a lot of time researching in Rowan County. I’ve found people there to generally be friendly, patient, and willing to help. Much of my research has focused on a specific line, and how that line moved from Maryland around 1776, into Rowan County, by 1800. There are a number of fabulous resources online, and I thought I’d make a list from my collection.
So here goes:
- The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina includes documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina’s settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.
- One great resource that is free and is completely on Googlebooks is the Roster of Soldiers From North Carolina in the American Revolution with an Appendix Containing A Collection of Misc. Records. This book was compiled by the DAR and can be used for Proof of Service for entry into that organization.
- The State Archives of North Carolina are online. Use the MARS catalog link on the menu on the left side of the page to start your search. Instructions on how to get the information copied and sent to you is on the site.
- While local libraries are not often of use, theGenealogy Section at the library in Salisbury, NC is a treasure. It covers everything which was in Rowan County when it covered the middle to western part of the state, before other counties were split from it. If you need copies mail, they will gladly assist you for a reasonable fee, but visiting is the best way to immerse yourself into the depths of their catalog.
- Published in 1916, A History of Rowan County provides a great deal of information of the early years and early settlers.
- One more book searchable through Google is NC Patriots 1775-1783: Their Own Words, Volume 2, Part 1 which includes State Units – military units from North Carolina which were not included in the Continental Line, the Militia, and State Regiments.
Today in their mail out, the National Archives wrote:
On this date in 1802, Washington, DC was incorporated as a city. Since that time, our nation’s capital has hosted some of the most historic events in American history. From the arrival of the B&O Railroad to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the District of Columbia has a rich history. What is your favorite moment in DC history?
Well, I have to say, my favorite moment is being born in DC! For so many years, when filling out forms, trying to explain I had no state to use, or no city if I used DC as the state, was an adventure! Times have changed, and at least most of the time, I can claim my birth city. But DC isn’t a state, even though they function like one in many ways.
Like any other state (even though DC isn’t one), you have to go through them to order vital records. The address in DC is:
Department of Health
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Also, DC doesn’t process requests online. Like many other states, you have to go through VitalChek at vitalchek.com if you want to place your request online.
A lot of this and that will go into this post. Catching up with a lot of things at once, so here goes.
Recent research has centered on getting a connection to pre-1687 in Virginia established for a lady who is attempting to get into one of the lineage organizations. Some fairly strict requirements is leading to not only indirect proof, but also a fairly lengthy analysis of the documentation to provide the proper information. As she is the last of her maiden-name line, this is pretty important to her, and I’ve been really working hard trying to accumulate every scrap of information documented and accounted for.
Another project that’s taken time recently is being asked to present a workshop to a group of about 50 people in two weeks. While giving the workshop is something I’ve done before, this group has had me attending meetings prior to the workshop and going over the information I plan on presenting, then asking for specific information to be included, and deeming other information unnecessary. It’s a strange feeling: almost as if they want to give the workshop, and just have someone else actually lead it. I’ll try to keep you posted on how it works out.
And in the middle of all this, the state conference for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) took place, which was just about a week away from home. And while I don’t get any genealogy work actually done while I’m there, I do get to visit with others who research, and we are able to swap information and updates. Sometimes you just need to spend time with friends, and my DAR friends are some of the best.
Lastly, I hope by now everyone’s heard that the 1940 United States census is available. But… it’s not indexed yet. So we’re back to scanning images manually until it can be indexed. You’ll need to know about where the family lived so you can search geographically. There are maps that outline the enumeration districts for the census already online. (Yes, it is being indexed, but it will probably be months before there’s easy lookups.) If you’d like to be an indexer – and possibly find someone in your family! – you can sign up at https://the1940census.com/