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Researching Apprentice Records

When researching one’s genealogy, an often neglected resource is a county’s apprenticeship bonds. At times, children apprenticed out were poor orphans. Many other times, the children being bound out simply had the misfortune of being born to non-white parents, or of having a father who died without specifying in a will that the children’s mother […]

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“The Return of the Pamlico River Pirates” – Watercolor by Jeffrey Jakub. Painting commissioned by Looking Glass Productions, Inc. (featuring the works of author Kevin Duffus), and Blackbeard Adventure Alliance

Five things you DIDN’T know about Blackbeard

Most of what is known about Blackbeard today goes back to a single source —  A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Charles Captain Johnson (pseudonym), more popularly known as A General History of the Pyrates, published in 1724 and often attributed to Robinson Crusoe author, Daniel Defoe. This is […]


Just because it’s on a sign, doesn’t mean it’s true

If you’re ever in the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, NC and see this sign, just know it’s wrong.  The “Tuscarora War,” which was actually an Indian War that included militants from multiple tribes, wasn’t fought anywhere near the town of  Beaufort. On September 22, 1711, a group of more than 500 men, comprised of Tuscarora, […]


Estate of Martin Whitford (1734-1804), Craven County

Below are documents relating to the estate of Martin Whitford of Craven County. Martin was born in 1734 and lived through both the French and Indian War, as well as the American Revolution. He married Mary Purifoy and they had the following children: David (b. 1764, m. Nancy Stilley) Sally (b. 1765, m. Thomas Smyth) […]

June 1768 calendar

Create a historical calendar, with moon phases

Have you ever wondered what day of the week a historical event happened? Or what about what kind of moon was in the sky during that blustery February in eastern North Carolina when the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge was fought? Well, now you can have your answers. I got the idea to actually plot […]


The Murder of Macon Bryan (ca. 1837-1899)

[Editor’s Note: The following is an article contributed to East Carolina Roots by Anthony Bryan, a descendant of the Bryan family of Vanceboro. You can visit find him here at LinkedIn. If you have an idea about a story, or research that you’d like to contribute, please contact me via this link.] Macon Bryan was murdered […]


Gen-101: 10 Advanced Search Engine Tricks

When you go to Google to search for your ancestors, how do you do it? You may think you know how to search for things on the Internet, but there are some advanced tricks and tips you can employ to take your searches even further. The following are Advanced Search techniques which I have modified […]


FTDNA’s new myOrigins disappoints, but has potential

A week ago, FamilyTreeDNA moved the PopulationFinder module of their FamilyFinder autosomal DNA test out of beta and into its first, full-blown ethnicity percentages-predicting program, which they are now calling myOrigins. While I am a huge fan of the FamilyFinder product, itself, I’m not as much of a fan of the new myOrigins program — […]

Genealogy 101: How to research your family tree

Genealogy 101: How to research your family tree

  You’ve finally decided to start researching your family tree. Congratulations! You are about to embark on a wonderful, exciting, sometimes frustrating, sometimes tearful, but mostly joy-filled journey back into the past to find your ancestors and get to know them. Whatever your reasons for beginning your search, the basics of how to get started are […]