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WARNING! Be cautious using ChatGPT for genealogy research

WARNING! Be cautious using ChatGPT for genealogy research

https://youtu.be/Njxpxpbmjx4 I love technology and I'm always up for trying new things. Last month, I used ChatGPT — a site I have used many times since its launch — in an attempt to do some creative genealogy research. The results are nothing short of a bad trip by...

True Stories from Colonial North Carolina

True Stories from Colonial North Carolina

I was recently asked by Wake County Public Libraries to give a virtual Zoom presentation on fascinating but little known facts about colonial North Carolina history. In this presentation, I talked about the Lost Colony, the Tuscarora War and how it led directly to the...

NC Tax Lists at NC Digital Collections

NC Tax Lists at NC Digital Collections

It's always a good idea to look at original records yourself. More than once, I've seen a transcription that gets a name wrong and seeing the original document winds up solving a mystery. If you haven't already seen them, there are plenty of tax list images over at NC...

1779 Craven County Tax List

1779 Craven County Tax List

Below is a transcription of names found on the 1779 Tax List. These original scans can be found here at the NC Digital Collections Site. I am not transcribing all of the property values, only the names. If you see a name that is of interest to you, just find the...

John Vendrick, his wife, and his mother

John Vendrick, his wife, and his mother

About a week ago, I was poking around in Currituck County land records. I don't even remember why. While skimming through the index, I stumbled over something, or someone, unexpected. John Vindrick! That's right! A Vendrick in Currituck. I was every bit as astonished...

The Muddle that is John Vendrick, Sr.

The Muddle that is John Vendrick, Sr.

The Reverend Joshua Kocherthal baptized John Vendrick in New York on 25 Aug 1710 (The Book of Names: Especially Relating to the Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the Mohawk Valley by Lou D. MacWethy, p. 23). He may have been born there or on the voyage. His...