Do you happen to have a carpenter in your family tree? How about a blacksmith? A bricklayer? Or any of 127 different crafts practiced in the American South (coopers NOT included, more's the pity). This is your lucky day! I have just stumbled over this bit of magic! The The MESDA Craftsman Database is an awesome resource. Search to Discover As a I often do, I was running … [Read more...] about Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) Craftsman Database Search
Early Colonial Records
It's time for some myth-busting. There are a couple of persistent ones that surround this family. "Thomas Laughinghouse came to America about 1750..." The first comes down to us via Henry T. King's Sketches of Pitt County: There are several problems with this statement: "…Thomas Laughinghouse came to America about 1750 he left his brothers engaged in the wholesale … [Read more...] about Laughinghouse Mythology
I've been researching a bunch of different things lately and I'm trying to compartmentalize them into a handful of posts that might be helpful (and easily accessible) in the future. This will be the first in a series of random items for random families I've spent time researching. Items below include abstracts from Dr. A.B. Pruitt, Dr. Stephen Bradley, Elizabeth Moore and … [Read more...] about Research Hodge Podge – Part 1
In trying to make sense of the connections between the Rountree and Wallace families, I'm finding I need to dig deep into the available documents. It appears there is some erroneous information on Ancestry and other sites relating to Thomas Rountree, his children, and grandchildren — in particular, relating to Thomas's daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Rountree is said by some to … [Read more...] about Will of Thomas Rountree (Chowan County) – 1748
The following items are pulled from the North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, 2, & 3. I've only chosen items that predate 1800, as my own research focus related to the Rountree family is in the early 18th century. Feel free to add more information in the comments if you have it. The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1 … [Read more...] about Early Rountree (Roundtree) Items – Mostly Chowan County
How early were your ancestors in North Carolina? If they were here prior to the War of Independence, then it might be worthwhile to check the Moseley Map for their names, or at least their surnames. The Moseley Map was created in 1733 by Edward Moseley (1682-1749), who was Surveyor General of North Carolina from 1710 — just after the famous John Lawson — and was marketed … [Read more...] about Many early North Carolina families are named on the Moseley Map (1733). Is one of them yours?
If your genealogical research has largely been limited to Ancestry.com, the NC GenWeb and perusing county records at your local library, court house or Register of Deeds, then perhaps it's time to go a bit deeper with your research. If you can take your ancestors back before the mid-1800s, then you might need to start researching in the Colonial and State Records of North … [Read more...] about How do your ancestors fit into North Carolina history?
The following are much like the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, however, these are British records. They are relating specifically to people, places and events from the Crown's perspective during the early colonial era. Documents Relating to the Settling of Virginia (a portion of which later became identified as Carolina, and presently, North Carolina) … [Read more...] about Calendar of State Papers – A little known resource that can be a treasure trove