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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...

Genealogy on YouTube

Genealogy on YouTube

If you're like me, you spent more time watching YouTube in 2020 than you had previously. Some of those months when so many things had seemed to grind to a halt, there was a limited selection of things to do. And regular TV is just boring to me.  Most of the time,...

East Carolina Roots Family Trees Update

East Carolina Roots Family Trees Update

The East Carolina Roots Family Trees section of the site uses genealogy database software and it is sorely in need of some updates. To be honest, I'm not sure at this point (at least not for the foreseeable future) that I'm going to bother with it.  While there are a...

Family Tree Fact Check:  Cason and Averilla Scott

Family Tree Fact Check: Cason and Averilla Scott

Too many researchers conclude Cason and Averilla Scott were husband and wife. I have lost count of the number of trees, forum posts and other media to make this claim. In fact, they were brother and sister. This misapprehension may have begun with a hurricane. The...

West Craven Highlights now digitized and searchable online

West Craven Highlights now digitized and searchable online

If your family is from the Vanceboro area, you will certainly remember the paper that was produced by the Cannon family, West Craven Highlights.  I'm not sure when this was done, but the whole project has now been digitized. You can browse all of the issues or search...

The Poll Results Are In: Here’s what I’m going to do.

The Poll Results Are In: Here’s what I’m going to do.

Earlier, I asked the question: Would you be willing to pay $5/year for access to East Carolina Roots content if all advertising and tracking codes from Google and Facebook were removed from the site? There were a few dozen respondents today and the percentages stayed...

Important Visitor Poll

Important Visitor Poll

Would you be willing to pay $5/year for access to East Carolina Roots content if all advertising and tracking codes from Google and Facebook were removed from the site? THE POLL HAS ENDEDClick here for results. What's this all about? I’m hearing a lot of concern from...