So this is my new blog focusing on genealogy, history and all things ancestral. I want to share ideas on research techniques, preserving family artifacts and breaking down brick walls. Located in western North Carolina, my business, Edith Garrett & Associates, Inc., is focused on conducting research on families and their descendants who settled in these mountains. They are resilient, hardworking and talented people who live here and I find it endlessly interesting to read about their lives. In this blog I will describe new resources, unusual research techniques and first hand experiences working in genealogy.
Note – my friend Jay Maveety let me know that there are new records on familysearch.org in the North Carolina section. You’ll find new listings under Civil Action Records, County Marriages, Estate Files and Freedmans’ Bureau Records all updated in March, April and May of this year.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to the home page, click on “Search” and scroll all the way down the page. At the bottom you will see a list of countries so click on “United States” and on the next page scroll down the left side and click on “North Carolina”. Now you will see a list of genealogical records from the state. In the column on the right, you can see dates showing when they were posted or the last time they were updated.
When you click on a record collection, you can search by county or, if they haven’t been organized, you’ll have to search page by page. These records are generally not indexed so many of them will not show up in a name search. The records are from microfilm so you will need some time when you want to look through them. Records from all 50 states are here so check them out.
I’ll be posting at least once a week and I hope you’ll chime in with your own comments, experiences and suggestions. Happy hunting!