Getting started and
organizing your material are often a frustrating or haphazard task for
the beginner, as well as the more experienced family tracer. This page
is designed to YOU in organizing and doing your research. This page,
like Topsy "just grewed." To help organize it in some manner that might
prove more helpful, the existing files have been regrouped from a purely
aphabetical order into a "group" order.
for Beginners (and others)
for Gathering Family Information
How to begin
On Searching AltaVista.com
Are you using
AltaVista.com to its fullest ability when searching for genealogical information?
Probably not. Like most search engines, searches may be performed using a variety of
methods, depending on how they are worded and how aptly you use all the
bells and whistles.
and charts you can print out
highly recommended as the charts that you can print out are of very high
quality, and you can print out as many as you need, when you need them.
You can download Acrobatic Reader by clicking on the logo. By clicking
on the above link you will be taken to a list of the files available at
used in genealogy. Don't be stumped by them!
what is it? And, an example is given.
calendar? theGregorian calendar? the Old Style (OS) calendar?
the New Style (NS) calendar? the Revolutionary calendar? Our calendar
has not always been the same. Some of these changes have been important
to genealogists. Learn why you sometimes see two years given as birth
of Genealogical Terms
When you encounter
a term you don't understand in old records, you may find it here.
records of genealogical value are kept by county governments, so knowing
which county an ancestor lived in, and also which counties are nearby,
is an important tool of genealogical research in the United States.
BELIEVE ALL YOU READ
As every experienced
genealogical researcher knows (and the beginner soon finds out) there are
many errors in . . . census records, vital records, land records, cemetery
records, even probate records. Published histories and published genealogical
records are often incorrect. . . There are also many fantasies and fairy
tales in published accounts about some of the early Hunt pioneers of America
. . .
In case you
ever wondered why a large number of your family disappeared
during a certain period in history, this might help.
If you are
going to be successful in finding your ancestors, you better look
at those treasured family legends with the cold eye of an investigative
reporter. Legends can lead you astray, and yet, we family historians
cling to them, like favorite toys.
may help you interpret the meaning of drawings on an old tombstone
AND MORTUARY RECORDS
If you are
looking for a woman in the U.S. who died before the 1850 federal census
enumeration, the only information you'll find under her own name might
be on her tombstone or in a cemetery card file. Tombstone inscriptions,
cemetery records, or undertaker records might be the only tangible evidence
of these lives.
breakdown by country of the number of immigrants who passed through Ellis
Island from January 1892 to June 1897, and from 1901 to 1931.
Do you think
you understand you relationship to your kin? Well, look at this example:
Brother - in addition to obvious meaning may also include (1) the husband
of one's sister (2) the brother of one's wife (3) the husband of one's
sister-in-law, (3) half-brother (4) step-brother. Genealogists must also
be aware "brother" may refer to a member of one's church.
stories of some of America's wars that your ancestors may have been involved
one-half of Americans claim to have German ancestors, which accounts for
the great interest in this ethnic group. Additionally, many more of us
probably have German ancestry but are not aware of it because so many of
the German surnames were mutilated beyond recognition or simply were Americanized
along the way.
How to type
umlauts and accent marks into your documents.
You Tried Mailing Lists?
one thing that genealogists need besides records to search through?
They need other genealogists. We need other genealogists partly because
they understand our obsession and don't look at us as though we have gone
totally nuts. But we also need those other genealogists for their
knowledge. Whether it be their knowledge of a particular family line or
their knowledge of a locality, they can help to save you time and frustration.
Of course you know where to find them. And one of the best places
is on mailing lists.
Archives Military Records
many different kinds of military records that were kept. It helps to know
exactly what to ask for, or you may not get all that is available on your
often used a set naming procedure when picking out a name for a new child.
This explains why certain names are VERY common in a given family line.
Watching for these patterns can help in your research.
What Do I Do With All Of This Stuff?
Most of us
really don't have a lot of time to devote to our hobby until after the
kids are grown, out of school and we've retired. Then it is no longer a
hobby, it becomes an obsession. At some point in our continuous search
for dead people, our ancestors, we recognize our own mortality and start
to think about a permanent home for our research. If our children or grandchildren
appear to be interested, we have it made, but frequently that's not the
case. Then what happens to our "stuff"?
ARK ENCOUNTERS THE MAYFLOWER
"Each of us
is 10 generations removed from 256 pairs of seventh great-grandparents.
By the time we are 15 generations removed, we are descended from 16,384
couples. Twenty generations back each of us theoretically can trace our
ancestries to 524,288 sets of seventeenth great-grandparents (that's 1,048,576
Why is a mile
5,280 feet and not some other measure, and exactly how large was the ancestral
property anyhow? If the land measure in an old document was in terms of
perch, chain, and such, it all goes back to Gunter chain, invented in 1620
by an English mathematician.
In 1841, the
population of Ireland was over 8 million people. Over two thirds of these
people were dependent on agriculture for a livelihood., but the condition
of the other third of the population wasn't anything to be envious of!
The survival of the vast impoverished population was dependent on the reoccurring
fruitfulness of the potato and on that alone! The potato, unlike grain,
is extremely perishable and can't be stored.
AND TRAILWAYS TO WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
ROAD and THE GREAT WAGON ROAD including THE GREAT VALLEY ROAD were
the main roads for settlers arriving in our area.
In 1860 travel
in all this region (of Western North Carolina) was rarely
except on urgent and necessary missions.
What did your
medieval ancestors do? Or where did they live? Surnames -- our last names
-- tell a story that has been handed down for hundreds of years, and yet
many people don't know what the story means. Most last names have a unique
history that tells us about the medieval ancestors who gave us our surnames.
What is the meaning of your name? If you don't know, take heart -- most
queries are easily answered.
colonial days, the county has been the basic unit of local government in
Virginia. 1n 1634. the General Assembly in Jamestown established eight
shires, similar to those in England. These were Accomack, Charles City,
Charles River (now York}, Elizabeth City, Henrico, James City, Warrosquyoake
(now Isle of Wight), and Warwick River .... since that tine there have
been many many changes -- some went to West Virginia, others were formed,
to Genealogical Research
Who are the
___?, Sources, Hints, Where to find,
and much more from members of OBCGS's
get past Genealogy Dead Ends
What to do
when you do hit a dead end...
CAROLINA, WNC AND BUNCOMBE CO., AIDS
concern of the North Carolina State Archives is to preserve and protect
the public records of the state of North Carolina and its counties, and
to make these records available to researchers in the Search Room of the
Archives. Discover the Archive's policies and use the link to the NC Archives
Carolina Counties and Socities
societies are an invaluable aid in researching your family tree, especially
if you do not live in the immediate area. Most publish books on the counties
with histories of people and families. They usually publish journals or
newsletters filled with helpful information such as birth, death and cemetery
records. Here are the Socities and some information we have on NC Counties.
Carolina Counties Formations
This is a
link to a chart by Marty Grant (who also has a South Carolina chart available.)
Remember to us your BACK button to return here.
was first explored in early 1524 by Giovanni de Verrazano..." So begins
the story of North Carolina
THE COUNTIES GOT THEIR NAMES
HISTORY OF ASHEVILLE & BUNCOMBE COUNTY
COUNTY'S EARLY YEARS
on the Buncombe County Frontier in the Summer of 1795
Kenneth D. Israel
Troopers in "The Land of the Sky"
by Ted Carter
The Depression years brought some strange characters to Asheville, including
William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Shirts.
Most Western Counties of North Carolina were formed over a period of time.
This file will tell you the formation date of each of the eleven counties
and the parent county that they sprang from.
in the Civil War
-- An article
prepared from a presentation to OBCGS by Dan Slagle. Many of the Western
Carolinians and Eastern Tennessians served their terms of service and many
went AWOL, and some even served on both sides.
County Census -1800
slow loading file is a complete copy of the 1800 Buncombe County Census.
Those families that were in Buncombe County before or on that Census are
considered FIRST FAMILIES OF OLD BUNCOMBE . A
SURNAME lIST of FFOB's may be found here.
Land Entries in Burke Co., NC 1778-1789
in the area
which became BuncombeCo., NC in 1792, by Kenneth D. Israel, PH.D.
A map showing
the Townships in present day Buncombe County.
County, North Carolina, Record of Wills -- Books C-D-E
of the Record of Wills transcribed by Clarence Tillery
How to get
research work done by OBCGS -- schedule of rates, etc. To have a Query
posted on-line, free, check out our Query
Page. Members may have queries posted in our journal, "A Lot of Buncombe"
Non-member fee for the journal queries is $2.00 per query -- limited to
approx. 50 words. See the Index
Page for our snail mail address.
Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Volumes I and II
has published "The Heritage of Old Buncombe County" Volumes I and II. These
encyclopedia size books cover over 500 sketches each of ancestoral background
on persons now living, or who have lived, in the WNC area known as "Old
We, as OBCGS,
belong to the Irish Heritage Association to help you find your Irish ancestors
at a nominal cost.
NC. They were the stone cutters who built Biltmore House; the writers,
who wrote about the mountains and its people; the doctors, whose contributions
allow us to live longer lives today. When they died, many of them were
laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.
" . . . The
reformers were joined in their efforts to promote allotment by groups that
wanted each Indian to have title to a piece of land so that the Indians
could be persuaded or swindled into renting or selling it . . . Congress
eventually was persuaded by the combined forces of good intentions and
basic greed to pass the General Allotment Act, which was signed into law
on February 8, 1887."
Information, Research Sources, Etc.
Family History Centers
This is a
listing of LDS Family History Centers generated from data sent by the Family
History Center address submission form. The listing is nowhere near complete
and readers are invited to submit information about any FHC's with which
they are familiar.
Olivia Raney Library, Raleigh, NC
is a research center for local and family history. It specializes in Wake
County. However, its holdings are not limited to Wake County. One of the
items I found useful was the Soundex for North Carolina.
used on the 1910 Census
Terms and Abbreviations
Language of Heraldry
an heraldic language adopted by early heralds to regulate and control the
use of colors, charges, and so on. This language was originally in
French and Latin and still uses words from these languages. Blazon
totally and precisely describes a coat of arms in such a way that there
is no room for doubt or confusion.
Are you one of her descendants?
of events of the American Revolution.
Time Table of Slavery
War of 1812 ~ Events & Causes
A Chronology of the
Events, Dates and Causes and Effects of the War of 1812