Voices from the Past is a website dedicated to the Burgin family. From all over the world, they come in July, to reunite in McDowell County. Traveling back to the soil of their ancestors, bringing to life the stories told at the knee of their grandparents. An easy, humor-laced read, the site is chocked full of the Burgin family […]
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October Is American Archives Month! Everyday activity creates an archival record. Today the majority is created digitally…..computer, iPad, iPhone and camera are examples of digital record creation. In years past, written documentation was the primary record…..birth, marriage and death certificates; last wills and testaments; deeds and maps. An archival record, per the Society of American […]
Check out this link to a great article titled “Digging Up Roots“. It is posted in the Farmer’s Almanac.
The internet is packed full of information about the war, its history, its heroes, campaigns, memorials and much more. Searching sites is the most difficult, for several reasons. The site may or may not be indexed. If it is not indexed it is more difficult to search, but is not impossible. On Windows, the keystroke […]
1890 Veterans Schedule Index: McDowell County Township Veteran Broad River Township Robert Lankford Susan Learcy ~ Widow John S Leakey Crooked Creek Township Albert L Bird William Gultharie James M Bradly ~ Deceased Alney B Halford Philadelphia Bradly ~ Widow Francis M Harris Benjamin M Burgen William Hogan Joseph T Burgin James D Jackey […]
The maps at the USGenWeb Archives Maps Library are great visuals for counties lines and in what time period. This will help you locate where you should search for a particular reside during a particular time period. In reviewing some of these North Carolina maps from the UNC Library collection, I noticed names of “homesteads”, creeks and mountains […]
One of the special projects of the USGenWeb Volunteers is collections of North Carolina penny post cards from each of the counties. Check here for the postcards from McDowell County.
A few resources for McDowell County are available at DigitalNC website. The site is dedicated to the digital history of North Carolina. On the McDowell County page, city directories for the years, as well as a few of the earlier Marion Newspapers. Marion Messenger (Marion, N.C.)NEWSPAPER Marion Progress (Marion, N.C.)NEWSPAPER Marion Record (Marion, N.C.)NEWSPAPER
As the family story is told, my mother, Eunice Davis Burgin’s eldest brother, Paul L. Davis was killed in Germany during WWII. We do not know the story of his death. We don’t even know if the coffin returned to his parents held his remains. When his father was ask about not knowing, it is […]
I am trying to find obituaries and wills for John Wilkie Craig and Elizabeth Mary Gillespie who are probably my 2nd great grandparents. They lived and died in McDowell County in Marion Township. I believe they lived about 4 miles northwest of Marion near Tom’s Creek. They are buried in the Craig Family Cemetery that […]