County Records Guide

The North Carolina State Archives is an overwhelming, treasure trove of information for the genealogy researcher. My visit to the archives was too short! I was there about 4-5 hours. The problem – I didn’t knwo what to expect or how to plan for the visit. I hope the information below will help you make […]

Horrible Affray

A Horrible Affray Contributed by: Elaine Kahler According to the Asheville News, NC, October 2, 1862: “A horrible affray took place in this town on last night, between J.C. Neal and John Isbell, which resulted in slightly wounding J.C. Neal in the head with a pistol ball, and in killing John Isbell dead on the […]

African-American Research

The NCGenWeb is dedicated to free genealogy research. They are currently collecting resources on African-American genealogy. Check out the following sites that are filled with rich information: NCGenWeb site on African-American Special Projects. Tom Blake’s Slave Data is one of the largest list of slave holders in 1860 and census for 1870 If you have African […]

Historical Markers in McDowell County

According to the “Guide to North Carolina Highway Historical Markers” there are 6 historical markers located along the highways in McDowell County, NC. They are as follows: Frontier Fort (N-31) that is located on Main Street (US 70) in Old Fort. Approved in 1956. Andrew’s Geyser (N-37) located on state road 1400 (Old US 70 […]