Resources and Links

Resources available with their links.

NC Live Resources for Genealogy Research

Library Card holders for the state of North Carolina, has access to mass collection of resources that is just a click away!

NCLIVE is an online library, accessed free for NC library card holders. Just think of the genealogy information that is housed in the online database.

Browse through eBooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, maps, articles…..oh my!

After logging in with your library card, under browse (top left of screen), scroll down to find Genealogy & Historical Maps.

Genealogy & Historical Maps has then been divided into the following categories:

  • ArchiveGrid (going away in December 2014)
  • DigitalNC
  • HeritageQuest
  • Sanborn Maps (North Carolina)

Through these categories, you will have access to record information pertaining to births, deaths, cemeteries, history and culture of NC; special collections through NC libraries, archives and museums. A mass collection, all at the tip of your fingertips!

Check it out at NCLIVE and discover the wealth of information!

1901 Pension Applications Online for McDowell County

History for All the People  is a NC State Archives blog that has recently posted a blog about the 1901 Confederate Pensions project.

Through the Digital Access division of the department, they have begun scanning and uploading the Pension Applications Online.

You can access the site at North Carolina Digital Collections 1901 Confederate Pension Application Online. You can browse all the applications or type in surname of interest or McDowell County for results. (Or any of the 100 NC Counties)

Currently there are approximately 200 images for McDowell County, NC. Remember to bookmark and check back often as this is an ongoing project, only about 4,500 0f the 35,000 are completed.

Tutorial Series: Handling Family Papers

The NC State Historical Records Advisory Board, the State Archives of North Carolina, supported by National Historical Publications and Records Commission have produced a series of videos about the care and handling of family papers.

These are free, run about 10 minutes each and can be accessed below or at UpFront with NGS:

#1, Identifying and Protecting Essential Family Records
#2, General Paper Preservation Tips
#3, Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers
#4, The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs
#5, Managing and Preserving Digital Images

US GenWeb: A Top Research Site

Family Tree Magazine recently (7/28/14) listed the top 101 best websites for United States genealogy research for 2014.

Under the Best US Genealogy Websites, US GenWeb is commended as a free volunteer site, with almost 20 years of service and is an essential for individual state and county pages.

Also listed in the 25 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners is the USGenWeb Project

Exciting news, CONGRATULATIONS US GenWeb!

CONGRATULATIONS, researchers on having FREE access to genealogy information!

Voices From the Past

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 history beginning with one of the first Burgins’ to arrive in America to current information on the up-coming Burgin-Lytle Family reunion.

From Pioneer Ben to the Burgin Quilt history, the facts, photos and stories will enlighten, encourage and bring you closer to the Burgin family.


October Is American Archives Month!

Everyday activity creates an archival record. Today the majority is created digitally…, 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 Archivist  “are the non-current records of individuals, groups, institutions, and
governments that contain information of enduring value.”  Archives are the repository where the records are maintained and preserved.

What do you have that is of “enduring value” that you would like to preserve for the research and enjoyment of future generations? Contact your local library, museum or historical society to find out how to best maintain your records for generations to come.

McDowell County in the Digital World

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.