Resources and Links

Resources available with their links.

James McNeely and the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina website is a treasure chest of information. The site describes the State Archives, a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, as functioning to collect, preserve and make available for the public to use historical material.

Searchable databases such as the Manuscript and Archives Records System (MARS catalog) are available online. The blog History for All the People, State Archives of North Carolina blog highlights the work of the staff and interesting things they come across during their work. Such as James McNeely of McDowell County, check it out.

One of the many services available is the Archives Information Circulars, introduction to the resources and areas of research written by the people who know them best – the Archive Staff. Such titles as list below are but a few of the circulars available.

Not only is the State Archives of NC located in Raleigh, but two satielite offices are available, the Outer Banks History Center, that is located in Manteo, on North Carolina’s historic Roanoke Island, documenting the growth of the NC Coast.  The Western Regional Archives is located in Asheville on Riceville road. Collections moved from Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives can be found at Collections.

Getting Started

Amy Grisak, begins her article with a “WARNING” label! Sleep deprivation, walking through cemeteries and obsessive tendencies about scraps of paper when it comes to genealogical research.  The article which appears in the 2013 Farmers’ Almanac is titled Digging up Roots – The INS and OUTS of creating your own family tree.

You can read the article at It does not matter if you are a beginner wanting to know the basics of genealogical research or someone who has researched for a long time and now wanting to get back to the basics..this article is packed full of helpful information.

Thanks, Amy for great information.

Revived Blitz: Postings for McDowell County, NCGenWeb

Today is June 28th, 2013; I want to apologize to everyone for not posting in a long, long, long time.
Life jumped out at me last Spring, May 2012 to be exact, when my eldest son got up the nerve to ask his wonderful girlfriend to marry him. That wedding took place the end of October 2012. Then in December 2012, my other son ask his wonderful girlfriend to marry him and that wedding took place last Saturday. So planning two rehearsal dinners in the last 10 months has occupied my time. Now I am ready to get back into a regular routine. Please accept my apology and promise to do better in the future.

Here is my first post of many to come: Check out the NCGenWeb Project on Facebook.
The North Carolina GenWeb project is dedicated to providing free access to genealogy information. Staffed by volunteers in each NC County, researchers have access to local and regional information.
The NCGenWeb Project is part of the USGenWeb Project. Yes, this group is also volunteer and works to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. As quoted from the USGenWeb site “This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.”

Prologue | Genealogy Notes

Great resources at the National Archives Genealogy Notes website. Such topics as African American History, Boxer Rebellion, Headstones, Immigration, Civil War, prison records and more.

Read about the “The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason: The Case of a “Free Colored” Revolutionary Widow” or their blog filled with many stories rich with genealogy information.

Prologue | Genealogy Notes.

New Resource added to Resource & Links Page

As researchers we are always looking for information of possible resources. Well I have posted a link on the Resources and Links page to the McDowell County Public Library.

The Library has a wealth of information for genealogy researchers. The Marion branch is the main library and houses the Abe Simmons Genealogy and North Carolina History Room, while the Old Fort branch has a section set aside with excellent resources.

Both are worth a trip to explore what resources are available.