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!


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.

Craig, John Wilkie

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 is (at least in 1995) located near where their farm was located on Tom’s Creek. Following is info about them:

John Wilkie Craig (b. 8 May 1797 in Burke (now McDowell), Co. — d. 23 Nov 1884 in McDowell, Co)

Elizabeth Mary Gillespie (b. 6 May 1799 in Burke (now McDowell) Co. – d. 3 Sep 1877 in McDowell County, Co.)

I am also trying to prove that Martha Caroline Craig (b. 1820 in McDowell County – d. 27 Dec 1892 in Fremont County, CO) was their daughter.

I would appreciate any information about how to obtain obituaries and wills or other information about this family.  If I can arrange it, my wife and I may travel to McDowell County in the next year or so for research, but for now I was hoping I could obtain this information on the Internet or by mail.  Thanks for any help.

Thank you, Stan Walker                     Walnut Creek, CA

Sullivan, William

We are researching William H Sullivan and Wife Elizabeth Ernest. Sullivan, William married Elizabeth Ernest in Marion, McDowell July 19, 1845, the “bondsman” was Edward Sullivan. I would love to know if this is our William H. Sullivan and who Edward was, a brother a father? Any suggestions? We have no other back records only forward ones from Louisiana where William and Elizabeth lived.  We are not even sure Elizabeth Ernest is the correct name of William’s wife, but records do indicate he lived or was born in North Carolina

Contact Sylvia Tucker

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.

Post with three pictures

Last October, I received this email from Joe and I am posting this just as it was written. This great information, Joe , I thank you for sharing.

All of these folks were from McDowell County. Attached you will find three pictures and some text for each as was provided to my by Jim Padgett (deceased) of McDowell County. If you have any questions please give me a holler and please feel free to forward this information to anyone and everyone. I hope someone can identify more of the people in these photos. At some point, I will send you my file on my Mode/Dover/Padgett material.

Picture 1: According to Jim Padgett, this picture is of Jacob G. Padgett, who served in Co. B, 22nd Regiment, North Carolina

Jacob G. Padgett
Jacob G. Padgett

Troops, C.S.A. When Jacob G. Padgett volunteered for the Civil War, a discription of him was written on his enlistment papers. He was 6′ tall, with black hair and dark eyes. This is Margaret Padgett Dover’s brother. His cousin, James Albert Padgett, was listed as being 6′ 1″ tall with black hair and dark eyes. Jacob married Julia Ann Chapman. He died in 1879 in the hospital of valvular heart disease.

Padgett Kinfolk
Padgett Kinfolk

Picture 2: Jim Padgett said that, “Nobody can identify these men. This was a tin-type photo. This photo came out of my great aunt’s belongings after she died, so I know they are kin. One of these men is in the big family group picture with Lemuel Padgett and Margaret McFarlan.

Lemuel Padgett-seated-2nd wife Margaret E. McFarlanPicture 3: According to Jim Padgett of Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, the only two people that he could identify in this picture are the two sitting down. They are Lemuel Padgett and his second wife, Margaret E. McFarlan. Margaret only had one

Martha. The man with the hat on the left is in another picture that I will post. This was a tintype photo and was made before 1870 as Lemuel died in 1870. Jim said the other people could be Dovers, Modes, or Padgetts. This photo is Margaret Padgett Dover’s father and step-mother.sister,

When Margaret McFarlan Padgett filed for Lemuel’s pension for the War of 1812, she put down that he was 6′ tall with black hair and dark eyes and so it carried down to my grandfather who was 6’2″ tal, dark hair, and to my father who ws 6′ tall with dark hair and dark eyes, to me (Jim Padgett) who was 6’6″ tall.

From Jim Padgett came a letter with this explanation: This was written to my Grandfather (Daniel Padgett) He was Jacob G. Padgett’s son. Jacob Padgett was Margaret Padgett’s brother, their mother and father were Susan Ricketts and Lemuel Padgett. The man who signed this letter was A.G. Higgins. His father was a commander in Co. B, 22nd Regiment of North Carolina, C.S.A. Jim says, “This letter is how I came to find that Margaret had married William Dover.” The line that says “Your mother knew Aunt Margaret” The mother was the mother of Daniel Padgett. She was Jacob’s wife, Julia Ann Chapman Padgett. The John Dover in this letter married Naomi? They had a daughter named Jane Dover who married Robert H. Garden or Gordin.

The letter says:
Mr. Dan Padgett,
R.D. 4 Marion, N.C.

James A. (Albert) Padgett was the son of Margaret Padgett Dover, a half-brother to Guss (Augustus C. Dover) and John Dover. Your aunt knew him before she married Mr. Dover (William Dover) He (James A. Padgett) as a young man, 19, joined my father’s Company B, 22nd Regiment (North Carolina-C.S.A.) as a volunteer. Went to Virginia and was killled by a mortal wound in the thigh at Seven Pines battle in Virginia May 31, 1862. This stone is just to be put up as a memorial stone. He was buried in Virginia on the battle field. Your mother knew Aunt Margaret and Guss and John Dover. Kindest regards to you and your family. A.G. Higgins (On letterhead of A.F. Newton-Register of Deeds of Cleveland County- Shelby, North Carolina)

The Guss Dover (Augustus C. Dover) mentioned in this letter married my great great grandmother, Mary Jane Mode, circa 1870 and they had a number of offspring in McDowell County before removing to Cocke County, Tennessee. Mary Jane Mode Dover had my great grandfather, John Thomas Mode, in 1867 in McDowell County. We believe he was illegitimate and DNA tests have revealed that his father was most likely a Rogers and possibly a Clay.
August was the son of William and Margaret Padgett Dover.