National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference

Last week I was fortunate to be able to attend the National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference. It was held in Raleigh this year, so it was only 15 minutes from my house. Very convenient!

Most of the speakers were experts in their field, and some were the expert in their field.  I mostly concentrated on the DNA, Scots Irish, and the international connections sessions with a few other subjects thrown in.

Luckily for our library, we have a tireless local genealogical society and they were generous enough to buy us many books from the vendors in the exhibit hall.

I recommend anyone with a passion for genealogy to attend one of these conferences. It will add to your skill set and take your craft to higher level. Also, nice people, food, and coffee.

The indomitable Betty Bachelor.

Victorian calling cards for sale.

Exhibit hall

A packed session.

Three New Books

New Books

A few new books donated from the Genealogical Society.

  1. White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records
  2. Richmond County, VA Marriages, 1668-1853
  3. Emigration to other States from Southside Virginia, Volume 2

One of the books has a problematic and misleading title, White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records.
These kidnapped children were not chattel slaves but indentured servants.  They may have been stolen from the streets of London or other large cities in the British Isles and most likely led hard and sometimes short lives, but at some point after they were either adopted or served out their indenture they would have been admitted into the population as full citizens as all white indentured servants in America were.  This is quite unlike the fate of enslaved Native Americans and African Americans, who had no rights and could never become full citizens.  So maybe the title should be Children Kidnapped from the British Isles and taken to the Mid-Atlantic States of North America to be  Indentured Servants: Birth and Shipping Records.

But, that being said, it is great that the author has compiled these records, because this is certainly an important genealogical resource for a group that has been overlooked in history.

WCPL Local History and Genealogy Room: Now with Even More New Books!

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The Wilson County Genealogy Society must really like me because they just gave me thirteen more new books  (Sure, they like me well enough, but they really want to support Wilson County’s awesome library)!

This combined with the sixteen books they gave me a couple of weeks ago brings the number to 29.  And if you think that this gift giving is going to stop on an odd number you are so wrong, for the local DAR is donating the new Edgecombe County Cemetery book, bringing the number of books donated in the past month to 3o, which, I am very sure, is a round number.

If you haven’t noticed, all of the books are by Stewart Dunaway, a very prolific transcriber whom I have met at the yearly Family History Fair held every Fall at the State Library of North Carolina.  Mr. Dunaway is going to be speaking next Tuesday, March 3, 7 PM at the Wilson County Genealogy Society meeting and I am sure it going to be a great program.