I was doing some research for a patron today whose people moved up to Wilson County from Cumberland County at some point during Wilson’s agricultural boom, and found out that all of Cumberland County’s deeds are digitized and online here at the Cumberland County Register of Deeds website. I knew that Cumberland County had an awesome local history library (they sent me some free books for one thing) but their register of deeds seems to be leading the way for the dissemination of information at the county level in NC. I now decree that every other county in NC should follow their lead!
PS After some use, I have found that it is not easy to navigate unless you know the deed book and the page. So you can’t just put in a name and it will retrieve everything associated with it (unless it is after 1983). Yeah, not ideal, but the very determined person can find what they want.
It’s this Saturday at the main library in Fayetteville, NC.
I believe that we now have all of William L. Byrd’s North Carolina Slaves and Free Persons of Color series.
We also have Volume 2 of this book. I can’t believe that we did not have any Johnston County deed books until now. But you know what we don’t have? Wilson County deed books. No one has ever abstracted them. But guess what? My intern and I are going to start doing that soon.
I have ordered a lot of materials this year but they just trickle through processing, mostly due to turnover. Here are a few that we have got on the shelf this week. The Cumberland County Genealogical Society also recently sent us two deed books that we didn’t have…for free. Yeah I can afford that. So stay tuned for some more updates.
Dougald’s Gaelic Charm
I was perusing the North Carolina Treasures page of the State Archives of North Carolina and found a unique document written by a man name Dougald McFarland circa 1750 in Moore/ Cumberland County. The charm is written primarily in Gaelic and calls upon Callum Cille to protect the bearer against harm. Callum Cille was the Gaelic name for St. Columba, the converter of the Picts to Christianity in the 500’s AD. There were many Scots Highlanders who settled in this region in the 1700’s and one of them was an ancestor of mine named Malcolm MacAlpin(e). This manuscript is an interesting relic of their distinctive culture.