Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Wake County Bible Records Online

All Bible records held by the State Archives are now described in their online catalogThey have been digitized and the images and transcriptions are available as  part of the North Carolina Digital Collections.

Once you access the Family Record link above, you can search by Wake or any other county. At the left side of the page, you will find a "Format" box that will allow you to focus only on the bible records. You can search for a particular family by using the "Title" box drop down menu also on the left side bar.  

The Wake County Bible section includes 190 record groups at this writing including names that have long been a part of Wake County history. You will find records for the families of Etheldred and Jane Jones, Col. Matthew and Sarah Lane McCullers, Col. William Hinton, and so many more. I ran into records for both maternal and paternal sides of a good friend just browsing the list! 
The records span colonial times through 1989. 

I found my old friends Needham Price and his sister Schaharazade Price Mial (Wake Gen Watch,1.2 p.6) while browsing the Mial bible. See screen clip below.

Mial Family Bible Records, image 1

It is worth a browse through the digitized bible records in the NC Digital Collections whether you restrict your research to Wake County or expand your focus across all NC Counties. Happy Hunting.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wake Wednesday - A Book for the Wake-ophiles in the crowd

I happened upon this little book about Wake County one day when I was researching something specific. This popped up in the google search and stole a couple hours of my afternoon. Thought you might like to take a look!. 

Historic Wake County: The Story of Raleigh and Wake County, by K. Todd Johnson.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Reminder: Next WCGS Virtual Meeting - Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30pm

There is still time to register for this event.

Tuesday, Jul 23 @ 6:30pm - Virtual
Topic:  People Not Property
Speaker: Tammy Brunner,   Wake County Register of Deeds

What are slave deeds and what can we learn from them? "Slave deeds" are property deeds--bills of sale, deeds of trust, divisions of property--registered with county courts and registers of deeds that contain information about enslaved individuals. Sometimes these individuals are listed only by number, but more often they are listed by name and age, providing invaluable historical information for historians and genealogists. Learn about the work of the Wake County Register of Deeds and the People Not Property project that helped pull out these names and information about these sometimes forgotten people. 
Join us!  Free and virtual!

*Please register by 4pm day of meeting.
*Please save your passcode and link for ease of entry at start time.
*Check in between 6:00 and 6:30 for chat, social time and questions!

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Upchurch and Allied Families Association Newsletter - July 2024

For those of you following UAFA, here is the latest news. 

Click on the link below to open the latest Footprints, the Upchurch and Allied Families newsletter. 

July 2024

This edition includes:

  • the Upchurch Letters at Magdalene College in Cambridge, England
  • the UAFA Open House
  • the Arkansas Digital Archives.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Saving Oberlin Village

"Oberlin was not part of Raleigh. It was a proud freestanding, self-sufficient community of former slaves, free blacks, and their descendants, founded after the Civil War. In 1914, a New York newspaper described Oberlin as 'a unique little village of nearly twelve hundred inhabitants. The neat-looking buildings are artistically painted, and the front yards are planted with rose bushes and other shrubberies.' Oberlin actually surpassed Raleigh on some measures of homeownership and education." 
- News and Observer, Nov. 2019

For a glimpse at the history of Oberlin Village, its residents,  and a look inside at some of the homes visit the Saving Places blog post from the National Trust for Historic Preservation here

.Restored Parlor of the Graves Fields House, Oberlin Village. 

A collection of interviews describes the life, residents and restoration of the village and various homes.

“Everything that I am, and everything that I became, is because of that house and what happened in that house.... The house was opulent. There were all kinds of rugs, the best of everything, [My grandfather] wanted his kids and grandkids to have the best—to tell them, ‘this is what you should expect.”   

 -Andria Fields, granddaughter of Spurgeon and Jeanette Fields 

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Independence Day Celebration 1800

How were they acknowledging and celebrating Independence Day in Wake County in 1800? 

Here is an account from the from the Weekly Raleigh Register dated July 8, 1800.  Bear in mind that this particular celebration was 24 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776), 17 years after the end of the Revolutionary War (1783) and 13 years after the signing of the U. S. Constitution (1787). The memories and experiences of the town folk were living, breathing things. They were very serious about their accomplishment as they should be. It seems to be a reverant and dignified event. I am glad to see the sixteen toasts were interspersed with patriotic songs so everyone could pace themselves. I guess you could say  it was also a "spirited" celebration.

You can read directly at the Raleigh Register here, and view the Declaration as it was read at the event on page 1.

Happy Independence Day to all of our readers.

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