March 13, 2015

Searching for Ancestors in Ireland: Wake County Genealogical Society Meeting March 27

"Searching for Ancestors in Ireland"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7 p 
Join us Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610

Come join us to hear from three Wake County Genealogical Society members (Judy Rysdon and Ann & John Myhre) who researched their ancestry in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the past year. Discussion will include the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin and several places in Northern Ireland: PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland), the Linen Reading Room in Belfast, St. Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry, and the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, as well as online resources for Ulster. One speaker will also tell about meeting his cousin and visiting the house where their mutual ancestors had lived.

All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during  social time after the presentation.

Stancil gives program on finding family histories, March 19, 2015

From the Kenly News, March 11, 2015:

Those who missed the Historical Society program given by Vann Stancil last Thursday night can still learn about how to find family histories on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the second session.
Stancil will go over ways to find family information and the resources available, such as websites and cemeteries. There will also be a question and answer time.
For more information about the program to be held at the museum in downtown Kenly, call Betty Pope at the Kenly Library at 919-284-4217.

(Kenly is in Johnston County, NC.)

March 7, 2015

Macon McNair Stancil, 1924 - 1954

Montlawn Cemetery, Raleigh, NC
My paternal uncle, Macon McNair STANCIL, was born 16 Oct 1924 in Johnston County, NC as the second child of Jesse Bernard STANCIL and Ada Lou JOHNSON. 

His nickname was "Little Joe".

He had five siblings:  Jesse Roland, Eric Ray, Cecil Braxton, Edith Cavelle, and Carl Donald. 

Macon was employed as a N.C. State Prison Guard and he also worked at famed Cooper's BBQ in Raleigh, NC.

He was counted in the census in 1930 in Wake County, NC at age 5. He was also counted in the census in 1940 in Wake County, NC at age 15. 

When he was 18, Macon registered for the draft as required by law. However, he did not serve likely due to his health issues.


He died on 19 Dec 1954 in Wake County, NC from diabetes. He was buried on 21 Dec 1954 in Wake County, NC at Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh.




February 28, 2015

Thomas Johnson and Ann Allen Marriage Bond, 1822

Thomas Johnson and Ann Allen were married October 11, 1822 in Johnston County, NC. 

Bondsman was Benjamin Bell.

February 10, 2015

Wake County Genealogical Society February Meeting: Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library

"Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Public Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610

Saundra R. Cropps, Library Manager at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, will give a presentation on the wealth of resources the library has to offer to those doing genealogical research.  The collection includes items relating to Wake County, to North Carolina, and much much more.  Come learn what you might have been missing, or where you can get started.

All Wake County Genealogical Society meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during  social time after the presentation.

February 1, 2015

Granville County Beaver Dam School Census (NC)

The Granville County Beaver Dam School Census is undated but probably from about 1840. Several of my direct ancestors appear on the census.

Beaver Dam was a rural farming district in very southern Granville County very near the Wake County line. It first came into use about 1778.

I've seen the document when researching at the NC Archives. Sure wish I'd made a copy of it! It's a real treasure to me because it lists three different families in my direct line:

  • Israel Dillard (my 3rd great grandfather) had three children enrolled:  Eliza (Elijah?), Narcissa, and Cornelia (my 2nd great grandmother).  
  • John Davis (my 3rd great grandfather) had three children enrolled: Sugar, Mary, Johnathan (my 2nd great grand father who married Cornelia, above), Sary, and Precilla
  • Nancy Allen (my 4th great grandmother) had two children enrolled: Joseph (my 3rd great grandfather) and Mary
  • Sherod Wilson (my 4th great grandfather) had 7 children enrolled: Nancy, Malissa, Sarah, William, John, Betsy, and Amanda. 
I'm pretty sure I can also draw a dotted line to many of the other families on the census.  But it's very cool to see FOUR of my direct lines on this one document.

Just SO cool!

January 29, 2015

Ancestry Family Trees

I read a lot of chatter on the various forums about family trees on Ancestry. Some folks love 'em, others hate 'em. 

I like having my tree available for a bunch of reasons, although I've noticed lots of folks using my photos and material without asking. 

On one hand, I don't really mind as I made my tree public so it - and my wealth of information - could be shared. I want to share. But on the other hand, I must say I hesitate when I see where someone has clearly cut and paste something I wrote without any acknowledgment. I even recently saw a family photo I own attached to someone not even in the family line. Sigh. 

We can't help what people do with our information. We can only hope they'll use it responsibly, do their own verification of the accuracy, and maybe somewhere down the road they will delight or inform a family member even if they don't correctly acknowledge how they obtained the information.

I love it when people email comments on my tree. Generally, it's to tell me I'm wrong about something, but even that has great value to me and I'm grateful for the time they took to make me rethink my facts. 

So...check out my tree and let me know what you think!  I sync it daily with Family Tree Maker so it's always up to date!