I often receive questions like this. Sometimes patrons will see on census records a birth place of NC, but the person lived most of his life in another place. It is so tempting when we see new information for an ancestor that we just want to jump forward in our research and find out more. Sometimes in these situations, patrons don’t know anything about who the parents are and have only seen records of the ancestor in question as an adult; they have not yet identified the parents. It is easy to assume that once you know the birth place, you can find the parents, but that is not often the case.
This Week’s NC County of the Week: Richmond County
This week we’ll share snapshots of Richmond County’s stories and people, resources and documentary collections, and tips for researching the county’s history.
Located in the southern Piedmont and bordering South Carolina, Richmond County was formed in 1789, one of 10 counties formed in North Carolina the same year during the American Revolution.
Richmond County was named for Charles Lennox, the Third duke of Richmond, a British military officer and Whig politician who was known to be sympathetic to the American colonies.
The county seat was originally called Richmond Courthouse and changed to Rockingham in 1785 to honor Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Whig and two-time Prime Minister who was outspoken in his opposition to the Crown and Pariliament’s policies that lead to the American Revolution.
Check out new content in NCpedia, North Carolina’s Online Encyclopedia!
North Carolina African American History (from the Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History)
North Carolina Sports Legends (from the GHL)
Using Private Collections for Genealogical Research
August 22, 2015, 10-11a.m.
Join us for a free genealogy workshop presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.
Materials such as family papers, church and organizational records can be valuable resources when conducting genealogical research. Join us as we discuss private collections, what kinds of information you can find and the holdings of the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina.
Program will be held at the Archives/State Library Building
109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.
To register or for more information please call (919)807-7450 or email email@example.com.