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Researching in Rutherford County

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map showing Rutherford County

This week’s North Carolina County of the Week is Rutherford  County so I wanted to post some information about the county.

Rutherford County was created in 1779 from Tryon County. Tryon County was abolished in 1779 and the area of that county became Lincoln County and Rutherford County. . (more…)

NC County of the Week: Rutherford County

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NC County of the Week December 14-20 is Rutherford County

rutherfordRutherford County was formed in 1779 from Tryon County. Tryon was abolished in 1779 and split into Lincoln and Rutherford Counties. Rutherford County is partially in both the mountain region and the Piedmont region of the state. The county is named after Griffith Rutherford, a Revolutionary War General and a member of NC’s Provincial Congress.

Join us this week for a tour of the county, from its history and people to its historical and documentary collections, cultural heritage sites, and its natural heritage.

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State Doc Pick of the Week: Charitable Solicitation Licensing Annual Report

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CharityHow often are you contacted about giving to a charity? Do you know how much of the amount you give actually gets to the charity? Each year the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division publishes a report on the charitable causes that use paid solicitors, or professional fundraisers. Paid solicitors must report how much they raise for a charity and how much of that amount, in fact, goes to the charity. On average charities received about 42 percent of the money they raised through professional fundraisers July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.  Check out how the charities and their professional fundraisers performed last year and the years back to 1999/2000.

This report can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

Process for Receiving a Land Grants, Part 4

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a Road in NC with trees and land on both sides

This week, I will talk about the final step of the land grant process, which is the issuance of the land patent. There is some confusion between the terns land patent and land grant and they are often used interchangeably. First,  let’s look at what a land grant is. A land grant is the act of selling a parcel of land by the government to an individual and is a verb. On the other hand, a land patent is a noun and and is a document that shows the legal transfer of land from the government to an individual. Still confused? Think of the grant as the selling of the land and the patent as the legal document showing the land was sold and to whom. As you can see, these terms are not really interchangeable. Despite this, you still may find the term “land grant used” in record and books.

In the last installment of this series, I used the example of George Carlock from Cabarrus County. As I mentioned in that post, the warrant and the plat map are located in 1 file with the grant, but I was wrong. The page I thought was the grant was only a summary of information. It turns out the grant, or patent, is filed separately and last week I went on a search to find it.

I learned from an archivist that patents were filed in patent books. There are many patent books and they are all on microfilm. each reel of film has about 3-6 volumes of patent books on them. That the begining of each volume is an index that is roughly alphabetical mean that A comes before B for the first letter, but the surname Bradshaw might be before Battle. Since this series has been following George Carlock of Cabarrus County, I decided to look for the patent for him. I was overwhelmed, though, at the idea of going through each volumes index to find 1 person. I thought “there must be an easier way!” Good news! There is!


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