30 March 2011

Kendall-Hooker Marriage

I've received a couple of emails asking me about William C. Kendall; specifically, the elusive marriage record I'm looking for (thanks for the emails, by the way!). I appreciate the interest in my search. In addition to replying to your kind emails, I thought I'd also post this information in my blog.

William Kendall (from Shelbyville, IN) married Myrtle Hooker, who was from Forsyth County, NC (I don't know where or when they got married). I do know that they had 3 children together:

William Earl (1939-1962) - died in Ashtabula, OH
Juanita Irene (1940-1991) - born in Forsyth Co, NC; died in Cuyahoga, OH
Child #3 (1944) - born in Guilford Co, NC

Child #3 must remain anonymous because this is a living individual. Out of respect for the privacy of others, I will not post the names of anyone I know (or believe to be) living.

While I have birth certificates for the two younger children (and I've checked their counties of birth for a marriage record), I have not yet discovered where the oldest child was born. I'm working on it, but so far, no luck. I realize that that particular discovery might very well provide me with a valuable clue as to where William C. and Myrtle got married.

I find it interesting that the two older children wound up living in Ohio. I haven't figured out that connection yet, though.

As soon as I make any type of discovery, I'll be sure to post it.

29 March 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - Yancey County

Yancey County was established in 1833 from parts of Buncombe and Burke Counties. It was named in honor of Bartlett Yancey, a United States Congressman from 1813-1817 and a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1817-1827.

If you need to conduct genealogy research in Yancey County, the Register of Deeds office maintains the following records:

  • Birth Certificates (1913 - present)
  • Delayed Birth Certificates (1913 - present)
  • Death Certificates (1913 - present)
  • Marriage Records (1859 - present)
Keep in mind that the state of North Carolina only officially began issuing birth certificates in 1913 (this is also the same year that they began recording Death Certificates).

If you're searching for wills in Yancey County, you will need to check with the Yancey County Clerk of Court. The clerk's book should contain probate information such as executor, witnesses, and probate dates.

25 March 2011

I Visited the NC Archives, but. . . .

I'm providing a follow up to my last post about William C. Kendall. I did visit the NC State Archives in Raleigh; unfortunately, it didn't prove to be very helpful.

First of all, I must say that the two ladies who initially helped me in the genealogy room on the mezzanine were super nice and very willing to help. The downside (for me, at least) was that they direct you to a computer where you can access ancestry.com. Since I already have a full subscription to that site and have researched William C. Kendall tirelessly, that research option wasn't particularly beneficial for me. If you have no luck in the genealogy room, they send you upstairs to the archives on the second floor.

There is, of course, a security process that you have to go through before you can access the room (understandable), and the people who work in the archives are willing to answer your questions and help you to locate specific sources. The catch here is that you have GOT to know what county you need to search; otherwise, you'll spend hours searching through records for every county in the state.

Needless to say, I didn't have that kind of time. I can't imagine that anyone would. I searched microfilm for a few counties (looking for a marriage record), but I came up empty. I'm certainly not giving up, but my research endeavors for William C. Kendall are obviously going to continue for quite some time.

22 March 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - Currituck County Public Library

I realize this is my second post today for Tar Heel Tuesday, but I wanted to provide more information about Currituck County without cramming too much into one post.

The Currituck County Public Library offers some interesting genealogy services. In addition to providing patrons with genealogy reference books and microfilm, the library offers genealogy classes each month:

  • Basic Genealogy
  • Genealogy at the Courthouse
  • Genealogy and your Computer

How cool is that?


Tar Heel Tuesday - Currituck Beach Lighthouse

This week's topic is Currituck County, North Carolina. 

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was erected on the North Carolina coast in 1875. Situated between the Bodie Island and Cape Henry lighthouses to the south and north respectively, its exterior was not painted so that it could easily be distinguished from the other lighthouses in the area.

Standing 162 feet high, the lighthouse beacon is still operational today.

Quick Facts:

  • The lighthouse tower is the only major tower in the mid-Atlantic region that has never been painted
  • There are 214 steps to the top of the lighthouse
  • Approximately one million bricks were used during construction
  • It was the last major brick lighthouse to be built on the Outer Banks

20 March 2011

William Kendall Mystery

The only confirmed information I have about William C. Kendall is the following:

Name: William Chauney Kendall
Father of 2 children
Born: Shelbyville, Indiana (1900 or 1901)

I have two birth certificates that each list him as the father. Both certificates indicate that he was from Shelbyville, Indiana. One of them has his "usual occupation" listed as a farmer; the other one has him listed as a U.S. Marine.

Aside from the above details, the only other information I have about him is unconfirmed. So far, I have been unable to locate any other official documents about him.

I contacted the Shelby County Health Department (Indiana) and discovered that they have a record of a male Kendall born on 2 Nov 1900. This could be the right Kendall, but I'm still uncertain. His father's name is listed as George; the mother is only listed as "Unknown Williams" (odd, isn't it?).

The research that I have since uncovered (census records, mostly) about various George Kendall's from Indiana (during the right time period) indicate that none of them appear to be a match as the father of William C. Kendall. I'm basing this on the names of family members listed on census records (not one William C. among them).

Information on this man is scarce, at best, but every little scrap that I find just leads to another dead end. My next step is the NC State Archives to see if any marriage records turn up. I know that at least two of his children were born in NC, so the odds are at least halfway decent that he was married here (I know; he could have gotten married on an island somewhere, but I'm allowed to hope).

This elusive man is driving me nuts.

18 March 2011

Waiting for a Library Card?

It seems a bit odd to me, but apparently you don't receive a library card in NC the instant you apply for one.

I went to a local library the other day, told the lady working at the front desk that I wanted to apply for a card, and gave her my driver's license to verify my name and address. I completely understand why they want your ID. What I don't understand is why you have to wait for a card to be mailed to you in a few days.

She actually retrieved a new card from a drawer and scanned it with my information, so it was ready to go at that moment. Yet, I had to address an envelope to myself so she could mail it to me a few days later.

If you've got a current driver's license, is it really necessary to go through those extra (annoying) steps? I mean, who's going to lie about where they live just so they can obtain a library card? Why would you even want one for a county that you don't live in (or near)?

Maybe I'm just not thinking like a criminal.

17 March 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Did you know. . .

Held each year from 1999 to 2004, the world's smallest St. Patrick's Day parade took place in Dripsey, County Cork. It was 25-100 yards long (depending on the resource) and went from one pub to another.


15 March 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - NCLive.org

I have just recently discovered a website that promises to provide free (honestly) genealogy research information to registered users. NCLive.org is an online library service for the state of North Carolina. 

The website serves approximately 200 libraries throughout the state and is designed to allow easy accessibility through library websites and directly through nclive.org. There is no fee associated with accessing this site; however, you do need to obtain permission from your North Carolina library in order to obtain a user name and password. Not bad if you're a North Carolina resident or college student.

According to the website directory, they have four different collections for genealogy researchers to explore:
ArchiveGrid - provides access to primary source info such as birth, death, and cemetery records as well as ship logs
Digital NC - historical and cultural info of North Carolina
HeritageQuest - unique primary sources, family histories, finding aids
Sanborn Maps North Carolina - 1867-1970 large-scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities

As it happens, I don't have a public library card; however, I do plan to get one.

13 March 2011

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Is it just me, or do there never seem to be enough hours in the day?

It seems that no matter how hard I try, I can't quite eke out enough time to accomplish the increasingly long list of things I'd like to do. I've been trying for about a month to devote more time to genealogy research. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to have occurred. I've had so much going on that my genealogy research has fallen sadly behind.

I'm not giving up. In fact, I plan to get SOMETHING accomplished this upcoming week no matter what.

My current quest is to find a marriage record for my grandparents. I have both of their names (from my mother's birth certificate) as well as dates and locations of birth. I honestly have no idea where they got married, but my best guess is somewhere in North Carolina. Gee, that narrows things down, doesn't it?

I plan to tackle the state archives to see what I can find. If I actually get lucky, I'll be thrilled. Either way, I'll post the results of my search.

08 March 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - Alamance Battleground

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

On May 16, 1771, burdensome British colonial policies resulted in a rebellion by discontented farmers who were known as the Regulators. Though the Regulators' rebellion was unsuccessful, their plucky determination and refusal to simply accept the status quo proved to be a prelude to the American War for Independence.


01 March 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - State Library of NC

The State Library of North Carolina has an impressive genealogy collection. Located on East Jones Street in Raleigh, they offer a variety of resources to genealogy researchers, including:

  • Bibliographies
  • County formation (year formed as well as parent county information)
  • Electronic resources
  • Links to ancestry databases containing vital records
  • Suggested substitutes for vital records 
  • Helpful tips for getting started
If you need to research some of your North Carolina ancestors, you might want to visit the library if you happen to be in the area. Among their vast resources you will find published and unpublished family histories, census records and indexes, and genealogical periodicals.

I think a trip to Raleigh may be in order soon!