17 May 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - Randolph County and The Civil War

The Randolph County Genealogical Society's Spring General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, 21 May @ 10am EST. This should be an interesting meeting, as Wally Jarrell will be there to discuss his book "The Randolph Hornets in the Civil War".

According to the invitation I received, Mr. Jarrell will also be discussing some of his more recent research regarding soldiers from Randolph County. He will also (very generously) be sharing information that might help attendees to determine whether one or more of their ancestors served in the Civil War.

I purchased a copy of Mr. Jarrell's book last year and I found it to be an interesting, entertaining read. My 3rd great grandfather, James E. Campbell, is mentioned in the book as one of the soldiers who served in Company M, 22nd North Carolina Regiment (the Randolph Hornets). I was absolutely thrilled to find such a carefully detailed publication about the brave men who fought so valiantly and at great personal cost.

03 May 2011

Tar Heel Tuesday - Johnston County

I decided to write about the Johnston County, North Carolina government website because it is so well-designed. In all honesty, I love their site. It's easy to navigate and contains a lot of useful information.

While some government sites are dry, dull, and boring, Johnston County officials have clearly put some time and effort into creating a site that is not only user friendly, but aesthetically pleasing as well. I think it's pretty safe to say that we've all visited some government websites that are so unattractive and useless that it's a wonder anyone even bothered to create them in the first place. 

If you're conducting genealogy research about ancestors of centuries past, The Heritage Center of Johnston County is probably going to be your best bet. In addition to offering a wide variety of materials available for research on-site, they also offer several searchable databases online.

Some of their online databases include:
  • Johnston County Marriage Bonds 1779-1853
  • Johnston County Confederate Soldiers
  • Newspaper Obituaries 1801-present
  • 1902 Voter Registration Records

Some of their on-site databases include:
  • Civil War Prison and Service Records
  • Wills 1746-1870
  • Court minutes 1759-1850
  • Johnston County Deeds 1759-1947