View Family Showcase:   Margaret Moore Christenberry
Submitted by:   Carole Bazzell, Novi, MI

Navigating Mecklenburg County Deeds

Deed records can provide a wealth of information to fill out our ancestors' stories but can oftentimes be difficult to access. We are excited to announce an addition to our website which will make the process of finding valuable Mecklenburg land records easier than in the past.
As part of her internship for a course in her Masters of Library Science program at East Carolina University, Ann Martin, now an Olde Meck member, has recently completed a helpful video tutorial to walk users through the process of accessing the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds website. If you have Mecklenburg ancestors and have ever wanted to view old deeds and land transactions, this video will facilitate your journey.
Ann describes the basics of deeds, what they consist of, and how they can help with family research. She then provides easy to follow navigation through the Register of Deeds website using a specific example.
(1) Click Start Button below to begin. Be sure to view in Full Screen (icon at bottom right of video)
(2) If you want to go directly to YouTube, click Navigating Mecklenburg County Deeds
We hope you will find Ann’s video tutorial useful and search for the deeds of your ancestors. Please feel free to give us feedback on this new feature.

Organize Your Family History Research

At May's monthly meeting, Lynn Bancroft presented a program on methods to help us organize our family history. She discussed useful hints and presented a sampling of different charts which can enhance our research. Based on Family Tree Magazine’s 8 Habits of Highly Organized Genealogists, Lynn described how the following tips may be helpful:
  1. Keep the big picture in mind.
  2. Take charge of paper files.
  3. Go digital.
  4. Establish an organization routine.
  5. Take advantage of tech tools.
  6. Designate a workspace.
  7. Color-code folders and files.
  8. Create a kit for on-site research.
Lynn gave explanations of how to implement each of these habits and had copies of the charts she presented available for attendees to take home.  Lynn's Research Organization Presentation is available to Olde Meck members who missed attending the meeting.

January 30
Growing Your Roots 2020: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference
This free four-day conference is hosted by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library’s African American Community Archives Program. The genealogy conference will feature a variety of speakers, panel sessions, workshops, exhibitions, tours, and networking opportunities for genealogy professionals, ...
February 12
Conversation With Kenyatta D. Berry
Help us celebrate Black History Month with a presentation by well-known professional genealogist, Kenyatta D. Berry. One of the hosts of the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, Ms. Berry is also the author of The Family Tree Toolkit, A Comprehensive Guide to ...
February 20
Roots Tech 2020 Salt Lake City
The fun continues at RootsTech Salt Lake City 2020, February 26 – 29 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. We’re celebrating family and family discovery the only way we know how – with fun, learning, activities for the whole ...
February 22
Genealogy Software Expo
Sponsored by the African American Heritage Ministry (AAHM), this event will allow participants to explore and compare software from various companies designed to help them document, store and write their family history.
March 11
Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina
Celebrate Women's History Month and the centennial of ratification of the 19th amendment with the tales of famous women from North Carolina's past. Randell Jones, award winning author and storyteller, will regale us with stories of many females who stood out at ...