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Submitted by:   Marilyn Jones, Charlotte, NC

Free Webinar on N.C. Land Grants (Sep 26)

David McCorkle, Olde Meck Director, will give a webinar, sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society, on North Carolina Land Grants on Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 pm. David will discuss the history of land grants in North Carolina, including Granville Grants, the process used to obtain grants, how to find them today, and how to use his website N.C. Land Grants.
Registration: The webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit Land Grants Webinar.

World War I 100-Year Armistice Event (Nov 9)

Make plans to attend a special event Olde Meck is hosting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice. On Friday, November 9, Ellouise Schoettler, a professional storyteller, will tell the fascinating tale of her great uncle, John Walter Cobb, Jr., who fought and died in France during WWI. Originally from Mecklenburg County, Sergeant Cobb was buried in France, but Ellouise plans to honor him with a special cenotaph stone in Elmwood Cemetery.
Ellouise has been telling stories for twenty-five years and will relate this narrative from the perspective of the uncle's mother who went to France to visit his grave. A variety of WWI memorabilia will also be on display during this special evening.
Note – This event will be held at Aldersgate at 7:00 pm. on November 9. Tickets are $10 and are available (1) from Olde Meck by mail or (2) via e-mail at You can pick up your ticket at the door when you arrive.

Family Stories Writing Group Workshop

The Olde Meck Writing Group has gotten off to a great start!
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Do you want to preserve your family stories for future generations but don't know where to start? Come to the Olde Meck Family Research Center on Thursday afternoons (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) and join with others who have the same goal. We'll share our stories, provide constructive comments, and generally encourage each other to begin this worthwhile process that we've all been putting off.
This group is free for all Olde Meck members AND you can bring a friend. No RSVP is needed. Please come any Thursday you can.

What to bring:

  • Memoir writers: pictures of yourself at various ages.
  • Ancestor writers: clippings or timeline or pictures of your taret ancestor.
  • Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch for yourself.
For more details, take a look at Genealogy Family Stories Writing Group.

September 21
African American Research at Library of Virginia: Reconstruction to WWI
This workshop provides an overview of records created during the Reconstruction era through World War I and explores how they relate to African American genealogy. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs covers topics such as the Bureau of Refugees, ...
September 22
AAHGS Meeting
Join the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Charlotte Chapter on September 22. The program this time will feature speaker Renee Jones.
September 24
Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society Meeting
      Special guest for this meeting will be Mr. David Reuwer from Camden, South Carolina. Mr. Reuwer's presentation will be about the Revolutionary War sites in South Carolina. Many of which we are familiar, but also some of the lesser known ones.       ...
October 8
Historic Unity Presbyterian Church in Lincoln County
  Reverend David Bonnema will speak on historic Unity Presbyterian Church, originally established as “Beattie’s Meeting House” in 1764. The first settlers to this area were Scots-Irish Presbyterians and Palatine Germans. John Beattie established the first religious center in the ...
October 10
October Meeting - The Spanish Flu Pandemic
Join us on October 10th to hear our President Jeff Houser describe how the great Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 affected not only individual families around the world, but specifically Mecklenburg County and the actual pursuit of genealogy for all ...