View Family Showcase:   Andrew Octavius Allen
Submitted by:   Lynn Bancroft, Charlotte, NC
 

Family Research Center Closed
During the Pandemic
  
Monthly Meetings
Will Occur Online Only!
 
Due to concerns over the coronavirus, the Charlotte Museum of History - and Olde Meck's Family Research Center (FRC) - will be closed until further notice. If you have any questions or request inquiries, please email info@oldemeck.org.  
 
We hope you and your family will be safe during these difficult days and that the FRC will be able to re-open soon. Check this website frequently for current status.
 

Picture Formatting Suggestions

Below are links to YouTube videos created by Louise Nottingham, leader of the Olde Meck Writers' Group. They are designed to help you format photos and images of documents that you may want to include in a Microsoft Word family file:
  1. Corrections Tool
  2. Grouping Tool
  3. Placements Explained
  4. Screenshot Clippings
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Navigating Mecklenburg County Deeds

Video Tutorial
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.
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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.
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August 12
Preserving Spaces
Combining his interest in historic preservation and photography, Kyle Scharf has launched and exciting new project to preserve  local heritage sites. He will share with us some examples of his work and his plans for the future at the next ...
September 2
FGS 2020 Conference
Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Virtual Family History Conference!   The virtual event will begin with FGS "Live!" on September 2, 2020, starting at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and concluding at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). In addition ...
October 14
AAHGS Annual Conference
The AAHGS Annual Conference is the largest international African American conference that promotes African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by bringing together subject matter experts who promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a ...