Holiday Hours

 Thanksgiving Clip
The Family Research Center will observe the following holiday closings:
  • Thanksgiving Week:   Closed Thursday, November 28
  • Christmas Week:        Closed Tuesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 26
  • New Year's Week:      Closed Tuesday, December 31
If you are interested in visiting during any of these time periods, please contact us at and we will try to arrange for someone to meet you at a convenient time.
Happy Holidays from the FRC Staff!

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.

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.

November 29
Victorian Christmas
Experience early holiday traditions including open hearth cooking, horse-drawn wagon rides, mulled wine, ornate decorations, a live reading of the Night the Before Christmas, Victorian era outdoor games, blacksmithing, and   Victorian carolers. Make a Christmas craft, toast s'mores around ...
December 5
Genealogy: Conversation and Discussion
Whether it is a family mystery you would like to solve or a favorite relative you would like to know more about, join the Matthews Genealogy Conversation Group!
December 6
Born in NC & Living Elsewhere: Making The Connection Back
What if you only know born NC from a census, military record, or a child’s death record? Is it possible to figure out where in NC? This webinar will present some rules of thumb and strategies for research into those ...
December 11
Monthly Meeting
Join us to celebrate the holiday season and another successful year for Olde Meck! We will have special snacks, installation of officers, awards, and even prizes!
December 14
Hands on History
Create a one-of-a-kind gift for loved ones this holiday season and learn how to tell your own family’s story. Kids 5 to 12 years old are invited to join The Charlotte Museum of History and The Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical ...