View Family Showcase:   Joseph Alexander Ardrey
Submitted by:   Joe Griffin, Pineville, NC
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Renew Your Membership for 2019

We are excited about the changes in the Society in 2018!
  1. Establishment of Family Stories Writing Group.
  2. Recording of Monthly Meetings for website viewing by members.
  3. Reorganization and expansion of website databases.
  4. Agreement to acquire Herman Ferguson Collection.
Renew Your Membership to Enjoy All of the Above and More ...
  • 15% discount on all Olde Meck publication.
  • Monthly Newsletter, with notices of upcoming events, program summaries, and links.
  • Four issues of our Award-winning Quarterly Journal.
  • Enhanced Members-Only Benefits on our website.
  • Free Access to the Family Research Center and Computer Database.
  • Monthly meetings with speakers, research tips, camaraderie, and refreshments!
Please consider adding to your dues with a contribution. Although dues cover the expenses of producing our publications, to pay our facility rent and provide extra services we must rely on donations. Take advantage of our tax-deductible 501c3 status. Any amount helps us!
Print out and complete this 2019 Membership Renewal form, and mail to: Olde Meck, P. O. Box 32453, Charlotte, NC  28232-2453.

Olde Meck Hosted WWI Celebration

On Friday, November 9, 2018, Olde Meck hosted a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice. Ellouise Schoettler, a professional storyteller, told the touching tale of her great uncle, John Walter Cobb, Jr., who fought and died in France just days before the Armistice. Originally from Charlotte, Sergeant Cobb was buried in France, but will be honored with a special cenotaph stone in Elmwood Cemetery. Ellouise has been telling stories for twenty-five years and related this narrative from the perspective of Sergeant Cobb's mother, Mary Louise, a Gold Star Mother who went to France to visit his grave.


A variety of WWI memorabilia was displayed during this special evening, including the silk flag given to Mary Louise and a collection of beautiful silk embroidered postcards sent home from the front.


Here are photos from the celebration:  WWI Photo Gallery.


You can follow Ellouise on her website, her blog, and TV channel MMCTV or cable channel 16.

Olde Meck Attends NCGS

Olde Meck attended the North Carolina Genealogical Society conference on 27 October 2018, with an exhibit displaying information about the Society. Several members staffed the exhibit and attended the numerous seminars throughout the day. Dozens and dozens of conference attendees stopped by the exhibit, talked about their Mecklenburg County connections, and showed a good bit of interest in doing further research with the assistance of Olde Meck in the near future.
A special thanks is extended to member Louise Nottingham, who helped represent Olde Meck during the event and put together a video loop showing clips of our monthly meetings and benefits of being an Olde Meck member.

CMH & The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

The Charlotte Museum of History serves as both the physical home and a valued partner to Olde Meck. The museum was recently featured on the Trail of History series on our local Public Television channel. The program described the importance of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and the many other resources available through the museum. We think you would enjoy viewing the video to discover more about what this local treasure has to offer.
"On this Trail of History, we explore the oldest house in Mecklenburg County, a rock house that you can still walk into. The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite takes us back to 1774. We’ll also show you how the Charlotte Museum of History is redefining itself to best serve the region by making our history relevant, engaging and timely."  --- PBS Charlotte

Family Stories Writing Group Workshop

The Olde Meck Writing Group has gotten off to a great start!
Image result for free clipart journal writingDo 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.

January 17
Genealogy Class: Alternative Sources for Vital Records
York County Library; Genealogy Class: Alternative Sources for Vital Records in Genealogy, Thursday, January 17 at 6 to 7:30 pm.   Birth, marriage, and death certificates can be a wonderful source of genealogical information but many states, including South Carolina, ...
January 17
Alternative Sources for Vital Records in Genealogy
Thursday, January 17 at 6 to 7:30 pm, York County Library. Birth, marriage, and death certificates can be a wonderful source of genealogical information but many states, including South Carolina, did not begin creating these records until after 1900.  ...
January 26
RUSA Genealogy Midwinter Institute
On Friday, January 26, 2019 the RUSA Genealogy Midwinter Institute will once again explore diverse topics in genealogy and historical research during the ALA Midwinter Meeting at the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle, WA. The all-day Institute will feature ...
January 28
Genealogy Classes: Beginning and Advanced
Genealogy Classes: Beginning and Advanced, Mondays, January 14 and 28, February 4, 11 and 18, at 6:30 to 8 pm, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte.   The African American History Ministry, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical ...
February 2
Interviewing & Composing a Compelling Family Narrative
Union County Public Library 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe, NC, 704 283 8184 Oral History: Interviewing & Composing a Compelling Family Narrative, Saturday, February 2 at 1:30 pm. This workshop will be led by former journalist, Gene Stowe, on ...