The Family Research Center
Olde Meck established the Family Research Center (FRC) to provide access to books, ancestor charts, maps, special collections, online resources, and other sources valuable for researching family histories. The FRC has many unique collections that are unpublished and unavailable elsewhere. Volunteers are available to assist members and guests. Access to desktop computers, online genealogy resources, and Wi-Fi service is provided.
The FRC is open during the following hours:
- Sunday - closed
- Monday - closed
- Tuesday - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Wednesday - closed
- Thursday - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Friday - closed
- Saturday - closed
Click on --- Resources --- to find our resources, recommended links, help documents, forms, etc. We have created this one-page to provide an organized approach to using our website and searching for your ancestors. Below you will find more detailed information about these selected resources:
1. Online Catalog
The Online Catalog provides access to the holdings - approximately 1250 books, 210 ancestor charts, 50 journal titles, 80 maps, and 10 pictures - at the FRC. They include:
- Books about many local families; Mecklenburg County and other counties in NC; North Carolina and other states; and Church denominations, the Civil War, and How To Aids.
- Ancestor Charts provided by Olde Meck members.
- Journals from many area, state, and national Genealogical Societies.
- Maps from Mecklenburg County, the local area, North Carolina, and other states.
- Pictures from Mecklenburg County.
2. Ancestor Charts
During many of the early years of our society, new members were asked to submit an Ancestor Chart (often know as Pedigree Chart) for the families they were researching. At that time, sharing such information was one of the best ways to connect with others who might be researching the same lines. These charts retain a wealth of information submitted by members who were committed to their research. They have been indexed and scanned. Ancestor Charts may be viewed online by logging into Members Only.
3. Family Books
Although primarily representing families which came through Mecklenburg County, these volumes encompass an eclectic variety of surnames from all over the country.
4. Processioning Records
During the period from about 1768 until 1830, it was not uncommon for a landowner to need to verify the boundaries of his property. If he requested this, a survey team was sent out to survey or "procession" the land. The records of these endeavors are referred to as Processioning Records and can provide a wealth of information to family historians including the names of neighbors, family members, and actual plat maps describing the properties. There are 66 such files in our collection.
5. Special Collections
The FRC houses many Special Collections that may include your ancestors. Below is a brief description of each. On the Resources page, you can download surname lists, in PDF format, for these Special Collections. Check them out to see if your ancestors are listed.
||Over the years, many people have donated files about their family history to our society. We have collected these diverse records into folders housed in two filing cabinets at the FRC. Although indexing is not complete, the "Every Name Index" resides on the main computer at the FRC and enables researchers to identify quickly which folders in this massive collection contains their ancestors names.
||Donated by the family of deceased Charter member Irene Brown, the family names in this group include Brown, Kirkpatrick, Llewellyn, Purvis, Sherrod, Sumners, and Watson.
|Ronald M. Lemmond
||The collection is an extensive group of records, family trees and histories along with plat maps for Lemmond, related families, and neighbors. The families were primarily living in the eastern part of Mecklenburg County and Union County. Other counties are included where they pertain to related families and relocations. Ronald Lemmond, the researcher who pulled this together, was a surveyor. His individual plat maps include deeds and estate records to document his drawings. County and state maps are numerous. In addition there are written family histories, Revolutionary War Applications, Bible recordings, tax lists, marriage records, obituaries, records from Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, and much more. Surnames listed are not inclusive but include: Alexander, Blair, Caldwell, Condor, Crowell, Davis, Hall, Hood, Klutz, Lemmond, McCoy, Moore, Morris, Stancil, Stewart, and Wylie.
||Approximately 40 notebooks covering family names: Craig, Gillespie, Gantt, Kerr, Montgomery, Nisbet, and Pickens, located in Mecklenburg County and upper South Carolina. Records include bible records, wills, and family papers.
|Louis E. Reid
||From the years of researching by Louis E. Reid, Jr., this collection includes many notebooks plus thousands of index files for Reid family members as well as the descendants of Thomas Buttrell/Buttrill.
|Mrs. Roy S. Smith
||During the 1940's, a Charlotte woman named Mrs. Roy Smith ran a genealogy business, primarily helping people qualify for membership in the DAR. Her files contain correspondence with her clients, copies of old documents, and family information. The four drawers of file folders are organized by client name but, as with all genealogical files, can contain many other names within each file that may be associated with the family. Volunteers have begun the task of indexing these folders.
|Garland P. Stout
||This large collection came to us from the estate of Garland Palmer Stout of Greensboro, who was both a genealogist and a map dealer (Historical Research Maps). There are family file folders for approximately 1,000 surnames housed in filing cabinets in the FRC. These files were collected by Mr. Stout during the 1980's from a wide variety of people who were researching their families throughout the country.
|Ann Harrill Woolf
||The work of another of our cherished volunteers who has passed away, Ann Harrill Woolf, this collection consists of many files concerning the Arledge, Baxter, Berryhill, Duncan, Halbert, Harrill/Harrell, Jones, and Poole, among others. One aspect that makes this collection unique is the inclusion of information on Native Americans in North Carolina.
VALUABLE INDEXES THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED AT THE FRC
Olde Meck has many valuable indexes that can only be accessed at the FRC, and are not available online. These documents are fully searchable PDFs and are accessed on our desktop computer using powerful indexing and searching software. Come by the FRC and explore these sources:
- Herman Ferguson’s Books.
- Olde Meck Publications.
- the Quarterly Journals.
- Mecklenburg Cemeteries.