Family Showcase - George Houston Moore

Shown here are Houston Moore and Mariah McCrary Moore, the Great Grandparents of Olde Meck member, Lou Jean Moore Johnson. Houston and Mariah raised their family in the mountains of Transylvania County in the late 1800’s. Lou Jean has provided some fascinating pictures that show the George Houston Moore family of the 1890’s, and her Grandfather and Father in the mid-1900’s. To see these pictures and more info on the George Houston Moore family, click here.

Monthly Meeting Location Changed

Due to construction at Aldersgate, Olde Meck has changed the location of our monthly meetings. Until the construction has finished, we will meet in the Chapel of the Asbury Care Center, another building on the Aldersgate grounds.
You will continue to enter the complex through the guard gate on Willard Farrow Drive. Either ask the gate attendant for directions or follow the instructions here and map shown below:
Continue past the guard gate down the hill, but turn right at the sign for Asbury Care Center, before you get to the usual turn onto Cole Drive. Continue straight, past the Continuing Care Center on your right until you come to the second right, which takes you to the circular parking area in front of the building.
Enter at the covered front door. The Chapel, where we will meet, is inside the door on the left. Look for the Olde Meck signs to guide you.

A Message from the President


Happy Month of June to you, and thank you for visiting the Olde Meck website!
Olde Meck continues to enhance this website through the wonderful efforts of our web site team, and also our members who contribute material to be posted here. We attempt to keep our content here fresh and engaging as often as possible, so it's a good idea to check our website regularly!
As you will notice at the top of our message board, our meeting location for our General Membership meeting has changed, due to the construction taking place at Aldersgate. Please make a note of it so that you can be sure to join us for some interesting presentations that will be taking place over the next few months. We will make an announcement as to when we can meeting in Ray Hall as soon as it's again available to us.
A few Olde Meck members attended the National Genealogical Socitey conference in Raleigh in the early part of May. I have heard about some of the events that took place, and each story I heard sounded so engaging! I am hoping we can get some feedback from them in this month's Quarterly so those of us who missed it can hear a little bit about it.
Queen Thompson, a member of the Board of Directors, purchased a copy of the presentations given at the conference and has offered to share some of the information contained on the electronic recording in future meetings. Olde Meck also pruchased a syllabus of all the presentations given during the course of the event, so that is available for review at the FRC, as well.
If you are visiting this website and are not a member of Olde Meck, I would encourage you to reach out to us and learn how you can become a member of our Society. You do not have to be a native of Mecklenburg County to join us; we welcome anyone who has an interest in genealogy, as we can all learn from each other and make connections that we may not have known about beforehand.
Again, thanks for visiting the website and I hope to see you at a future Olde Meck meeting.

New Donations Enhance Research Center

Olde Meck is happy to announce a recent donation of approximately 35 books reltating to genealogy, by Ms. Elise Semrad​, of the Aldersgate Retirement Community. The books include many family genealogy references, in addition to a number of "how-to" genealogy books. We are greateful to receive her donation, and we anticipate it can help many people who are researching their family lines in this part of the United States. The entirety of this new addition will be added to our extensive library at the FRC, and also added to our online library in the near future.
Two other recent donations to Olde Meck have significantly increased what we can offer in our Family Research Center.
George Sutcliffe, a former president of Olde Meck, has contributed a large collection of research materials from his late wife, Lita, who was an active member and an excellent genealogical researcher. The gift consists of about 60 genealogical books, journals from a dozen genealogy organizations, roughly 20 historical maps, a four-drawer file cabinet, and two file drawers of research information. This material covers both North and South Carolina, with a concentration on upper South Carolina. We know that our patrons will benefit greatly from this extensive donation in memory of a valued member.
We have also received an extremely generous donation from WEDGE Capital Management through one  of our newest members, Mike Richardson. This bequest consists of three high-end computers, LCD monitors, USB wireless adapters, and accessories. The equipment will be used to setup three Internet-connected research stations and provide our members and guests with enhanced research and training opportunities.  Many thanks to WEDGE Capital Management for this wonderful gift and to Mike Richardson for all his efforts in making the donation happen.
Come by the Family Research Center to check out these new acquisitions AND our newly reorganized library collection. See what YOU might find!

June 25
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
Week-long courses with internationally recognized instructors.
July 12
Inherit The Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggies Will
I the early 1900's, when two wealthy spinster sisters left their sizable estate to a black man and his daughter, many enraged cousins joined forces to contest the will. Join us at the July Olde Meck meeting to hear ...
July 16
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
Week-long courses with internationally recognized instructors.
July 23
The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students choose one course ...
August 30
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 National Conference
Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop with its rich genealogical resources for this four day genealogy event with local host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. FGS Conference