Mosaic Research in North Carolina
24+ years of experience doing genealogical research
What We Can Do For You -- Recent Experience
What we are best with is a project where families have roots all over the place ... we like a challenge! Whether your family spent generations in one town or moved frequently, even from or within other countries ... we can help you! That said, if your family all came from one place, there may be other researchers who can better help you ... as they may live and breath that town -- if we think that's the case, we'll let you know! On the other hand, if your family was fairly mobile ... we are excellent at researching around the globe! We have many resources at our fingertips and are great at ferreting out hard-to-find information.
May 2011: Where to start? Several projects currently being worked on involve: 1. African-American research, post and pre-Civil War, 2. Proof of Revolutionary War service along with documenting family connections, 3. Using early 19th & late 18th century NC records to try and prove a family connection -- loose court records being a primary resource, 4. research in the records of burnt counties and then looking for activity in adjacent counties and/or predecessor counties [successfully got a family "back to NC" from out-of-state in the early 1800s to run into a "burnt county" in NC -- still plugging away on that], 5. VA tax & related research [including research at LVA], 6. Several projects where "like-named" individuals are found and am working to separate out these individuals where key records are not extant. 7. Obscure record searches for projects where more conventional records have not been sufficient -- county accounts, road records, etc. Also provided a brief overview for resources for select states for the Archives.com site ["State Resources for Genealogy Research" for AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN & TX] ... and much, much more ... time to get back to those projects!
March-April 2011: Too busy researching and giving talks to post! Have talked 2 more times on the Freedmen's Bureau Records and on June 1st will do so again for D-OGS (Durham Orange Genealogical Society) -- if you heard any of Diane's talks, she would greatly appreciate your posting feedback at SpeakerWiki. Have proofed several articles for Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle [in May announced a new iPhone, iPad etc app]. Continue to be busy with WCGS though Diane's term as President ends in May.
February 2011: Diane gave her talk on the Freedmen's Bureau Records at the 6th Annual NCGS Speakers Forum on Saturday, 19 February 2011 -- this is a fascinating group of records that provides information on ALL types of post-civil war individuals -- Freedmen and their families, widows, ex-soldiers, the old and disabled and just so much more!
January 2011: Happy New Year! Internet Genealogy now has a FREE e-mail newsletter, you can sign up using this link - tips from several genealogists are included and Diane's contribution is census tips. Also, the current edition of IG is now out and contains an assortment of Net Notes by Diane. If you live in the Piedmont of NC, do check out the 6th Annual NCGS Speakers Forum on Saturday, 19 February 2011. Registration details. Diane will give a talk titled Freedmen’s Bureau Records: Much More Valuable to Anyone’s Research Than You Might Have Thought! [Regardless of race or origin circumstances, many pertinent post-Civil War records are found in the Freedmen’s Bureau Collection. While it contains records of freedmen, it also includes information about impoverished North Carolinians of all races.]. Otherwise we've hit the year running with an assortment of projects from collecting land and deed records to searching for Revolutionary War service to seeking records for families living in "burnt" counties to trying to identify the parents of freed slaves, learn those NC origins of those whose families migrated out of the state before the 1850 census. Early next month Diane will talk with some college-age students at UNC-CH (INLS 754: Access, Outreach and Public Service in Cultural Heritage Institutions at the School of Information and Library Science) about what genealogists do so that our future librarians will have a better sense of how to best serve us! DNA test results continue to help or redirect research directions -- this past week I've seen results that match what one would expect (e.g. surname matches) and another project where the only match is to another surname -- we are upgrading the results on that test to see if that was an anomaly of the lower-level results or holds for 67 markers; if so, we'll be off in a new direction for that project. We were reminded last week that records are not always archived how one would expect. Typically in NC, records are housed in the collection of the county as it was at the time the record was created (e.g. pre-1771 Wake county records are found in Johnston county). And, an exception is that pre-1759 Edgecombe County records are housed with Halifax County records -- the county created later! Off to label, scan and e-mail some recently collected documents which will hopefully benefit our clients research! We were saddened to learn of the "demise" of Ancestry Expert Connect -- it was a powerful tool helping to match those needing research to providers of research.