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AGS Genealogy Meeting
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Meeting Room, Currituck Public Library, 4261 Caratoke Hwy, Barco, NC 27917
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sargeant Memorial Collection at the Slover Library (Norfolk Public Library) with emphasis on resources for Northeastern NC & the Outer Banks Region. Presentation by Troy Valos, MA, MSIS, Special Collections Librarian, Sargeant Memorial Collection.

All Albemarle Genealogical Society (AGS) meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Lois Meekins, AGS Newsletter Receive Awards

The Albemarle Genealogical Society did itself proud at the 2017 North Carolina Genealogical Society Fall Conference held October 28 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Lois Johnson Meekins, a founding member and “cornerstone” of AGS, was honored as recipient of the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s 2017 “Award for Outstanding Contribution to North Carolina Genealogy” for an individual whose longtime genealogical contributions have greatly enhanced the study of family history in North Carolina. Lois was joined for the presentation by her daughter Jeanne Meekins Murray and grandson Preston Murray.

A founding member of the Albemarle Genealogical Society, Lois Meekins has served in several official capacities. As outspoken advocate of cemetery preservation, Meekins was commended for what are perhaps her greatest long-lasting genealogical contributions: the valuable comprehensive surveys, Currituck County, NC Cemetery Records (with AGS Cemetery Book Committee, chair: Joan Dunton) and Sacred to Their Memory: Dare County, NC Cemeteries (with Amy M. Gamiel). In addition, she independently published abstracts of Currituck County marriage records, Dare County death records, and Dare marriage records. Lois Meekins was praised for having played a significant role in making and keeping her society strong over its 35 years.

The Albemarle Genealogical Society Newsletter, published by the Albemarle Genealogical Society and edited by Dr. Laura R. Ostrander, was recognized for the 2017 NCGS “Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing” for a newsletter published by a local North Carolina genealogical society. Receiving the award was editor Ostrander, who was accompanied by AGS president Carol White.

The award commended the attractive, professional, and well organized quarterly for sharing information through a variety of interesting and readable articles and keeping its members up to date through calendars and upcoming meeting agendas and program schedules. It noted the use of color and the addition of many illustrations and photos that make the newsletter visually appealing. The award praised the AGS Newsletter for clearly meeting its recently updated goals of keeping members informed, sharing information, and offering outreach to “genealogy enthusiasts unable to attend AGS functions.” It emphasized that AGS can take pride in this well-done publication.

Pam Toms, Awards Chair
North Carolina Genealogical Society

Albemarle Genealogical Society has a New Address!

Albemarle Genealogical Society
PO Box 2931
Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2931

AGS Celebrates its 35th Year!

Starting with the January 14th meeting and continuing throughout 2017, there will special presenters to discuss genetic genealogy, North Carolina genealogical research, local legends, a genealogy assistance workshop, Military and Civil War genealogical research, and how to deal with brickwalls. Join us in celebrating this special year. See the Meetings section for more details and watch for our AGS newsletter.

The Albemarle Genealogical Society (AGS) will hold a meeting with a special guest speaker on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Currituck County Public Library, 4261 Caratoke Hwy, Barco, NC 27917.

Join fellow genealogy enthusiasts at the AGS business meeting at 10:00 a.m. Then, at 10:30 a.m., guest speaker Mr. Craig R. Scott, Certified Genealogist will present two one-hour lectures, each with a question and answer period at the end and a brief break between lectures. During the first presentation, "Basic Military Research", learn how to begin your military research by understanding what and where records are available and how to use them in your search for your ancestor's military service. Mr. Scott will also present "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors", where you will learn what records are available for Union and Confederate military service, where they can be found and how to use them. Learn about the records created during and after the War.

Mr. Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA is President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. and is a researcher for more than thirty years, specializing in the records of the National Archives, problem solving and publishing. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award by APG in 2008 and the UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. A nationally known lecturer and educator, he has appeared in the Ancestry Show and the MacNeil Lehrer News Hour.

The Albemarle Genealogical Society meeting and presentations are free and open to the public. No registration required.

Welcome new AGS officers:

Carol White, President
Dorothy Hocutt, Vice-President
Laura Ostrander, Secretary and Newsletter Committee Chair
Newell Cannon, Treasurer

Please Note!

AGS membership rates are changing January 2017.
Click on the top Membership link for more details.

Genealogist on Retainer

During 2017, AGS has retained genealogist, Margo Fariss Brewer, for paid members who need assistance. Please click on the "Contacts" link to first contact Currituck County or Dare County library research staff if you need assistance with your genealogy research. If library staff need further assistance to help guide you in your inquiry, they will contact the genealogist on retainer, then get back to you. Your research request can be about any time period or region in the United States, but we cannot address foreign genealogy research at this time.

New Genealogy Resources

New genealogy website, "History At Home: A Guide to Genealogy" has been added to Genealogy Links in the �Genealogy How-To� section. This website, available from HomeAdvisor, was recommended by Mrs. Courtney Phillips' kids who are studying genealogy for a family tree project. Thanks for this excellent resource! Please check it out.

Albemarle Genealogical Society Receives 2016 Grace Austin Award

The Albemarle Genealogical Society is the recipient of the 2016 Grace M. Austin Endowment Award. The award was presented at a recent meeting of the Currituck County Public Library Board of Trustees at the main library in Barco.

The Albemarle Genealogical Society (AGS) was founded in January 1982 to aid individuals in their genealogical research and in the complilation of their family histories. The society, serving primarily Currituck and Dare counties, attempts to create an interest in genealogy, to gather and preserve genealogical and historical data, and to provide genealogical resource information to any interested individuals.

The Grace Austin Award was established in 1999 and is given annually to a person or organization who provides special service to the Currituck County Public Library. Shown accepting the award on behalf of AGS is charter member Lois Meekins.

See the Currituck County Library System Facebook post here!

Farewell Miss Libby

Albemarle Genealogical Society members were sad to hear that Miss Libby Maxine Griggs Hickman passed away on November 11, 2016. AGS members June Klag and Laura Ostrander created this collage of memories.

Mrs. Libby Griggs Hickman was videorecorded as the guest speaker at the Albemarle Genealogical Society meeting held January 9, 2016. She discussed her life and what it was like to live in Currituck County. At the time of the videorecording, Mrs. Hickman was 99 years old and celebrated her 100th birthday on June 30, 2016. Copies may be purchased at the Currituck County Public Library in Barco or click on "Publications" for more information about the DVD "99 Years of Currituck County Memories".

Recent Books Added to the Currituck County
Public Library in Barco:

Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware; from the colonial period to 1810; by Paul Heinegg

The African Americans; many rivers to cross; by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Help Me to Find My People; The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery; by Heather Andrea Williams

In Search of our Roots; How 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past; by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Recent Items Donated to the
Currituck County Public Library

Minutes of the Providence Baptist Church

Thanks to the generosity of Harvey Roberts and the trustees at Providence Baptist Church, we were able to hold in our hands a nearly 200-year old record book from the church. They have been copied and will be scanned and indexed in the near future. An index to the record book is in the Genealogy Indices sidebar link.

Beginning in April 1826, the records detail the formation of the church by members of the Baptist Church at �Cowenjock.� Listed are Francis Ackis, Caleb Ballance, Lydia Ballance, W. D. Barnard, Isaac Baxter, Malichi Corbell, Elizabeth Cowell, William Doxey, Lovie Dozier, Sarah Etheridge, Samuel Ferebee, Sr., Samuel Ferebee, Thomas C. Ferebee, James G. Hall, Samuel Tatum, Benona Trueblood, and Arthur West.

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