Journal Jottings, March 2019

By Diane L. Richard, NCGS Journal Editor, journaleditor@ncgenealogy.org

Planned Special Edition (July-August-September 2019) on Mariners and Related Topics

The 2019 summer edition of the NCGS Journal will focus on mariners, shipping, and related topics. You cannot talk about North Carolina nor research eastern North Carolina without eventually bumping into someone involved in the shipping trade whether as a captain, crew member, employee/owner of a supporting business, a merchant shipping or receiving goods, etc. This issue will celebrate that heritage. Planned pieces will look at the records (state and Federal) that document shipping and the people engaged in shipping. Ledgers are a key resource and will be explored. Seamen contracts, a journal about a trip, and more will also be featured.

Many early North Carolinians or others who remained on the eastern seaboard worked as mariners or in businesses related to seafaring or shipped/received goods via ocean traveling vessels. Did someone in your family work in the shipping trade? Might you share a story, image, or records? Were there celebrations specific to mariners and their families? Were there rituals associated with the hazards of being a mariner or when on-the-job deaths occurred? Did or do institutions unique to mariners exist? You can help personalize the data already planned for this issue by sharing personal stories about your ancestors.

Stories about North Carolinian mariners and those engaged in related enterprises are welcome and remind us of the key roles that these individuals had and have on the North Carolina economy and way of life. All submissions will be considered.

As always, if you have materials relevant to this planned issue, or are interested in helping transcribe materials collected in anticipation of this special issue, please email Diane at journaleditor@ncgenealogy.org.

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Thanks again to all who have helped and to those who will volunteer in the future. It does take a village to create a journal. As always, I can be reached at journaleditor@ncgenealogy.org to answer your questions, and to receive your submissions and suggestions.

Go Journal Team!

You may also view a printer-friendly pdf version of the March 2019 Journal Jottings.

(Image source: “Clipper Yatala ca. 1865,” from the State Library of South Australia, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons..)