NCGS in the Community

We have been thrilled to connect with community members at recent in-person events. This past month we enjoyed the Cromartie Family Association Reunion and the York County Public Library Genealogical & Family History Expo.

The Cromartie Family Association Reunion

The Cromartie Family Association invited NCGS to attend their reunion, held annually at the South River Presbyterian Church in Garland, Bladen County, North Carolina. It took place on a crisp fall day in the historic one-room church built on land once owned by James Cromartie (1767-1845) and now maintained by the Association. Bagpiper Peter McArthur led the procession into the church and accompanied the singing of “Scotland the Brave.” Cromartie descendants of William Cromartie, who emigrated from the Orkney Islands of Scotland in 1758 and settled in Bladen County, have hosted reunions since 1929. 

The speaker for this year’s reunion was James B. Darden III, Governor General for the Jamestowne Society, First North Carolina Company. He provided information on the family’s descent from “Mayflower” passenger Stephen Hopkins (1581-1644) who was also a passenger on the “Sea Venture” to Jamestowne. This lineage qualifies Cromartie descendants in the United States for membership in both the Jamestowne and the Mayflower societies. Anyone interested in the Cromartie family can consult Descendants of William Cromartie and Ruhamah Doane and Related Families, a four-volume collection representing 20 years of family history research, published by the Association in 2015. For more information about the Association, see their website: www.cromartiefamilyassociation.com.

Many thanks to the Cromartie Family Association, led by President Greg Butler, and to Jim Campbell for inviting NCGS to share in the festivities and provide information about NCGS to the reunion attendees!

 Greg Butler, President of the Cromartie Family Association

York County Public Library Genealogical & Family History Expo

NCGS was invited to attend the York County Public Library Genealogical & Family History Expo, in Fort Mill, SC,  on 15 Oct 2022. John Skardon and the York County Public Library hosted the first annual Expo and did an amazing job. It was the first in-person conference we have attended in over two years. 

The Expo, featuring several NC speakers including Diane Richard and Craig Scott, was well organized and well attended. We had a vendor booth selling our books and NCGS memberships. It was wonderful seeing so many of our members and talking with others about the research resources available on our website and in our state. We hope to see you the next year at the York County Public Library Genealogical & Family History Expo.