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NCGS Journal Vol. 46 No. 1 is Live

This year’s first journal has been published and is available online for all NCGS members. Due to Covid-19 the print version of the journal WILL BE DELAYED as Oxford printing has had to cut back to half-staff, effective yesterday. This is delaying all current print tasks. Please bear with us as we work through these unusual circumstances. As always, you can access the digitized version which is online and is also in full color.

Visit https://www.ncgenealogy.org/ncgs-journal/ to access the journal today!


Editor’s Message

In this issue we explore select records related to children. Youth can often be a challenge to research and document. It is important to think about where such records might have been created and survive. Towards that objective, we discuss the historical practice of employing children and some of the records that survive documenting this practice. Many children were employed by mills and in other industrial settings.

Obviously, school records can be a great resource for identifying the children in a family and/or learning of the responsible guardian for the orphaned children remaining in a community; do check for orphanage records for any children you believe were orphaned and whom you don’t find documented locally. The school records explored encompass School Board Minutes. Sometimes records of students do not survive and we might explore other records created. We also explore pre-Civil War common school record). It is extremely challenging to research school children during Reconstruction and up through the 1920s when new requirements for school reports again provide documentation at least of the existence of schools, teachers and curriculum.

Also consider that your ancestors may have been considered “disabled” and in need of specialized services provided by state supported and run institutions such as the Governor Morehead School for the Blind and its predecessor schools. Our youthful ancestors did not just attend school and labor. As with youth today, many were involved in what we call extracurricular activities such as Boy Scouts and we learn more about them via some records from the Old Hickory Council. As always, check out the Book Reviews; we have quite a few this issue.

-Diane L. Richard, Editor


Table of Contents

Child Labor Certificates (Cannon Mills – Concord, NC) (1917)
By: Diane L Richard & Joyce Benson

School Records – Brief Introduction
By: Diane L. Richard

Orange County School Board Minutes (1845-1864)
By: Hope Blackford

Pasquotank School Records (1841)
By: Hope Blackford

Catawba Common School (1860-1864)
By: Pamelia Toms

Williamston Academy Students (1871-3)
By: Diane L. Richard & Hope Blackford

Boy Scouts – Old Hickory Council (1918)
By: Hope Blackford

Governor Morehead School for the Blind – Raleigh (1877-1899)
By: Diane L. Richard & Hope Blackford

Book and Media Reviews
By: W. Becket Soule


The North Carolina Genealogical Society began publishing the NCGS Journal each quarter in 1975. Access to all issues of the NCGS Journal is available to current members of NCGS. Other member benefits include: two free queries in the NCGS Newsletter, member discounts for registration for NCGS-sponsored programs, and member discounts through the NCGS store. To join, visit http://www.ncgenealogy.org/join/ .