…Mom takes a road trip (or two!).
I love getting away from my computer to research genealogy! While I love researching with my computer, it’s nice to get away and talk to real people.
Last week I headed up to Danville, VA. In the Danville public library the Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society has its research room. Their resources include books and records pertaining to the southern Virginia and neighboring NC counties. I wasn’t after “official” records on this trip, I was after something a little different.
I was particularly interested in the society’s vertical files and family histories. Vertical files can contain just about anything:
- Earlier researchers notes
- Family Bibles
- bits of oral history
- Histories of small communities and/or churches
You see, I am at the point in my research on both the Haley and Elliott lines where I have hit brick walls. (Surely one of these will crumble soon – I hope.) I was hoping to find clues in the vertical files to generate my next research plan for one or both of these family lines.
Was I successful?
Yes and no.
No new information came to light on my Haley family. (Sigh…)
I found a lot of information on the Elliott family of Halifax County, VA. The Virginia Elliotts are a popular family with researchers. Not as much information was found on the NC Elliotts even though the families are geographically not that far apart. In all likelihood , they are related on some level. The Halifax County background information was particularly helpful when I later placed it alongside the “official” Elliott records. Unfortunately,I did not find anything on my King Elliott line. (Another sigh….)
While from a research viewpoint, the trip was only mildly successful, getting to know another repository and its available resources was a valuable experience.
Note: If you want to use the resource room of the Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society, be sure and check their available resources and hours here.