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Guilford Genealogist editor Bradley R. Foley has recently published two volumes that will be of interest to those researching families in this area. In Letters Home: The Civil War Correspondence of Lt. Col. Alexander C. McAlister (348 pages), Brad shares McAlister’s correspondence with his wife Adelaide. Their story reveals much about war’s challenges both on the battlefield and the home front. The letters reference many others residing in Randolph and Guilford counties. Also of recent vintage is his Guilford County Militia Records, 1806-1854 (160 pages), a transcription of the Guilford County Record of Courts Martial Proceedings. This is an excellent source for documenting the evolution of Guilford County’s local defense force. Names of ordinary militiamen abound in such records. Both books are available on Amazon.

at the High Point Public Library

In January, the Friends of the High Point Public Library granted the Heritage Research Center a generous sum of money to enhance their colonial Virginia collection of books, covering the 1600s and 1700s. Some eighty new titles were purchased. They mainly concern counties in and near the northern neck of Virginia, including Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Richmond, Essex, and Rappahannock. They have also added some titles recently for King George, Goochland and Amelia counties. Already, due to Stephan’s dedicated efforts, most of these titles have been added to the shelves and are available for research. Look for further Virginia additions later this year.

Also, over the last five months of 2014, they were able to purchase a significant amount of microfilm relating to Guilford County and nearby counties, notably Stokes (from which Forsyth was formed), Rockingham, Randolph and Davidson. As you probably know, many of the deed books of these counties have been digitized and are available on their respective register of deeds websites. However, this is not true in Randolph County. The Center now has indexes and deed books up to 1900 for that county. In Davidson County, the deed images are online, but the old index books are not. They now have the index books for Davidson on microfilm. They did not purchase estate files or wills for any of these counties because they are already or will soon be available on-line through the FamilySearch website.

In addition, the Center has purchased the following microfilm:

GUILFORD: Apprentice Bonds, Bastardy Bonds, Confederate Pensions, Court Martial Proceedings 1808-1852, Divorces 1820-1929, Slave Records 1781-1864, Records of Incorporation 1886-1951.

DAVIDSON: Superior Court Minutes 1824-1929, Equity Court Minutes, Apprentice Bonds 1824-1918, Bastardy Bonds 1823-1935, Divorces, 1831-1944. (County Court Minutes have been ably transcribed and indexed to 1868 by Dewey Snider.)

ROCKINGHAM: County Court Minutes to 1868, Superior Court Minutes 1807-1888, Apprentice Bonds, Bastardy Bonds, Tax Records, 1857-1899, Slave Records, 1795-1841, Divorces 1824-1921.

STOKES: County Court Minutes to 1868, Superior Court Minutes, 1807-1846, Equity Court Minutes, 1849-1868, Apprentice Bonds, Bastardy Bonds 1790-1932, Tax Records, 1790-1927, Military Records, 1779-1913, Slave Records, 1806-1860.

Heritage Research Center
High Point Public Library
(336) 883-3637

Interesting Offers for Researchers
of Guilford County and North Carolina

Revolutionary War Soldiers from Surry County, NC, Vol. 1, A - C by Carol Leonard Snow. For more information or to order, contact C & L Historical Publications, PO Box 703, Toast, NC 27049.


The Heritage of Charlotte County, Virginia, Volume II, 1765-2011is now available from the South Central Virginia Genealogical Society. For information see the "Store" at the SCVGS website at or click here. Call Jackie Gray at 434-542-5526 if you have any questions.


The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry by Daniel W. Patterson was published by The University of North Carolina Press. Click here for more information or to order.


New CDs from the North Carolina Genealogical Society:
North Carolina Research: Genealogy & Local History, 2nd Edition, edited by Helen F. M Leary, CG, FASG
Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, N.C., Newspapers, 1799-1839 by Lois Smathers Neal
Go to the North Carolina Genealogical Society Store for more information.


Be on the lookout for a new Guilford County, NC, Civil War book. C. Michael Briggs is currently writing his fourth book on local history. His new book will be titled Guilford Under the Stars and Bars. Mr Briggs states that this book will cover all important events that happened in Guilford County during the Civil War. He also says that his books are sold by local museums and the State History Museum.


Other Featured Publications

1895 Map of Guilford County
Greensboro North Carolina: The County Seat of Guilford
The Wharton, Donnell, Shoffner Connection 1870 - 1983
Guilford County Cemeteries, Vol II, Eastern Section
1850 Census of Guilford County, Schedule 1: Population
Guilford Co., NC Court Minutes, Aug. Term 1781 - May Term 1788
Something of the Story of Deep River
C.M Miller's 1908 Map of Guilford County

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