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/ 5-' 'COlbY, sec.IO,., Addicts' Hunt Pedigree N. C. DttII,,_ flfCllltur,IR_CH "Loot at me," Ted 8ragdoa: said. "I'm supposed to be on vacation to Raleigh, visiting friends. But -islI't thU terrible! - every cbance I get, I sneak over bert," Across the table, Mrs. Frank S. Moody I'IOdded. "It's an addiction." "That's right," Bngdon said. "n's like being a dope addicl" But it wasn't anything like drugs that brought the two together : It was tbelr pedigrees. Both had come long distaDces - 8ragdoD from Maine, Mrs. Moody from Ala· bama - to spend the gray January afternoon in the geneaJogy section of the N. C. Slate Library. There, among the stacks of taJ: lists, census lists, revoilltionary l"(l!ters, diaries and deeds. Bragdon had asked Mn. Maddy "Are you by chaDce related to the Malne Moodys?" aDd two "addicts" were off on their favorite subject - ,."..Iogy. They are not all that UDU$U31. In 1975, the genealogy section served 12,2" patroM, ".bo used its facilites in person, over the . telephone and through the malls. The volume of mall the section receives has doubled in the past two years. Tht state even ha.s a genealogical society, organized oo1y a year ago but already boa3ting more than 700 members. according to one of its directors. Dr, Lenox D. Baker. Dr. Baker, a retired surgeon, says genealogy takes up a5 mucb time as a fun time job. "I .on: at it day and nigbt," he said. Geneolggy jook up p'E:.9~e Migrees ofJ~rory. . . .. .. "-11,0. 2-/;:, /~ /,-//. ~nt domg thi.s, Bragdon blooded bobby - and (or many his wife and his mistress _ SlId. " I have other interests:- people, a profession -in a his- "provided they live quiet and I st.i, 1 travel. But genea10gy 1$ torlcaU,. non-aristocratic contented together" in the my first love." nation? same bouse 8ragdoo's search (or his "Maybe it's because Amerl- . family has been unusually sue- cans have such a rootless, roo- People hunting for North cessful. In the last two and a bile society," suggested David Carolina family histories soon half years, be claims to have Bevan, chief of library tnlor- work their way out of the turned lip more than 7~(0) matIon services. "It gives pel)- genealogy section, for it COD-Bragdons across the Uruted pie a sense of security and of tains mostly secondary sourc- States, all apparently d~ belonging to know wbere their es; transcribed and published ed from one man who enugrat- allC'eStors lived and what they deeds, wills, census records, eel towhat is DOW Maine in 1632. were like." published archives and so on. . Mrs. Mooctr - ,~o v:,u trae- Lee Albright, bead of the mg her fanuly only to the genealogy section, thinks pel)- 18th century - .as ~t the pie also get involved with North Carol~ IJbrary WIth ber genealogy _ and stay involved husband, a Birmingham doc- _ because it'a fun. tor. They were putting in a few "The people you find in the eight-hour days at the genealo- records" she said "become gy room a5 a "vacation" be- more ~al to you ~n some of fore Or. MOQdy had to attend a the people you see in the eleva-medical meeting at Pinebunl tor every day." "We really' enJoy it," Mrs. The old m»rds certainly Moody said. "I've been doing show more personality than the genealogy for the past 10 years. sort of computeriud remains ... We have an Airstream trail· we leave our descendants now- ~aooMcewe~t~ow~ adays. m the genealogical library m Leafing througb a volume en- Colwnbla (S. C.). We were titled " Abstract of the Wilb of there from morning till plgbl. Edgecombe County, 1733- everyday.Andltwasopeneve- 1856," for example, you find nings and Sundays. It was John F1anagin. He may have wonderfuL" dled in 1793, but It still ral.ses To obtain original d0cuments, or to verily the published pieces in the genealogy room, you must go to the state archives. These are the "real" records - handwritten, yellowing documents from all over the state - stored and guarded In the same downtown Raleigb building that houses the library. "I spend every spare Why the growing interest in eyebrows today to read that be genealogy? Why such a blue- lit all his between To do any out-of-state research - for example, if your family came to North Carolina from Virginia - you would remain in the genealogy room, for it also contains ertensI.vt published material from each of the original 13 colonies as I well as some materi&1 from at least 20 other states.
|Title||Addicts' Hunt Pedigree|
North Carolina. Department of Cultural Resources.
Libraries and community
|Place||North Carolina, United States|
(1945-1989) Post War/Cold War period
|Publisher||Raleigh News & Observer|
|Rights||Copyrighted Material see http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,63752;|
Clippings (information artifacts)
|Digital Characteristics-A||422 KB; 1 p.|
|Digital Collection||State Library Bicentennial|