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Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 Final

October 2016

Frisco Native American

Frisco Native American Museum MUSEUM DISPLAYS GRAY GHOST When might a museum knowingly display a “fake” artifact? When it has educational or artistic value, of course. And that’s what the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center has done with two very beautiful “gray ghosts” created after World War II by Hall of Fame flint knapper, Brian Reinhardt. For almost fifty years, Mr. Reinhardt created and marketed knapped flint points to wholesalers. He never presented them as authentic artifacts and in fact, sold them only in gross lots (144 items). His work was originally hand pressure flaked, but he eventually developed a device that enabled him to mass produce the points. There is some evidence that Reinhardt took measures to distinguish him creations from ancient artifacts: his points are much flatter than the typical knapped artifact, and you can sometimes see the original saw marks from cutting the stone slabs. The term “ghost” has been used to describe artifacts with unknown provenience (origin). Although Reinhardt was not the only maker of modern points, the quantity and quality of his work eventually made him an urban legend, with his points labeled “Gray Ghosts” because of their predominately gray color. His work became highly collectible within its own rights. Over time, unscrupulous sellers mixed gray ghosts with authentic artifacts, and sadly, many people have purchased a Reinhard point believing it to be an ancient item of great value. The Reinhardt points at the museum are beautiful to see anytime, but October is a particularly fitting month to check out these ‘ghostly” items! Mention this Ad and get a free Hot Dog when you purchase a Hot Dog. Other program opportunities are available with advance planning. The museum is located on Hatteras Island and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Mondays by appointment only. For more information visit www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Senior Center The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center “Serving the Young at Heart, Adults 55 or Older” The Senior Center offers a wide variety of exciting programs, trips and activities for the senior citizens of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County. We strive to create a “family” atmosphere that promotes social, mental, physical and emotional overall well-being. Lauren Turner Senior Center Coordinator seniorcenter@cityofec.com Phone: (252)337-6661 or (252)337-6662 34 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Northeast North Carolina Family History – Happy Family History Month!! By: Irene Hampton - nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com I was debating between two research resources to celebrate October as Family History Month and decided why debate when I could do both!! The first is from a wonderfully useful site “Find A Grave.” Each year they hold a Community Meetup where anyone interested can go to a graveyard and take pictures of headstones to memorialize everyone in that cemetery and it happens to be October 7th – 9th this year. Not sure if a cemetery near you has been completed? Here are three options: go to “Find A Grave Community Days” Facebook page and follow the links. Choose the link “Review a list of local cemeteries for your county”, which will let you see the state and county you are interested in. Same thing if you go to ancstry. me/2cFMCK (not a typo, there is no “e”) or www.ancestry.com/cs/find-a-grave-community-day. Once you locate your area, there will be three columns indicating “Photo Requests,” “Internments” and “Percent Photographed.” As an example, Camden County has 224 cemeteries listed and there is a photo request on Joys Creek Road in South Mills for the tombstone of William Abbott (1831-1881). The site gives specific directions and tons of cemeteries needing to be photographed. Local counties: Currituck- 265 cemeteries; Dare County - 263; Perquimans – 250 and Pasquotank – 176. Rural counties have many very small cemeteries, while larger communities show fewer but larger cemeteries. In Virginia, Chesapeake lists 128 cemetery sites, Norfolk – 46, Portsmouth – 32 and Virginia Beach – 191. Find A Grave is a free website and some industrious souls even add obituary information which I have solved more than one mystery with. Missed the date? I doubt anyone will mind if you add photos later! Be warned that the spellings are often a little interesting… My second research resource is the 1900 US Federal census, probably the favorite of most researchers for a variety of reasons. To quote from “The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy,” p. 117, “The 1900 census is the only available census that provides columns for including the exact month and year of every person enumerated… The 1900 census is also the only census to include space to record the number of years couples were married, the number of children born to the mother and how many were still living. This census was also the first to indicate how long the immigrant had been in the country and whether naturalized…” Censuses were taken in many countries. In the United States, they began in 1790 and have been taken every ten years since. The earliest only gave the name of the head of household and how many males and females of varying ages lived in that household. Beginning in 1850 questions regarding age, sex, color, occupation and birthplace (usually state) were added. The question of relationship of others listed in the household to the head of the household was added in 1880 as well as street addresses for cities. (Care needs to be taken in that children listed may be the children of the head of household but not the current wife.) Important to all researchers is the fact that the 1890 census burned in a fire in the Commerce Department in 1921. There are 6,160 names from 11 states that survived, including some from Gaston and Cleveland counties in North Carolina. The reason this becomes very important for researchers is a child born after the 1880 census could easily have died, been married or moved out of their parents’ home by the 1900 census. Checking how many children a mother has had between 1880 and 1900 and how many are still living helps establish if this is a good possibility. What is the most recent census you have access to? Well that would be 1940. Don’t they take them every ten years? Well yes, the government does, but to protect the privacy of living people, the government has a 72 year restriction on that information. The 1950 census will become available to researchers in 2022. And for those researching slave ancestry, slave indexes were taken in 1850 and 1860 and included the name of the slave owner, and the age and sex of the slave. It is very rare for an enumerator to include the names of the slaves, although one Camden County official did so for the 1860 slave census. Is everyone that lived in the United States during a given census period listed you may ask? Simple answer – no. To again quote “The Source” p. 108, “Whether families or individuals were not counted because they lived in remote areas or because they would not tolerate an enumerator’s personal questions, millions have been missed…” Irene Hampton earned cerrtificate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”. You may contact her at nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com. Windsor Picture Tour facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 35