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Northeast North Carolina Family History SUMMER!! By: Irene Hampton Last month I wrote of how even some psychologists have been converted to the importance of family history as a tool to strengthen children’s ability to deal with the trials that eventually come in life. When and where to obtain and then pass on such information can be answered many ways, the first of which is summer! The season of graduations, weddings, family vacations and reunions is upon us. In the summer of 2006 our family drove to Las Vegas to visit one son and then up to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan for a family reunion. We celebrated the 100th anniversary of my grandparents farm as it was officially recognized as a Centennial Farm. Our youngest son was a captive audience as we shared stories and memories across thousands of miles. During an earlier reunion, I had pushed a cousin to gather the children of those grandparents (our aunts and uncles) in a panel discussion of growing up from the 1920’s through the 1940’s on a rural Canadian farm. There was a 25 year difference between the 11 siblings, and one of my favorite moments was the horror on one aunt’s face as her younger brothers described stealing chickens and having a friendly neighbor cook them. Thankfully their life of crime ended there. The years stretching between the brothers and sisters led them down very different paths. One became a nurse, another an artist, one brother became the president of a college . Most remained farmers and many of the sisters became homemakers after they married but wielded influence in their communities across three Canadian provinces. The trials and triumphs of struggling through the depression and the Dirty Thirties shaped my mother and her siblings. They were industrious and very self-sufficient. The girls’ skill in sewing made them the envy of their classmates. As the oldest child, my mother recounted snaring gophers whose pelts became a coat for a baby brother. When my husband spoke of his fondness for a Davy Crockett cap he had as a boy, she promptly found a thrift store fur coat and turned it into a coonskin style cap for our son. One of my favorite memories of my mother’s inventiveness was her desire to remove the heavy snows from our one story roof. Mom was taken out of school in the eighth grade to help at home. She was ever inventive and purchased a lengthy pole, attached a cookie sheet to the end and created her perfect snow removal tool. Perhaps inspired by her own mother, who told stories of putting her firstborn in the back of a wagon to go out with the men to fight a prairie grass fire, there is a way to resolve every problem! With all the technology at our disposal today, almost anyone can permanently record and share interviews with family members. At the gatherings so many will be attending this summer, make a point to ask open ended questions - questions that need more than a yes or no answer. During the two decades we lived here before my husband’s grandmother’s death, I never thought to ask her how she and her husband met. I was surprised to find that her children didn’t know either and that wonderful piece of family history is now lost forever. SO, what would you like to know? What would you like future generations to know about you - what has made you who you are? What do you wish you had asked about people who are no longer here? Ask those questions and then share, discuss, laugh and enjoy! Next time I’ll delve into some of the specifics about research to help you on your quest to learn about your family history. Irene Hampton earned a Certificate 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, PasquotankCounty, 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 26 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015

Rock The Cape is a festival to benefit the Dare County Arts Council. The fundraiser will celebrate the creative community of Hatteras Island with music, live art demonstrations, hands-on crafts and activities for children. Dozens of local artists, musicians and businesses will be part of this year’s event. Tickets for the Rock The Cape concert are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. The Art Exposition during the day is free and open to the public. Tickets are available now online at and will be available beginning April 27th at Koru Village in Avon, Dare County Arts Council in Manteo and Cloud Nine Gallery in Nags Head. Additional ticket outlets will be announced at a later date. Rock The Cape is made possible through an event grant by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau. For the second consecutive year, the festival is presented by PNC Bank. For more information, visit or contact Dare County Arts Council at or via phone at (252) 473-5558. Founded in 1975, Dare County Arts Council is the North Carolina Arts Council’s official designated county partner for Dare County and celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Tassimo Coffee Maker Coffee maker in great shape. Uses Tassimo cartridges. $25 Ask for Ken 252-562-0987 Phone # : 2525620987 Cree small tactical flashlight. Runs off of AA battery and is really bright. Local hardware has these at $6.99 but visit River City Computers and we will sell you one for $5.99 River City Computers and Electronics Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015 27