Kinsearching January 7, 2007




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The Moravians of the Piedmont area of the Tar Heel State left their indelible stamp on the state's culture. Insight into their communities can be found in such sources as church diaries and minutes books kept by Moravian ministers. The continuing series RECORDS OF THE MORAVIANS IN NORTH CAROLINA has provided genealogists, historians, and casual readers with almost daily accounts of life in the state stretching back to colonial times. Anyone interested in this religious group will welcome the latest addition, VOLUME XIII, 1867 - 1876 edited by C. Daniel Crews and Lisa D. Bailey.

     This thirteenth volume covers a momentous period in the state's history-- the aftermath of and recovery from the Civil War and Reconstruction. The material examines the accommodation of whites and blacks as they adjust to new roles following the end of slavery. Other topics include the tattered post-war economy, the renewed growth of the communities of Salem and Winston, the incorporation of the town of Kernersville, and the advance of the railroad through Moravian lands.

     Genealogists will be especially interested in the church registers, which furnish births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials of church members, both black and white. Many entries contain miscellaneous information details about individuals. When Anna Johanna VOGLER died on 5 August 1870 at age 95, for instance, the Salem register states: "She will be the oldest person buried in our graveyard." The same register supplied this additional information about Maria DENKE, who died on 27 November 1868: "...she was a tutoress in our Female Academy for more than 50 years...."

     Also of particular interest to family researchers are lists of transactions involving the sale of lots and land. An example is land sold by the Salem Congregation between the years 1857 - 1876. Information includes the names of the purchasers, lot number or brief description of the land, price, and date of the document. Libraries that already have the earlier volumes in the series will want to be sure they have a copy of RECORDS OF THE MORAVIANS IN NORTH CAROLINA, VOLUME XIII, 1867 - 1876 on their shelves.

     Scattered throughout the text are illustrations and photographs of Moravian buildings, people, and celebrations, such as the Home Church in Salem decorated for Christmas around 1909. A foldout map of Salem and Winston in 1876 at the back of the book has an index to names of land owners in both towns. Containing more than 563 pages, the hardback is fully indexed.

     Priced at $50.00 postpaid ($57.80 for North Carolina residents), VOLUME XIII may be ordered from Historical Publications Section (N), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4622. For credit card orders, call 919-733-7442, fax 919-733-1439, or use the secure online shop at The Historical Publications Section's catalog of more than 160 North Carolina publications, including other colonial titles, is online at

     Since names and nicknames are so important in genealogy, it is essential that they be written and punctuated in a manner that all researchers can understand. If proper forms are not use, they may lead to confusion as well as drawing the wrong conclusion. In earlier times, for instance, Polly was a common nickname for Mary. Sometimes you may see a woman's name given as Mary (Polly) McConnell when the genealogist is trying to point out that Polly was Mary's nickname. The correct way to write her nickname is Mary "Polly" McConnell. When Polly is enclosed in parentheses, that indicates it is her maiden name.