Kinsearching November 7, 2010




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

     Another work by Gayle King Blankenship that is now available from a major genealogical publishing company is SOME FAMILIES OF BEDFORD & WASHINGTON COUNTIES, VIRGINIA, AND ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: BRIGHT, BUFORD, CASH, CRAWFORD, CREWS, DAVIS, DOWNS, EARLY, FOSTER, FRANKLIN, GRAY, HUDDLESTON, LAWHORN, MCGEORGE, MCNEW, PARKER, PERROTT, PENDERGRASS, POINDEXTER, POWELL, QUARLES, ST. CLAIR, SCOGGINS, SHREWSBURY, SMITH, TYLER, WARREN, WATTS, WIGGENTON. Like the material in her other books often used by researchers at the Library of Virginia, the information in this volume concerns genealogies of regional Virginia and North Carolina families. In this publication, she examines the ancestry of her brother-in-law, Terry St. Clair.

     SOME FAMILIES OF BEDFORD & WASHINGTON COUNTIES, VIRGINIA, AND ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA follows the pattern Blankenship utilized in her other works. Beginning with the oldest known progenitor, she traces individual family lines through several generations and shows their connection to her relatives. Pedigrees frequently go back to a seventeenth-century forebear while descendants may be followed into the twentieth century. Within the narrative pertaining to each main surname, she interweaves documentation and verbatim transcriptions of a variety of sources while embellishing the story where historical evidence permits. The text is detailed but concise.

     Because it contains material on twenty-nine regional families, SOME FAMILIES OF BEDFORD & WASHINGTON COUNTIES, VIRGINIA, AND ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA will serve as a helpful resource for many genealogists with roots in these areas. In addition, researchers tracing these particular lines will appreciate the convenience of having a copy of Blankenship’s book in their personal library.

     The 419-page publication has soft covers; a preface that includes a list of abbreviations used in the book, references, and a list of contributors, sources, and acknowledgements; pedigree charts; and a full name index. To the book's price of $55.00, buyers should add the charges for postage and handling. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order 9543) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Did you know that many records from the National Archives are now available in digital format? As a result, you can enjoy the convenience of ordering documents online. Although the digitized copies cost the same as paper copies, you receive them much faster.

     Digitized materials of most interest to genealogists include immigration and naturalization records, land files, military service and pension records, census pages, court records, World War I draft and registration cards, and Native American records. You can purchase documents by going to the website at For more details, you may call 1-800-234-8861.

     “Kith and kin” is a term that genealogists come across during the course of research. But what does it mean? Kith refers to friends and acquaintances. Kin, of course, refers to relatives.

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