Iredell Genealogical Society to Hold Open House at New Location | Local news

The Genealogical Society‘s membership grew to 50 after its first year with interest generated by a series of programs featuring local historian Homer Keever, Mitchell College history professor Louis Brown, professional genealogist Mildred Miller and the natives of Iredell County Frank Gatton, responsible for the local archives. branch of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; and Dr. Jerry C. Cashion of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History. Members of the society immediately began creating family history and local history records and collecting Bible records, research papers, letters, registers and other documents from Iredell County which, initially were placed in the Iredell County Library.

By the end of their sophomore year, the society’s membership had grown to 86, with Lois Schneider as newsletter editor and Carole Hartness as typist. Society member Fae Gill began writing a column for the Statesville Record and Landmark in the late 1970s. The society published a monthly newsletter to inform members about the activities of the society until October 1986. In In January 1987, the company replaced its newsletter with the publication of a quarterly journal called “Tracks”, containing historical and genealogical information recently discovered in Iredell County. “Tracks” was created by Irene C. Black, Mildred Miller, Lois Schneider, Edith Walker and Madge W. Philbeck.

In 1980, the company published “The Heritage of Iredell County, 1980,” a 642 page book on family and local history. A second volume, titled “The Heritage of Iredell County, NC Vol. II, 2000” was subsequently published by the members of the society, Tom Winslow, Wayne and Perma Brown, Victor and Esther Crosby, Sarah Cheek, Mildred J. Miller , Mike Trivette, Viola Robertson, OC Stonestreet III, Lou Ray Cartwright, Phyllis Bailey, Edith Walker, Reverend Jamie and Nellie Gray Stimson, Susie Miller, Irene C. Black, Teresa Turner and Marty Folsom.

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