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Pender County Family Research and History
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Genealogy Event June 6

June 6 Program on Surname Keys in Genealogy Research


The Old New Hanover Genealogy Society invites the general public to join them in the Pender County Public Library meeting room in Burgaw on Saturday, June 6 at 11:00am. A free 30-40 minute program on surnames origins will be presented by Dr. Jon Bell, Ph.D. The library is located at 103 S. Cowan St.


Dr. Bell, a library volunteer and avid genealogist, will speak on ‘And What Was That Name Again?’ “Sometimes surnames can really throw up the proverbial ‘brick wall’ or lead us astray in a big way in our genealogical research,” he said. “This short talk will attempt to whet your appetite for more detailed research on names and how they arrived at their modern form. When we find out the original version of the name, we can often open up a whole new field of research and perhaps find even more people to add to our chart,” said Dr. Bell.


The Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Research Center was formed in 2013 with the merging of the Dr. Herring’s renowned collection in Rose Hill with that of the Pender County Public Library. The library collection focused on Pender County history and genealogy while the Herring Collection was more regional in scope. Since the opening, visitors from about 15 states have used the center as well as people from across NC. The heritage center has also attracted other valuable gifts relating to local history and genealogy.


The Dallas Herring Center is housed in the historic 1900 Henry-Murphy House just across the street from the main library. It is open Thursday – Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It can be opened at other times by appointment through prior arrangement if necessary. For more information call 259-1906.


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