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November 20, 2022
Above, I added an option to enter your email address to be notified when I post new articles in the blog. This is usually no more than a few times a month. Also, at the end of each article there is an opportunity to leave comments. While I usually share these articles on Facebook, not everyone wants to use social media. This is a convenient way for everyone to share their thoughts. We get to try out both of these features with today's new post about the 1841 Wilkes County School Census.

October 28, 2022
I completed another update to how the Wilkes Land Grants are presented. I replaced the cumbersome 1,500-page listing of all the grants with a neat searchable table. Now, if you want to find all the grants issued to Spicer, you just type that name in the search filter. To go to the map where I've located that property, there's a convenient link to the grid map beside the name. There's also a link to the corresponding GPS coordinates in Google Maps. I'll use this a lot for my own research, and I hope others will find it useful, too.

September 24, 2022
Updated maps of Wilkes County Land Grants now include the placement of grants on Big Elkin Creek, Little Elkin Creek, Bugaboo Creek, Roaring River, Rock Creek, Mulberry Creek, Swan Creek, Wrights Creek, Grays Creek, Briar Creek, Moravian Creek, Warrior Creek, and Kings Creek. Next up is Reddies River and Hunting Creek.

October 2, 2021
As we collect more information on David Allen's Iron Works which was located on the Big Elkin Creek, I'm adding more records and photos to the Elkin History page. We've learned that this historic site played a larger roll during the Revolutionary War than we first realized.

March 18, 2021
I added a new page to the site: "My Research Services". I'm starting a small business where I do research for people who have a genealogy mystery to solve and who need help in solving it. It's the same sort of projects I've been working on for years, but I want to start doing it full time. I believe I'm good at it, and I enjoy doing it, so I'm taking steps to turn my hobby into a new career.

March 18, 2021
I made an upgrade to the header for each page on the website. A simple logo is at the left, and menu choices are at the right on a large screen. This layout is better for small screens because the menu becomes a vertical list when viewed on a phone. I also think it looks more modern and professional.

March 12, 2021
Over the past two years, I've expanded my Wilkes Co, NC, Land Grants project beyond those on Roaring River. I now have a plan for working on grants throughout the county and for presenting them online. I have most grants plotted for the northeast part of the county including those on Big Elkin, Little Elkin, Bugaboo, Roaring River, and Rock Creek. Next is Mulberry Creek, but I also want to continue trying to place the stragglers on these other creeks.
The Wilkes Land Grant page is under the "Records" tab > "Wilkes Co, NC" > "#6 Wilkes Land Grants".

April 25, 2020
Over the past four months, I've scanned and catalogued every genealogy-related photo that I have. Nearly 1,000 additional photos are now online. As of today, there are a total of 4,231 photos. I also updated the Photo Family Trees for each of my grandparents. These are a set of family trees that show my grandparents' ancestors and the siblings of their ancestors.

February 20, 2020
Once again, I made a new and improved photo album. The one that I started in December had too many bugs and glitches. The biggest problem is that anyone who tried to view it with IE or Edge browsers would lock up my entire website. This new one seems much more stable, and it has some nice bells and whistles that I'll use. Today there are 3,878 photos on the site. This is a link to the blog post explaining how to use the filters and sorting features on the photos page.

December 28, 2019
Introducing a new and improved photo album! Accessible from the photos page, this is one table that includes all the old photos I have on the site. All pictures are presented in one long list. To find what you're looking for among the 3,000+ pictures, type in the surname or any other keywords to filter the list. I think it will be more user-friendly once we all get used to it. Click on the picture to open a larger version in a separate browser tab. Unfortunately, it does not work with the Edge or Explorer browsers. Use Chrome or Firefox which are both free.

September 24, 2019
For the past few weeks I've taken a break from my Roaring River Land Grant project to explore old deeds and landmarks in nearby Elkin. This started with a hunt for the old David Allen Iron Forge which appears to have been near the library. Now I'm working with some old maps, deeds, and grants to identify early property owners. I'm collecting this information on a new Elkin Research page. Over the next few weeks I'll work to make the page more organized and post additional records and maps.

July 14, 2019
I'm changing the blog format. I've ignored it for several months because the Wordpress application was giving problems, and eventually it stopped working altogether. By designing it myself, I'll have more control over how the content looks, and it will be easier to add new articles.

Mar 26, 2019
The debut of a new page of maps for the Roaring River system in Wilkes Co, NC. This has been 4 years in the making, and I still have several more maps to add to the page.

Oct 17, 2018
I've started a blog. When I find random genealogy stories that I find interesting, I'll write a short post.

Feb 11, 2018
Made a complete update to my research files. The last update was way back in 2007, and I had collected 11 years worth of additional research that needed to be incorporated into it. I updated the font, made the census entries easier to read, and slightly changed the general layout of each section. This is the sixth major update I've made since my first printing back in 1996.

Dec 9, 2016
Added a new photo album for Grayson Co, VA, and surrounding areas. This is a separate album from the one that includes eastern Carroll Co, Floyd Co, and Pulaski Co, VA. Also added over 100 pictures mostly of the Donithan family.

Feb 28, 2016
Added a one-page collection of photos for the 8 children of William H. Absher (b1855) and his wife Cassie Ingool (b1857).

Feb 28, 2016
Added a one-page collection of photos for the 7 children of Andrew J. Richardson (b1874) and his wife Geneva Prevette (b1881).

Feb 28, 2016
In the last two weeks, added over 150 pictures for Wilkes Co, NC. They are mainly pictures of the Absher and Richardson families from Traphill.

June 22, 2014
In the last three weeks, added over 150 pictures for Alleghany Co, NC. They are mainly pictures of the Brooks and Williams families.

May 4, 2014
The "Research" page has been redesigned slightly to make it easier to read. Also, my family trees and a link to my ancestry.com tree are also included there.

December 29, 2013
On the "Pictures" page, under "Miscellaneous" there is a new file showing 41 old postcards saved by Paris Goad and his wife Vertie Mitchell. They lived in Carroll/Floyd Co, VA.

October 15, 2013
On the "Videos" page, under "Video Discussions", Item #5 is a new video showing the pictures that I've found of Richard Bauguess' grandchildren. This generation was born mostly between 1800 and 1840.

October 15, 2013
On the "Articles" page, under "My Spreadsheets", Item #1 is a chart organizing some of the children and grandchildren of Richard Bauguess who settled in Wilkes Co, NC.

July 31, 2013
I added an interesting story to the "Records" page: a transcription of the estate papers for Emanuel Bauguess (1797-1861) of Wilkes Co, NC.

July 27, 2013
I've now passed 2,100 pictures in the online album!

February 4, 2013
I updated the collection of pictures for the children of Matt Bauguess and Julia Pruitt. (Pictures -> Pictures of Siblings). I was able to add more pictures of Bette and Sherd as well as another picture of my great-grandfather John S. Bauguess.

July 1, 2012
A new look for my genealogy research on webjmd.com.

After 10 years or more, I decided it was time to update my webpage. Over the next few weeks I'll continue to make some minor adjustments, but if you discover anything that doesn't work correctly, please let me know! I wanted this site to have a more modern look. It was starting to feel claustrophobic with all of my links on a single page. Now there is a single row of buttons across the top and bottom of the page that will take you to the different sections. I'm also starting to make some videos, and now they are listed on their own page as well.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

June 2, 2012
Cousins from the BILLINGS REUNION... send me your email address so I can contact you when I receive new information on our ancestors.

April 30, 2012
Cousins from the BLACKBURN family... send me your email address so I can contact you when I receive new information on our ancestors.

November 16, 2011
New! My first DVD Slide Show is now available for Traphill, Wilkes Co. Visit the Videos Page to view a sample.

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Jason Duncan
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Statesville, NC 28625

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