The Lake Road Legacy

When your ancestors were common people from a small, rural area, you learn to set modest record expectations. I have few wills, few church records, few family bibles, and few family graveyards to walk through. Record scarcity can be discouraging but it is a normal part of genealogy and it encourages creativity and relationship building with other […]

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Joel Newsom—Senior & Junior

In my early research, the life of Joel Newsom was on the periphery. As the suspected brother of my third great grandfather, Henry Newsom, he was always a person of interest but never the focal point. After collecting a wide variety of records and slowly integrating decades of information, I came to see the life of Joel […]

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Cascading Cases: The Newsom Family

In genealogy, the last will and testament is a fundamental record. It generally names an individual’s spouse, children, and sometimes other relatives and friends. Unfortunately, many more people die intestate (without will) than testate (with will)—forcing genealogists to search for other types of evidence to prove familial relationships. So, what is the next best thing […]

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The Heirs of Winna Newsom

Although Joel Newsom is documented as a son of Moses Newsom, information about his life is relatively sparse. In the 1810 Federal Census, Joel was the head of a household of 7 other free persons in Northampton County, North Carolina. By the 1820 Federal Census, his household increased to 9 other free persons including 4 males […]

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Three Newsoms

North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh

Though the Basses were the first family presented on this site, the Newsoms are a related family with a fascinating story that extends far beyond the Great Dismal Swamp. Henry Newsom (b. 1812) is my third great grandfather and the journey to locate his family has taught me more about genealogy than any other ancestor I have […]

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