Archive Spotlights

Feb 11, 2013

Transcript of Callie Saleeby interview online

The transcript of the interview conducted with Callie Saleeby is now on our website under the Saleeby Family collection. You can access it here. Callie speaks openly in this rich interview about her Scotch-Irish upbringing in Wilmington and Fayetteville, NC. I had […]

Sep 19, 2012

New! North Carolina Lebanese Naturalizations: 1909-1945

We just uncovered over 60 naturalization records for Lebanese immigrants in North Carolina from 1909-1945. Available on our website, these rich documents can provide wonderful genealogical information not only about the naturalized person, but also about their families. However, the […]

Sep 1, 2012

Home movies of Joseph El-Khouri

Joseph Maroun El-Khouri was an immigrant to the United States in 1949. He was born in Kour, Batroun, Lebanon in 1924 to Rev. Maroun El-Khouri and Mariam Yazbek El-Khouri, one of seven children. Joseph was asked to come to the United States to […]

Aug 26, 2012

Reuniting the Alkazins

Welcome to our guest blogger, Marjorie Merod who contributed this post! Many families were divided in the course of immigration. David Alkazin left the United States in 1900 with his eldest daughter Rosa, and son Elias. It was a full […]

Aug 13, 2012

Peddler’s license

An 1897 article in a Wilmington newspaper titled “The Peddlers License: A Word or Two About How To Many Peddlers Fake It” details the perception of Assyrian peddlers. Today, many families have ties to first-wave immigrants arriving in North Carolina […]

Aug 3, 2012

Patrick and his grandmother

Dorothy Findelin’s eldest son, Patrick who now lives in Virginia with his family, recalls a few great memories of his 95-year-old grandmother, Alma Parker, who currently lives in the Triangle. Born in 1917 in Edgecomb County and married to Shikralla […]

Aug 2, 2012

The Mack family bible

Like cherished photographs, artifacts, family trees, home movies and heirlooms, family bibles are generational treasures that offer a glimpse into the lives of everyone who touched it. The Mack family bible is no exception. Threadbare and yellowing, the bible is […]

Jul 20, 2012

Calling on FDR

In September 1928, Mr. Michael Norman Mansour of Goldsboro, North Carolina, the owner Mansour’s Department Store (later called Hub Department Store) received two letters while in New York City on business from Franklin Delano Roosevelt urging him to support New […]