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Subject: Re: [NCROWAN] Lutheran records
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 19:12:53 EDT
I don't know much about Lutherans in Rowan Co., NC as my roots in that
county are Moravian or ousted Quakers (such as the Boones).
However, as a beginning to get acquainted, how about trying this?
Search Terms: Lutherans in Rowan County North Carolina [lower case OK]
Something came up, but were I you, I would try to get the preceding pages of
the digitized book which shows up.
A good many Germans came down from Pennsylvania to this area of North
Carolina (read a history of North Carolina or of Rowan Co.), and so your search may
have to begin with a history to understand what was happening when your
people were there. (Jumping the pond is HARD to do--I know I have a colonial
Pennsylvania German, a much later Texan German, and so on.).
If you want to understand some of the foundation of the Lutheran Church in
general, I recommend that you subscribe temporarily to this rootsweb. A
historian [may be amateur but knowledgeable] is posting paragraphs about how the
Lutheran church came about in Germany. You will have to check the archives
for last month, September, as well as reading current posts.
This rootsweb will generally NOT apply to just any German but specific
Virginia Germans who were imported in 1714 and in 1717 by Gov. Alexander
Spotswood to work the Iron mines in Virginia, not too far from present-day
Fredericksburg, VA. I don't remember whether all were Lutherans--some were Reformed,
but, frankly, I don't know the difference. (I am not well schooled in
American/German religions. My ancestors were mostly Baptists, with an occasional
The URL for this almost daily rootsweb:
You can unsubscribe if you get bored. (That is what I do with a lot of
rootsweb. They are NOT informative--just a lot of flawed queries--no dates, etc.
I don't think Rowan Co. was in existence in the early 1700s, Here is what
the Family History Library catalog says about Rowan Co.:
Rowan County was established in 1753 from Anson County. Some of the records
were destroyed by Federal troops in 1865. County seat: Salisbury.
Do you have access to an online database called HeritageQuest through your
local public library? Ask your public librarian about this. If not at your
local library, ask where you can contact a nearby library, acquire a card there
[even if you have to pay an annual fee] and sit at home and do some research
If your local library has this [some State libraries have this facility, I
am learning more and more], get the librarian to show you how to operate it.
The search engine is NOT as good as we have come to expect, but a lot of
books, now out of copyright, have been digitized, and the censuses, not all of
them indexed, are also on HQ. There are some Revolutionary War pension records
(not all, such as the rejected ones).
Some histories of Lancaster Co., PA are somewhere on the internet. I know
the Moravians, headed by Jacob Loesch/Lash, were principally from Pennsylvania
and Maryland. You may have to read the church histories of those two *old
colonies*. Good luck!
Ask your librarian if you can interlibrary books by Jo White Linn who
abstracted a good many early Rowan Co. records. There are some flaws, but books
help you to get the flavor of a place. Check with originals after you have
read some books about Rowan Co.
who finds histories help me understand some of the people's behaviors
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