[This blog post was written by Josh Hager, Reference Archivist in the Reference Unit of the Collections Services Section.]
On the heels of a successful Ancestry Day event, the State Archives of North Carolina in proud to announce the current Search Room exhibit: The Earnhardt Family Tree, 1768-Present. This exhibit case commemorates two of North Carolina’s favorite sons, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Earnhardt family tree in North Carolina begins in the mid-18th century, when Johannes Ehrenhardt emigrated from Germany to modern day Cabarrus County. The Ehrenhardt family stayed in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties from Johannes’s emigration through the present day. They intermarried with other well-known Cabarrus County families, such as the Misenheimers and the Colemans. Visitors to the Search Room will have the chance to trace the family’s journey through detailed family trees.
This exhibit also highlights the different kinds of records that genealogists may find when conducting their research. Included in the exhibit case is a will, a marriage bond, a marriage register and license, and a Revolutionary War Army account book. Of course, genealogists will find many other record groups to peruse on their visit to the Search Room, including Loose Estates, Deeds, and Land Grants, just to name a few.
The Earnhardt Family Tree, 1768-Present is on display through the end of November. We hope that all visitors to the Search Room will enjoy learning more about genealogical research and the Earnhardt family.