Welcome and summary of project
Introduction to the project
Goals of the project
Need for the project
What's in store for the project
Documents that have been transcribed
Links to other websites
There are 2 ways that I am trying to acheive these goals. The first is that I am asking anyone with NC Bradfords to send me their information. I am keeping a database of the NC lines. I am not asking you to send the information so I can hoard it or keep control of it, I will gladly accept help. What I am doing with the information is 2-fold. First, I am entering all names and any information a person sends. While doing this, I make note of any documented information you specify and any estimated information (for instance, born between 1790-1795). When I enter this information, I also note for every documented information and name who sent the information. I use this information so that if someone else sends the same line, I can put you in contact with each other! I also use the information so that if I dig up anything for your line, I'll know who to contact. Secondly, I have a TON of NC resources and have easy access to the state archives and aim to do research on the NC Bradfords 3 hours a week. So far, I've found wills, marriages, land information, court records, and more. I make copies of all records I find and hopefully can fill in some missing information for you.
I am also working with the folks that maintain the Bradford Y-DNA Project in hopes it will give us some help. This site is working on the traditional genealogical methods and they are using newer DNA methods and hopefully with the 2 combined, we can finally straighten out the lines.
As you can see, It is really easy to confuse these lines and they can get jumbled up into a huge knot. For instance, all three lines had a David Bradford all living around the same time before the 1800s. 2 of those Davids has sons named David, both born around the same time. There are many cases of Thomas and William and Philemon in both northern lines, all living around the same time. Through the DNA project, we know it is not a case of folks moving back and forth between counties or owning land in both counties, they are distinctly different lines. And to top it all off, none of the lines are related. It's my goal (and I'm sure others!) to untangle that knot.
Any information I find, I will be putting on this site and link from this page. I have numerous wills I'm in the process of transcribing (or at least abstracting to get online quicker), and currently going through each county and recording all the Bradford marriages. This information will be coming onto this site county by county. If what you are looking for is not on the site when you come, check back periodically, it may be uncovered, or sitting in my "to do" pile. I will attempt to get at least one new thing on this site a week, but please realize my time is limited so be patient. I am not retired, I work a full time job as well as school full time, plus I host genealogy chats on another site and work on their webteam as well.
What you can do is, if you haven't already, send me your NC Bradford information. I will add it to the database and let you know if you connect with anyone. At this point, it would be unlikely if you did not connect with anyone as there are 530 Bradfords in my database as of November 13, 2006, and I'm still in the process of adding others.
Also, you can help by sending biographies of your NC Bradford ancestors. I've seen some very interesting information sent to me, as far as occupations and records they've found, but I'd love hear more about then and I'm sure others would as well.
Deeds and Indentures