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Gary and Carol Rigsbee of Durham, North Carolina

Updated October 29, 2007

About Our Family Research

The search for our family roots began back in the early 1990's. My niece was interested in her ancestors and I had always had a love of history so we began our search. We spent hours in the local county libraries and at the Wilson Library on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. As time went by my niece, being a young mother, gave up the search. Searching became easier when new web sites opened up and you could search from the comfort of your home. I still have to go out and search cemeteries and archives, but that just makes the new finds greater and more appreciated.

As our older generations have passed away, it became more important for me to get as much information down for our grandchildren. I wanted the very young ones to know who their greatgrandparents were and what they were like. I had given up on reunions mainly because we never knew when they were happening. Since our parents had passed way, we just didn't get the messages. But thanks to the internet I have found many second and third cousins. In doing so for the first time in many years my sister, my niece and myself went to our mother's family reunion this past summer (2000). I took with me what I had found so far and came away that day with much more. I got to see some people I had no idea where still around. That sunny Sunday afternoon was great. It re-sparked my niece's interest and she is now helping out again with the research.

Surnames are Rigsbee;Pittman;Godwin;Eldridge and Ferrell

I hope that if you are viewing this homepage and you have a connection to any of our family lines that you will contact me at so that we can share information.

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