Documentation Used on this Website ...

Marriage and Divorce Records

Marriage licenses can sometimes be the only source of a woman's maiden name and they usually show ages or dates of birth. It can also be important to see just when a marriage fails - divorce records seldom provide more than names and dates.

Death Certificates and Cemeteries

Death certificates and headstones in cemeteries have proven to be great sources of proper names as well as birth and death dates. For many people on this site, a copy of their death certificate is attached to their information. The info included on these death certificates varied over the years but generally included: age or date of birth - date of death - place of death - place of burial - marital status - names of parents - and, of course, cause of death. We Luptons have had much more than our share of heart problems!

The informants for death certificates were usually family members, but the facts they supplied may have been erroneous, as persons in a state of grief might not have their usual clarity of thought - and, of course, many simply did not know the facts.

Photos of headstones are provided for a couple of hundred of our Lupton cousins. A walk through a cemetery can often show previously unknown children who died young.

Obituaries

These are treasures - many on the site are scans of the original newspaper articles while others are just the text of the obituaries. Obituaries can provide names, dates and places but they sometimes also provide short histories of the lives of the deceased.

The Book: The Luptons of North Carolina

Compiled by Shirley Edwards and Gladys Sadler and published in 1983, this book was invaluable in putting this website together. Information in it served as a framework for the family history. That information is now over a generation old, so hundreds of Lupton descendants have passed while hundreds more have been born, married and had their own children.

Unfortunately, the book very seldom mentions sources of the facts it contains. Almost certainly many are from personal interviews with family members while others are from many of the same sources used for this website.

Although out-of-print it (unlike most other sources) is not reproduced on this website due to copyright concerns. However, it is available via inter-library loans at public libraries in North Carolina.

World War I and II Draft Registrations

Many of the draft registrations that were completed for these two wars have been made public. They provided full names, dates of birth, physical descriptions as well as addresses. They are provided for hundreds of the Lupton men who registered as well as the many who fought in these wars.

The website: Ancestry.com

The website, Ancestry.com is a source of all sorts of information. It is a repository of many historical documents from world-wide sources. For this website, it was the source for census records and draft registrations as well as many birth, marriage and death records.

Ancestry.com has also been used as a source of hints and ideas - hundreds of thousands of people have posted their family trees on the website, unfortunately most of these trees are undocumented and usually just copies of someone else's work. When most people see something on Ancestry.com they assume it is accurate, which is far too often a wrong assumption - but they copy the information anyway. After a while, hundreds of people have copied the same incorrect info and it starts to be treated as absolute fact.

A few genealogical trees on Ancestry have been referenced as sources on this website. They are trees that were well documented or that were created by close relatives of the people being researched at the time. But as previously stated ... Ancestry.com has been used mostly as a source of hints of where to go looking for more info.

The US census

One of the most important types of documentation to be found on this site are copies of the US census. The census has been performed every 10 years since the first one in 1790. Copies of the census reports for 1790-1940 are available to the public and hundreds of pages of it are included on this site. Unfortunately, the 1890 census was lost to fire and water damage many years ago.

Each census varies in the information it contains and, as you can imagine, the census of some years are much more useful than others. Also some individual census takers made it much more difficult by just using initials instead of full names while others had almost illegible penmanship!

The 1790 census gave the name of the head of the household, the number of white males of certain age groups, number of white females, number of free others and number of slaves. Not a whole lot of help but at least it shows that Christopher Lupton was living in Carteret county in 1790!

Census taking areas were divided up by several levels - On this site, the levels are generally defined by state, county and township (or town). These levels were redefined over the years resulting in a person being able to spend their life in the same house yet be reported in the various census reports as living in different areas.

Also county lines changed at times. Pamlico county was created out of Craven county in 1872 and later a section of Beaufort county was added. This resulted in many of our ancestors being born in Craven or Beaufort counties but spending most of their lives in Pamlico ... all without ever moving.

Below are maps of Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Hyde and Pamlico counties showing the current divisions.