The fourth, and penultimate, day at Samford is always bittersweet. It’s the last full day, and is capped with the banquet.
In the Virginia class, Barbara Vines Little talked about land tax records and migration trails and settlement clusters. We also had a mini-course on land platting and Deed Mapper from Vic Dunn. The last lecture of the day was on “Finding the Answers in Virginia’s Neighbors Records,” driving home a point that has been made consistently this week: The record may be a place you don’t expect it to be. The bride and groom in Virginia may go to Maryland to get married, perhaps because the laws make it easier to accomplish there at that time, or perhaps because they are Catholic, and there are so few Catholic parishes in Virginia.
After the class I went to the Samford University Library, Special Collections room and pulled a folder from the Baptist records.