There is something to be said about a hometown library, with it’s shelves chocked full of local books. Today, I found myself standing in front of titles such as, The Kinnakeeter and The Hatterasman. Two titles that clearly let the readers know that they were written about life on Hatteras Island. Charles Williams II, who wrote The Kinnakeeter, lived across the road from my Grandparents house in Avon. The Hatterasman, was written by Ben Dixon MacNeill, whose family ties were not from the island, but lived here for a short time. I remember Charles Williams II. Several members of the older generation, remember MacNeill. Together, along with many other authors, these two writers help locals, natives, and visitors alike…find out what life was like on this sandbar, we call home.
Anne Poole, is someone I’m going to call an honorary islander. She is the co-founder of the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research Group, along with Roberta Estes. She hails from Durham, North Carolina. But spends a lot of time while here, doing Lost Colony and genealogical research. The LCRG, is also the organization that has brought the archaeological digs to the island for the past several years. Anyways, the Hatteras Library, is one of her favorite places to visit. And I have to agree with her…you will not find a more helpful and pleasant staff, anywhere. And boy, do they know their stuff !
Vanessa Trant, Helen Hudson, and Naomi Rhodes, led me on a grand tour. I was given a behind the counter (literally) look at resources that are available upon request. Books like Sacred to their memory, by Lois J. Meekins and Amy Midgett Gamiel, is a must read for those who are researching Dare County Cemeteries and those who are buried in them. Family genealogies are also included among it’s pages. And there are publications like Sea Chest, that were written by the students of Cape Hatteras School. But the icing on the cake was a copy John W. Rollinson’s, master wreck log. I could have spent the rest of the day, going over the copies of hand written records, that were within.
Here is a short list of some other books and publications you will find at the Dare County Hatteras Library:
Abstracts of Currituck Co, NC – Deed Books  1-3
The Formation of the North Carolina Counties
Marriages and Death Notices in Raleigh Register and NC State Gazette 1826-1845
Roster of Revolutionary War Grave Sites of Soldiers, Patriots, and Ancestors Buried in North Carolina.
North Carolina Wills – A Testator Index 1665-1900
A Guide to Research Material in the North Carolina State Archives
A Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives
North Carolina Charters and Constitutions 1578-1698
The NC Gazetteer and it’s updated version
On April 14th, 2011…I had the chance to tag along with Andy Powell and Anne Poole, on their visit to the Hatteras Library. Andy graciously donated a copy of his newly released book, Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, to them. For those who want to know more about his book…you’ll just have to visit the library and check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
For more information on the Dare County Hatteras Library, such as hours of operation and special events, please follow the link below.
Dawn F. Taylor