Genealogists are dependent upon others for the access and retrieval of information. If it can be demonstrated that a body of records exists and that abstracts have not been meticulously prepared, the only alternative is to do so oneself. When the locality involves a major settlement and migration pattern, a book of abstracts will have wide appeal. If neighboring jurisdictions are also lacking records, the value of such a work is even more greatly enhanced.
The Albemarle was the area of North Carolina located in the northeastern corner of the state, abutting Virginia. Gwen B. Bjorkman abstracted the deeds of Pasquotank County, which came out of the Albemarle, for the years 1700 to 1751. Many of the early Virginia colonists began encroaching on this frontier by the mid-seventeenth century, well before the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina had been established. Virginia families from Norfolk, Nansemond, and Isle of Wight Counties were among them. The land records of Pasquotank figure prominently in tracing descents of Virginia’s colonial families and their issue in North Carolina. Indeed, the land records are often the only records proving their existence.
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