“Finding the History in Our Own Backyard: Key Sources for Researching Durham and Middlefield’s Past” will be discussed by Durham author and independent historian Diana Ross McCain.
McCain will base her presentation on research she conducted for her historical novel Thy Children’s Children, based on the true story of the first five generations of the Lyman family of Middlefield’s Lyman Orchards. She mined a wide variety of resources for information on the events, conditions, and personalities that shaped the two towns, the location for much of the novel’s action, which takes place between 1741 and 1871. She will share some of her findings in census, vital, land, church, military, tax, and probate records, in newspapers and memoirs, and even in graveyards, and explain how the same research process can be used to shed light on many aspects of a community’s past.
Copies of Thy Children’s Children will be available for sale and autographing following the program.
The Durham Public Library Local History Room will be open to the public following the program.
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