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Note: Obituaries from Newspapers are copyrighted. The BIN is not allowed to copy the notice however it can used the information from it to create a notice, unique from other publications.
Friday, November 30
Well, Christmas comes early for most us that live within driving distance of the Guilford ROD office. For the rest, it will take an extra step and a stamp! Mr. Thigpen has indeed instituted a login/password authentication process to allow users to access vital record abstracts online. In my eyes and for the massive benefit this service provides, it is well worth the effort. Click on this link: http://rdlxweb.co.guilford.nc.us/vital/login.php?signup=1 and complete the online registration. You will receive an email from the ROD with further instructions on how to complete the process. You have two options. The first option: After completing the form, you can visit the ROD office and show a valid ID, which include a valid driver's license, state ID card, military ID card, English or English translated consular card, or valid passport. You should be granted access after you complete this step. The second option is for the folks who can’t drive to the ROD office. Photo copy your ID, complete the attached form contained within the email you receive (after you register), have it notarized, mail it in to the ROD office and wait for a reply. The instructions for either step are clearly explained in the first email you receive after you complete the initial registration form. Both steps may seem cumbersome and redundant, but I feel it’s reasonable because the benefits outweigh the pain of driving to his office or losing a stamp! Ha! On a personal note, I met Mr. Thigpen at my graduation from Guilford College in 2002. He was our keynote speaker and a former county commissioner. I knew he was well respected and was in good standing in the county. I know he took both sides of this issue to heart and came up with a workable and reasonable way of allowing online access to vital records. After reviewing the registration process, the BIN fully supports the Guilford County ROD and their procedure for access to vital records.
I applaud Mr. Thigpen for sticking to his word and implementing a system that is acceptable to everyone. It addresses the concerns lodged by the citizens of the county and allows law-abiding, innocent, and foremost, the serious genealogist access to otherwise PUBLIC records. I have been to the Guilford County Register of Deeds office many, many times and I’ve always been served without issue. Access to vital records has always been granted and I know it will always be in the future.
*Source: Bonnie Jones, Contributor to the BIN
Thursday, November 29
Sunday, November 25
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Saturday, September 29
The 2007 Medlin Family Reunion held in Thomasville, NC on 9-15-2007. The video is finished and can be seen on you tube. Best viewed in a smaller format. We suggest you contact Trent Briles or Dickie Medlin to get a copy of this video either on a CD or a DVD
Please click here to view the video on You Tube. Again make sure you click the button on the bottom right corner (the 1st button) for best viewing.
Saturday, September 15
Please click here to view the 2007 Medlin Reunion Pictures!
Saturday, September 1
Friday, August 31
Thursday, August 30
What is it about volunteering that brings out the best in people? Spending time helping others out and not getting paid a dime for it. The satisfaction and pleasure one receives is not measurable and has no price tag attached to it. There are many forms of volunteering and I came across one form of it a few years back. I thought it would make a good story to post here on the BIN because it’s all about helping folks and it’s all about our mission to promote genealogy research and the preservation of family history.
Find-A-Grave has been around for a while and though it started out as a web site for the famous people who had passed on it has quickly turned into a valuable research tool for all amateur genealogist. And NO, this is not a paid advertisement for their web site. In fact, they have no clue I’m doing this article about them! Find-A-Grave has million of cemetery records at your disposal, both famous and non-famous folks. People from around the world submit cemetery records, photographs of markers, family history and biographies to their large databases and access is very easy and it’s free.
But what about the volunteering part? What I enjoy most about Find-A-Grave is I volunteer my time and help fill the request for photographs of grave markers within my area here in North Carolina. If you have a family member buried in another state or country, you can simply request a volunteer to locate the gravesite and take photos to which they are uploaded to the Find-A-Grave databases for all to see. Since joining a year ago, I have fulfilled 21 requests for photographs within my area and have posted over 188 memorials. Most of the requests come to you via email and are usually within a 50-mile radius of your zip code.
Find-A-Grave has helped me out in my genealogical research on several occasions and I have given back by volunteering my time to help others who need photographs of grave markers for the family members who have passed on. Whether you are looking for a famous gravesite or looking for a cemetery, check out the Find-A-Grave web site today and volunteer your time by helping out all amateur genealogists today!!!
Wednesday, August 29
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Curator, Briles Information Network
The Internet is a wonderful place. It’s a great place to indulge into the world of the unknown and to expand your mind in a vast array of topics such as news, sports, weather, and yes love. The interaction with the net has grown from text-based sites to massive invasion of video magnets such as My Space and You Tube. The World Wide Web is at your feet with a click of a mouse.
The Web has also played an essential role in the research of family history. Rootsweb.com, Ancestry.com, and of course this site has offered visitors an avenue to investigate and learn more about their genealogical tides to the world. Another key ingredient to promoting genealogy research and the preservation of family history is the access to vital records. In most counties, the Register of Deeds is responsible for maintaining and securing the precious records for birth, death, marriage, and land deeds. In most cases, access to these records is easy and you don’t have to pay a dime to view or request certain records. The ROD’s usually charge a minimal fee for uncertified copies and an often-expensive fee for registered copies. The bigger counties even have computers in the office to view and print off scanned copies of the records such as the ones stated above.
Some counties have even upgraded the access for vital records by offering them on-line such as Guilford County Register of Deeds in Greensboro, NC…well up until the end of June that is! Guilford County had the best web site to access vital records that I’ve seen since the BIN began in 1996. The site allowed access to birth, death, and marriage index records that listed the name and date of birth or death, the father’s name, and the information for the book and page number for the recorded record. And of course, the access was free of charge and required no additional software. Guilford County’s vital records site gave instant access and saved thousands of hours of legwork and additional time spent in their office. So what happened? Why this long dreaded story about a silly web site? The Guilford County Register of Deeds, mainly Jeff Thigpen, caved in under pressure and removed the access to the records citing identity theft issues. HUH? What? Identity theft issues regarding the dead? The site offered by the county was in place before Thigpen came into office and this is in no way a bash on him, in fact, Thigpen even upgraded the software for a better view of the records. I don’t understand why the dead have an expectation of privacy especially when ANYONE can walk into ROD office and view the records and "document" the decedents date of birth and Social Security Number (you couldn’t access the SSN online).
I will concede one thing here before I continue with my vivid opposition to removing the access to the site. Birth records, which do contain valuable information, should be limited in access. My main profession is a police officer and I do understand the concern with identify theft and access to information for the living…that’s right, the living only! Protect it, lock it away, and throw away the key! Access to this information should be limited, both in person and on the web. However, these records are in fact public record and until our legislators change the laws and restrict access to them, then all records should be accessible in one form or another. This leads me back to the vital records for folks that have passed on to another world. Death records should always be public record and should be accessible to everyone! Dead people have no expectation of privacy and their identity no longer needs to be protected because dead people can’t be a victim to any theft. An unnamed employee of the Guilford County Register of Deeds recently told me that Jeff Thigpen received so many complaints about the access that he had no choice but to remove the site. But yet the access remains in place to view any record in person and without any employee checking to see who is viewing the records. Why? Because vital records are public record and access is not restricted in person. Ok, so I must now accept that I can’t sit in my lazy chair and access the information that I need for genealogy research. I accept the fact that I must get up and drive to the local office and view the records in person. This little set back will not hinder me in continuing my love for genealogy. Wait a second Toto the train isn’t leaving for Kansas just yet!
Which leads me to part two of my argument. I recently received a link to a web site from my cousin Bonnie Jones, a contributor to the Briles Information Network. She has also accessed the Guilford County Web site and agrees that restricting the access is wrong. But the real reason for this story is what is contained in the web site that Bonnie so graciously sent to me. In Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter dated July 16, 2007, there is current legislation throughout the country that will remove total access to all vital records. Not just on-line access, but public access in general. Meaning, you can get nothing! The article cites as justification to close access to vital records:
“They want to protect people’s privacy, prevent identity theft, and prevent terrorism,” she says. “But we find there’s no evidence that open public records contribute to identity theft or terrorism to any measurable degree."
Without losing it again like I did earlier, I will refrain from the main justification for restricting access to all vital records. I will say again however that birth records for the living should be restricted, but those for dead people should not. This is a hot topic that needs to be explored throughout the genealogy community. Vital records are public records. I encourage all to view this web site and to comment on the current movement to restrict public records. Without access to vital records, the linkage to our heritage is vastly compromised and our history will most certainly be erased.
Here is a link to the web site mentioned above. Again, many thanks to Bonnie Jones for the link:
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/07/genealogists-fi.html#more July 16, 2007 online version of the Newsletter
Guilford County Registered of Deeds, Jeff Thigpen, Register of Deeds
This article may be used with expressed written permission from the author, R. Trent Briles. All requests can be made via email at email@example.com. Otherwise All Rights Reserved. The Briles Information Network. Copyright: 2007
RESPONSE BY JEFF THIGPEN AND A COMMENT BY R. TRENT BRILES
PLEASE NOTE: Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County Register of Deeds, responded to this article and posted comments on the BLOG. He posted a private telephone for me to call him and I was unable to remove this number from his post. Mr. Thigpen's post was copied, then removed and is listed below along with my response.
I appreciate your post although you might not believe me. We are currently revising our access policies online and internally. Once revised, access to vitals will be restored under a registration and authentication system. Working with our vendor, that process should be completed within the next month. In addition, there will be revisions to our in office policies as well.
I respect and appreciate geneologists and hope to restore access to you soon. If you'd like to talk with me directly, please call me at 641-xxxx or my cell at xxx-xxxx.
Thank you for visiting the web site and for commenting on the article regarding privacy/access to vital records. I did speak with someone in your office prior to writing the article and felt the explanation given for the restricted access was acceptable. I didn't agree with it obviously, but I didn't want to bother you either.
I'm delighted you have taken this issue of access to heart and believe the steps you are taking to resolve it is a good thing for everyone. I believe that a registration/log-in procedure would satisfy the issue of privacy and be acceptable to anyone who accesses the site. As stated earlier, the Guilford County ROD Site has been a great asset to genealogist and visitors alike and your office has been wonderful every time I have visited there to conduct research and to access vital records.
I hope that others will follow your lead on this topic and allow continued access to public records, specifically vital records.
Sunday, July 29
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Saturday, July 14
The BIN is currently researching the lineage of George and Mary Briles Sawyer. George & Mary had two daughters, Leila (1881-1941) and Hattie (1979-1902). Leila married William Dougan Farlow and Hattie married Jasper Briles. George's date of birth should be around 1845-1855 and Mary about the same. Anyone with information regarding the above issue, please contact the BIN.
UPDATE (11-18-07): Susan Briles Knibes and Bonnie Jones have submitted valuable information regarding this issue. We still do not know who Mary Briles is in terms of direct lineage and who her parents are. If you have any information regarding this issue, please contact us.
UPDATE: 6-13-2008: THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN SOLVED. IT WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEB SITE SHORTLY
Monday, July 2
Married to Arris Clayton Farlow on July 2, 1939. Mr. Farlow passed in 2006. Survived by her daughter Patricia Farlow and her husband Howell Slaughter of Atlanta, Ga; and one son: James Hopkins and his wife Paula Pippin Farlow of Wilmington, NC. Six grandchildren: Justin and Amanda Slaughter; Jamie Farlow, Mayo, Redding, Jay, and Lydia Farlow; one great granddaughter, Lawton Mayo; and three sisters, Mardecia Maness and Nannie Cain of Asheboro, NC and Nellie Jones of Taylorsville, NC along with a number of nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends Saturday, July 6, 2007 1:00-2:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Marlboro Friends Meeting, Cemetery Fund, 2668 Marlboro Church Rd, Sophia, NC 27350. -Pugh
Friday, June 8
Born on November 19, 1937, a native of Trinity, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Wall Gallimore. In addition to her parents, her sister, Betty Lee Gallimore, and her brothers Burley Gallimore and Garland Gallimore preceded her in death.
Survived by Bobby Worth Ledwell, her husband of 46 years, of the home; her sisters Ruth Briles Tedder and Virginia Vestal, both of Asheboro; her brothers Harold Gallimore, of Denton, Ralph Gallimore, of Trinity, and Jimmy Gallimore, of Asheville; and her beloved dog, Patches. Family will receive friends at Ridge Funeral Home, 908 Albemarle Road, Asheboro, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2007, and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, PO Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204; or to Hunt Plank Road Mission., c/o Rev. Lee Roy Hunt, 7303 U.S. Highway 64 West, Asheboro, NC 27205.-Ridge
Wednesday, May 30
Born December 1, 1923, in Albemarle to Robert Eury and Minnie Lou Dennis Eury. On June 19, 1943, Mrs. Hill was married to George Hill who preceded her in death on May 16, 1989. Preceded in death by brothers and sisters: Dumas Eury, Chalmas Eury,Launie Eury, Stella Turner and Blanche Medlin. Survived by a daughter, Jeanette Wingfield of High Point, grandsons, Kenneth Eugene Bishop and wife Mirandy and their children, Aidan, Jacob, and twins, Nicolas and Alexander and Eddie Ray Bishop and his daughter Kristina. Also surviving are nine nieces and nine nephews.-Cumby
Sunday, May 27
passed May 26, 2007. Funeral service will be held at Jamestown United Methodist Church, 1pm Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Burial will follow in Springfield
Friends Church, High Point, N.C. Daughter of the late John and Emma Hayworth and was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, daughter, Patricia and foster daughter, Maxine Kepley, as well as her sister, Dovie Hayworth, and her brothers, Henry, Raymond, Orvie, Chester, and Myron Hayworth. Survived by her children, Judy Hart of Akron, Ohio, Dr. Ernest Macon Jr. of Kannapolis, and Reverend Fred Macon of Waynesville. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as her sister, Hallie Brower of Archdale.-
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Thursday, April 26
Saturday, April 7
Changed: from updating the databases from 48-72 hours after an event occurs.
Friday, April 6
Sunday, April 1
The death spreadsheet is being revised and will be ready shortly.
R. Trent Briles
Monday, March 26
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. March 28, at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Eldorado; Rev. Ed Carter and the Rev. Jack Luther officiating. Burial will follow in the Denton Town Cemetery. Born July 6, 1924, in Guilford County to Frank Smith Sr. and Irene Strader Smith. Preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Garland Smith. Survived by his wife, Wanona Futrell Smith of the home; a son, Frankie Smith III and his wife, Vickie, of Denton; a grandson, Jason Smith and his wife, LeAnn, of Denton. Survived by brothers, Archie Smith and Richard Smith and wife, Peggy, of Denton and Roger Smith and wife, Doris, of Asheboro; by sisters, Peggy Briles and husband, J.B., of Archdale and Deloris Briles and husband, Dwain, of Asheboro; brothers-in-law, Gilbert Futrell and wife, Nancy, and Dale Futrell and wife, Glenda, all of Denton.-Online condolences may be made at www.briggsfuneralhome.com.
Friday, March 9
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Wednesday, January 31
NAMES ADDED: John Harris Miller, A. Roella Briles Miller, Addie Miller Ward, Henry Beecher Ward, Numa Miller.
Rodney Trent Briles,