This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources for genealogy, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Micah Taul Memoirs is photocopy of the original memoirs of Colonel Micah Taul (1782-1850). These memoirs were begun January 1, 1848 and completed in 1849. Micah Taul was the son of eighteenth century immigrants to Fayette County, Kentucky. Taul was a lawyer and an officer in the War of 1812. Also included are photocopies of the Gordon family genealogy, photocopies of 1920s letters, and letters between Cratis Williams and Susan Logan, a Taul descendant.

0.02 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

Mildred McDowell Jones, a resident of Caldwell County, North Carolina, and descendant of prominent families of the area, is best known for her leadership in the restoration of Fort Defiance, the home of General William Lenoir and his descendants. Special historical interests were the American Revolutionary and Civil War periods.

3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

This collection of letters to Miss Ellwood Anderson (later Mrs. C.F. Hawkins) is dated from 1925 to 1938, with some dates illegible or non-existent. Most letters are accompanied by their respective envelopes.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder containing 20 letters, some with accompanying envelopes)

The Mrs. Lyndall S. Harlow Collection of Papers consists of two letters from 1973 and the unattributed but genealogical rich "Pioneers of Macon County." Families discussed in the letters include Taylors and Van Matres of Mason County, West Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is an original manuscript from O.C. Helton about his family/ancestors, one in particular, his Uncle Babe Wallen (Evan, Jr.) of the Tennessee mountains in the early 20th century.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains the students' research, interviews, and pictures captured on CD, DVD, or miniDV and some on paper. The project was an assignment in the Anthropology 4210 class in 2008.

1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Patricia Duane Beaver Papers contain a wealth of information about the conferences she attended, research on Appalachia, some family and personal mementos of travels as well as books, journals and oral histories relating to Appalachian Studies.

60.0 linear feet (67 manuscript boxes, 11 CD boxes, 20 shoe box, 4 oversize flat boxes, 3 small manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript in Cold Storage, one oversize folder)