Granville County Library Clerk Chotsey Winborne of the Berea Branch Library has been recognized by the N.C. Genealogical Society with the Award for Excellence in a Publication Relevant to North Carolina Genealogy. Her book, “Berea Notebook: Tracing the Early History of Berea, North Carolina through Property Deeds,” was singled out at the organization’s annual conference, held on Nov. 2 in Raleigh.
The N.C. Genealogical Society’s website lists all winners awarded at the conference, calling Winborne’s work “painstaking,” as well as “an interesting take on researching the history of an area.” The book details the early history of the Berea vicinity by tracing land ownership through property deeds. Many of the deeds are platted and the book includes colorful illustrations with clear links to ownership of the properties.
“Berea Notebook” is available at all four branches of the Granville County Library System in Oxford (Richard H. Thornton branch), Creedmoor (South Branch), Berea and Stovall. Learn more about the statewide awards at https://www.ncgenealogy.org/latest/2019-ncgs-awards/.
(Winborne is pictured on the far right, back row, along with winners from all over the state.)