(CD-version, 2009)


The PRINT VERSION is gone and will not be reprinted.
The CD VERSION is a mirror copy of the original.

The CD has been compiled in PDFTM format and includes:

Also included is:

Historic Homes of German Speaking People
An illustrated account of the homes of some of the German Speaking People

This is a migrational history of more than six hundred German Speaking immigrants (heads of household) who pioneered the settlement of the present day North Carolina counties of Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, and Rutherford.

NOTE: "German Speaking" does not mean from Germany alone. The World Book Encyclopedia defines eight provinces of Europe as speaking some dialect of the Germanic Language. The English Language iii defined as being one, but this book does not include them since it is not commonly recognized as being "German Speaking".

This book was a culmination of forty-six years of research by this author (a native of SE Missouri) who descends from many of these along with her late husband with whom she shared genealogy as a hobby. It also includes the generous contributions of many longtime associates in US and European research.

Documentary evidence of origin in Alsace, Switzerland, the Netherlands and other Germanic provinces of Europe, some as many as five generations prior to emigration, has been located on a surprising number of families. Sources are listed throughout the volume. Name changes as they migrated are also included. Emphasis is upon time of arrival, spouses, children, children's marriages, and where families moved. Other information, where available, includes ships the settlers arrived on and points of departure from Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania as they moved southward.

Many of these emigrés participated in the early settlement of Southeast Missouri after 1800. By 1810 they were moving into Northeast Arkansas, then westward. Many families are followed as many as four generations after arrival, tracing pioneer progeny as they pioneered settlements across the country. Many went into Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Illinois as well as all points south and west to continue the repetition of names on land records and tombstones. It is a one-of a-kind guide of 596 pages with approximately 25,000 names) to an important group of immigrants as they pioneered in the settlement of America. Further details about this and other publications by this author may be obtained by emailing

LINCOLN COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSN. Receives Lorena Eaker Genealogical Collection

The LCHA now has hard copies of ONE WISE MAN-A Genealogy of FREDERICK WISE by Lorena Eaker. We are also excited to be the home of Lorena's extensive genealogical collection. Currently, we have less than half of the collection in house, and we hope to have the remaining portion by the end of 2012. Brittany Dismuke, Belmont Abbey College student and LCHA intern, is now inventorying the collection, and we hope to have the finding aid available by the end of January 2012. Let us know if there are any families that you are currently researching, and we will make every effort to determine if there are files for these families in the material that we have from Eaker's Collection.

Volume I, (hard cover) is no longer available.
Volume II, available on CD only : $55.00 + $5.00 S&H

Please Make Checks or Money Orders payable to:

403 East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC, 28092

. Contact us at or (704) 748-9090 with any questions.

These represent a hobby of thirty-seven years of genealogical research by Odis C. and Lorena Shell Eaker. They were compiled by Mrs. Eaker who acknowledges, with grateful appreciation, the contributions made by descendants and fellow genealogists all across the United States and Canada.