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June 20, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
Happy Birthday WV
Who founded WV?
West Virginia's early history from 1609 until 1863 is largely shared with Virginia, of which it was a part until Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861. The delegates of the 40 western counties who opposed secession formed their own government, which was granted statehood in 1863.
How did WV become a state?
West Virginia became a state following the Wheeling Conventions of 1861, in which delegates from some Unionist counties of northwestern Virginia decided to break away from Virginia during the American Civil War, although they included many secessionist counties in the new state.
What is the state of WV known for?
West Virginia is often considered one of the more scenic states in the nation, and several of the most beloved sights in the Mountain State center around its natural beauty. But West Virginia is also known for its Civil War history, grand resorts and architectural feats, so set out and explore.
Why did WV split from VA during the civil war?
In 1861, as the United States itself became massively divided over regional issues, leading to the American Civil War (1861–1865), the western regions of Virginia split with the eastern portion politically, and the two were never reconciled as a single state again.
What is the origin of the name of WV?
Although the name "Kanawha" was considered, West Virginia was chosen to name the western counties of Virginia which refused to secede from the Union in 1863. "Virginia" is in honor of England's Queen Elizabeth I.
June 15, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
Traveling Tombstone
How many libraries have an original 1824 tombstone sitting in plain site?  The Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants Library does. 
It is an interesting story how the stone came to rest once again in West Virginia after being in Texas for many years.
John Hacker, the first settler of what is now Lewis County, WV, died in his settlement on Hacker’s Creek in 1824. He was buried in a little cemetery that had started a few years earlier on his farm.  His family erected a hand-carved stone to mark his burial.  Today this site is called Morrison Cemetery. 
In the mid 1900’s the stone disappeared from the cemetery.
In the 1980’s with the formation of a genealogy organization, the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants (HCPD), members wondered what had happened to the stone. 
During an annual meeting of the group, Joy Gregoire Gilchrist conducted a tour of historic sites, including the Morrison Cemetery.  She explained that John Hacker’s stone was missing.
John Sheldon Hacker told her that the stone was in Tyler, Texas.  He had the stone at his home there.  His uncle, Roy Hacker, had taken it and erected the stones that were currently there.  After his death, John found it lying face up on the garden path, and took it home to preserve it. 
Joy was excited.  She asked if she and her husband traveled to Texas could they bring the stone “home to WV.”
The trip occurred and the stone today is on display in the library.  A new marker at the grave was placed by donations and help from the family. 
Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc. is located in the old Horner Grade School.  The school was constructed in the early 1900’s.  It still has the original bell tower with school bell, sidewalk, ball field and Sesame Street art on the meeting room walls.  It now holds many, many family stories and treasures.  Our genealogy collections serve the Central West Virginia area.  We have many out of state people that visit to discover their roots.   Almost all that visit are amazed at the information we have available.
January 8, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
GPS makes finding Cemeteries easier
Computers and high-tech tools make our searches easier, than the old fashion way of hunting in a maze.  Of course to many it was gathering clues and solving a mystery, and to others a true challenge.  It is a whoo-pee! moment when a genealogist discovers an ancestor's grave.
GPS stands for Global Positioning System.  Most phones now have GPS programs.  Not all cemeteries are mapped for GPS and that is where volunteers are needed to come in to read and map the old cemeteries.  You can check WV culture site and FindAGrave to find cemeteries that already have GPS coordinates.  

December 29, 2016 By: Patty Lesondak
Our FaceBook site
Many people do not like Face Book and we respect that.  It is a way we can share history and pictures to many.  We are hopeful it is a tool that we can use to interest more people about their family roots and the local history.  Today I'm going to post pictures of Hacker's Creek and give a short history.  Many people don't realize the Hacker's Creek area was the beginnings of many settlers going to other parts of the state.  It is an area full of wonderful history, but also Lewis County has a wealth of interesting history.  Our page is https://www.facebook.com/hackerscreek/
December 22, 2016 By: Patty Lesondak
Where's my File?
Lots of beginning researchers believe there is a family file out there, just waiting to be found.  It will have all the family history data you need ready to digest and file.  Suggestion:  Don't walk up to a serious genealogist and ask" Where did you find your file?"  They probably will say "What are you talking about? This is at least 23 years of serious research! You have to do it yourself, you dweeb!"  Don't get me wrong, genealogist are willing to share and help, but you have to research and create your own file.  It is a never ending cycle, but a very rewarding hobby.
December 21, 2016 By: Patty Lesondak
Fuzzy Relationships
Can you relate to parents, grandparents and great grandparents?  After the great grandparents it becomes a fuzzy relationship.  That is what genealogy is all about.  It helps you learn and research about your deeper family roots.  In genealogyland through research and connections you can learn and relate to  great-great-great Aunt Sally.