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Collection Number: 04506

Collection Title: Alvaretta Kenan Register Papers, 1700-1985

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Size 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4000 items)
Abstract Correspondence, research materials, photographs, and other items documenting the work of Alvaretta Kenan Register, social worker and professional genealogist of Norfolk, Va., focusing on her work on "The Kenan Family" (1967). Most items are copies or compilations of family records, family correspondence, or family photographs.
Creator Register, Alvaretta Kenan, 1907-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Alvaretta Kenan Register papers #4506, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from J. Shields Kenan of Statesboro, Georgia, in January 1988 and Julie Sikes in December 1997.
Received from Julie Sikes on 15 December 1997.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Born in Statesboro, Ga., on 4 September 1907, Alvaretta Kenan Register received her baccalaureate degree from George State College for Women and her master's degree in social work from Tulane University. Upon graduation, she was employed by the Georgia State Welfare Department, where she organized USO Travelers Aid at Fort Benning, Ga. She was subsequently transferred to Norfolk, Va., to organize USO Travelers Aid for naval personnel and their families. Quickly rising to executive-level positions, she joined the staff of the Norfolk Social Services Bureau and was commissioned to reorganize that agency. She served as superintendent of the Social Service Bureau of the Department of Public Welfare in Norfolk for twenty-four years, retiring 1 March 1973.

In anticipation of her retirement, Register completed courses of study at the American Institute of Genealogy Research and the North Carolina Archives, qualifying her for certification in genealogy.

Register's published works include The Kenan Family (1967), One Branch of the Parrish Family of Bulloch County, Ga., and Bulloch County, Georgia, Genealogical Source Material (1985). She served as contributing editor of the Georgia Genealogical Magazine.

In recognition of her professional work and community service, Register received many regional, state, and local awards. She was a life member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, state president of the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and a member of the Daughters of American Colonists, Magna Charta Dames, and Americans of Royal Descent. She was active in Quota International and the Virginia League of Local Public Welfare Executives.

Alvaretta Kenan Register died 22 April 1985.

(Source: Prefatory remarks to Everett/Everitt Family (1987), a genealogical study by Alvaretta Kenan Register, published posthumously by the estate of Alvaretta Kenan Register.)

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This collection contains both professional and personal papers of Alvaretta Kenan Register. The bulk of the collection centers around Register's work as a genealogist, particularly her work on The Kenan Family, a genealogical study of her own family.

In addition to genealogical materials, there are a number of items relating to Register's social work career and her personal life.

Papers of Alvaretta Kenan Register including awards and certificates, scrapbooks, genealogical work and personal papers.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Genealogical Materials.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Research Materials, 1770-1970.

About 1500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by file title.

Documentation of the compilation of materials used for genealogical research leading to the publication of The Kenan Family. Included are records from archives in Raleigh, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Washington, D.C. Also included are materials from the Daughters of the American Revolution, court records, and letters Register received in response to requests for specific genealogical data.

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Folder 1

Graham Kenan #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 1

Folder 2

Kenan, Annie Eunice #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 2

Folder 3

Kenan, Augustus Homes #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 3

Folder 4

Kenan, Daniel Lafayette #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 4

Folder 5

Kenan, Daniel LeRoy #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 5

Folder 6

Kenan, Daniel Love #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 6

Folder 7

Kenan, Elizabeth Fayette #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 7

Folder 8

Kenan, Felix #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 8

Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

Kenan, (Colonel) James #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 9-10

Folder 11

Kenan, James #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 11

Folder 12

Kenan, James Shields #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 12

Folder 13

Kenan, Jennie Dupree #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 13

Folder 14

Kenan, Jessie Gregory #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 14

Folder 15

Kenan, John Addison Nathans #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 15

Folder 16

Kenan, Mary Lois #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 16

Folder 17

Kenan, Mattie Jane #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 17

Folder 18

Kenan, Michael Johnston #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 18

Folder 19

Kenan, Owen #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 19

Folder 20

Kenan, Robert G. #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 20

Folder 21

Kenan, Spalding #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 21

Folder 22

Kenan, Temperance #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 22

Folder 23

Kenan, Thomas and Elizabeth Johnston Kenan #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 23

Folder 24

Kenan, Thomas and Elizabeth Rand Kenan #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 24

Folder 25

Kenan, Thomas James #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 25

Folder 26

Kenan, Thomas Stephen I #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 26

Folder 27

Kenan, William #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 27

Folder 28

Kenan, William Rand #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 28

Folder 29

"Incidents by the Way" #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 29

Folder 30

Kennan, Thomas Lathrop #04506, Subseries: "1.1.1. Individual Kenan Ancestors." Folder 30

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975.

About 700 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by file title.

General background information and publication data related to The Kenan Family, a genealogical study by Alvaretta Kenan Register, published by James Shields Kenan II in 1967. Folder titles are chiefly those assigned by Register.

Folder 40

Additions not recorded #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 40

Folder 41

Book reviews #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 41

Folder 42

Census, 1880 #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 42

Folder 43

Church records #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 43

Folder 44

Corrections on Johnstone #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 44

Folder 45

Corrections submitted and made #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 45

Folder 46

Correspondence #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 46

Folder 47

Deeds/county records #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 47

Folder 48

Financial statement #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 48

Folder 49

Gifts, Kenan Family #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 49

Folder 50

Letters of commendation #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 50

Folder 51

Marriage and death records #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 51

Folder 52-53

Folder 52

Folder 53

Miscellaneous notes and records #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 52-53

Folder 54

New data/corrections/guide sheet #04506, Subseries: "1.2. The Kenan Family, 1850-1975." Folder 54

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About 1250 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by file title.

Materials of a more personal nature, including correspondence with family members and items related to Register's professional career and domestic life.

Folder 55

Academic and miscellaneous clubs #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 55

Folder 56

American Association of Social Workers #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 56

Folder 57

Certificates and awards #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 57

Folder 58-60

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Correspondence General, 1960-1984 and undated #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 58-60

Folder 61-62

Folder 61

Folder 62

Correspondence Immediate Family, 1966-1972 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 61-62

Folder 63

Correspondence Kenan, Anna Potter, 1971-1973 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 63

Folder 64

Correspondence Kenan, James Wilder, 1967-1969 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 64

Folder 65

Correspondence Kenan, Patrick, 1963-1967 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 65

Folder 66

Correspondence Kenan, Rebahah L., 1965-1969 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 66

Folder 67

Correspondence Kenan, Richard and Sinclair, 1965-1969 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 67

Folder 68-69

Folder 68

Folder 69

Correspondence Kenan, Robert G., 1958-1985 and undated #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 68-69

Folder 70

Correspondence Kenan, Sharon Ann (Flip) and Skeebo, 1971-1972 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 70

Folder 71

Correspondence Kenan, Thomas S., III, 1966-1981 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 71

Folder 72

Correspondence Service Award commendations #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 72

Folder 73

Correspondence Scott, Blanchard Killis, 1964-1968 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 73

Folder 74

Courtship and wedding #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 74

Folder 75

Job transfers/applications #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 75

Folder 76

Kenan professorship #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 76

Folder 77-78

Folder 77

Folder 78

Kenansville/Duplin County #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 77-78

Folder 79

Liberty Hall restoration #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 79

Folder 80

National Travelers Aid Association, 1943-1949 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 80

Folder 81

Quota Club, 1952-1960 #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 81

Folder 82

Work experience #04506, Series: "2. Personal Papers, 1940-1985. " Folder 82

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About 550 items.

Newspaper clippings on a variety of topics, including Register, Liberty Hall in Kenansville, North Carolina, and activities of other Kenan family members.

Folder 83

Register, Alvaretta Kenan #04506, Series: "3. Clippings, 1950-1985." Folder 83

Folder 84-85

Folder 84

Folder 85

Liberty Hall #04506, Series: "3. Clippings, 1950-1985." Folder 84-85

Folder 86-90

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Folder 90

Kenan family activities #04506, Series: "3. Clippings, 1950-1985." Folder 86-90

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Pictures have been divided into two groups: (1) P-4506/1-29, general photographs, chiefly of Register and other family members; and (2) P-4506/30-57, originals of plates included in The Kenan Family.

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Register, Alvaretta Kenan, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/1-6

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As a child, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/7

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27 August 1941 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/8

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May 1963 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/9

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4 September 1982 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/10

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With Elisa Kenan, 4 September 1982 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/11

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With Elise Richardson Kenan (Mrs. James Shields Kenan), 4 September 1982 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/12

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With Jennifer Kenan, 4 September 1982 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/13

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With Jennifer, Elisa and Mrs. (Lanier) Kenan, 4 September 1982 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/14

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With James Shields Kenan II, 4 September 1982 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/15

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Brannen, Alvaretta Rebecca Gertrude, (Mrs. William C. Hedleston), undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/16-17

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Engraving, bust of unknown man, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/18

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Kenan, Daniel Lafayette, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/19

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Kenan, James (d. 1810), gravestone Sampson-Duplin County, N.C., undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/20-22

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Kenan, James Shields, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/23-25

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Kenan, John Addison, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/26

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Kenan, Michael, (d. 1799), gravestone, undated #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/27

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Liberty Hall, May 1963 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/28

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Thompson, Ivan C., III, February 1960 #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/29

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Kenan coat of arms (iii) [Numbers in parentheses are page numbers in The Kenan Family] #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/30

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Grove Church, 1963 (7) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/31

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Kenansville sign (7 and 11) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/32-33

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James Kenan High School (13) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/34

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Kenan Place (15) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/35

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Old Philadelphia Presbyterian Church (20) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/36

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Kenan, Owen Rand (22) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/37

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Kenan, Daniel Lafayette and Mariba Ann Gregory (28) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/38

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Kenan, Daniel Lafayette (29) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/39

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43rd Regiment (31) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/40

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Kenan, James Graham (32) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/41

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Kenan, William Kinbro (36) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/42

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Kenan, Rebehah McGehoe (36) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/43

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Gibson, Julia Kenan (37) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/44

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Kenan, James Gregory (40) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/45

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Loving, Mrs. Oliver (Mary Lois Kenan) (41) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/46

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Ramsey, Mrs. George (43) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/47

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Kenan, James Shields, Sr. (45) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/48

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Kenan, Owen Hill (46) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/49

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Flagler, Mary Lily Kenan, 1901 (48) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/50

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Flagler, Henry Morrison (49) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/51

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Kenan, William Rand, Jr. (53) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/52

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Fleming, Emily Gibson (57) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/53

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Harville, Julia Gibson (58) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/54

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Womach, Carolina Booth (59) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/55

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Kenan, Nil (61) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/56

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Register, Alvaretta Kenan, 1961 (66) #04506, Series: "5. Pictures." P-4506/57

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Processing Information

Processed by: Robert J. Foster, February 1988

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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