Update: There is an upcoming genealogy conference to be held on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the summer of 2018. I had the pleasure of attending the last conference in 2013, and had a wonderful time. If you have family ties to the shore, this is the conference for you. As more information about the conference becomes available, we will post it here on Nock Family Heritage.
Morgan State University will dedicate monuments to its two most successful, and legendary coaches, Earl Banks, and Edward Hurt. The statues were designed and crafted by George Nock. Before coming to prominence as a sculptor in later life, Nock was a well known American football player, first at Morgan State University, then as a professional player in the National Football League.
By clicking the above link, you can access a good source of information about the life experiences of indentured servants on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Virginia. William and Elizabeth Nock arrived in America as indentured servants, and experienced some of the brutality chronicled in this database after arriving on the Eastern Shore of Virginia(accomack county).
I recently had a DNA test done through Ancestry.com. I wanted to possibly find new relatives, and hopefully find out my exact ethnic heritage. A while back, I was told by some historians that because the Shore was so isolated, that there was not as much race mixing way back when, as there tended to be in other parts of the country. On average, African Americans tend to be between 20%-30% Caucasian, for example. When I saw my DNA results, I learned that I am 91% African, and 4% Irish. This pretty much confirmed what the historians had told me.
Beyond my racial breakdown, Ancestry also gives you a listing of genetic cousins who you may, or may not, know. For me, there was a list of 265 people who were between first and fourth cousins. I’ve been contacted by some of those people and in some cases, have figured out how we are related. What was also interesting is that once I got past my fourth cousins, I saw photos of genetic cousins who were Caucasians in my family tree, as well.
I feel strongly that DNA testing is very important, and helps us all in our efforts to locate as many family members as we can. Whether you go through Ancestry.com, or any of the other services, I think that its time and money, well spent.