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- Genealogical research files, 1944-1963, of teacher and professional genealogist Eva Eubank Wilkerson (1884-1965) of Richmond, Virginia, chiefly consist of research files on numerous Virginia families. These files are largely composed of Wilkerson's research notes, and often include letters from the client requesting the information. Much of the material in Wilkerson's notes is quoted directly from various primary sources such as wills, deeds, and marriage records, and occasionally from published reference works. As Wilkerson did not keep copies of her actual responses to clients, the information collected here is entirely in note form and consequently can be difficult to use. Other materials include research resources, such as an index to marriages and an index to deeds, both from unspecified localities; correspondence regarding research into unnamed families; and miscellaneous research notes on topics including Bladensfield Plantation in Richmond County, Virginia, and Goode's Bridge in Chesterfield County
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- Eva Lee Eubank was born on 11 October 1884 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the third of eleven children. She spent the early part of her career as a teacher, leading one-room schools in Mecklenburg County and King and Queen County, Virginia. She married John Wilkerson in 1909, and eventually had four daughters and two sons with him. During the Depression, Eva Wilkerson and her three younger children left the Center Cross farm where the family had been living and moved to Tappahannock. She there took on a project indexing Essex County court records for the Works Progress Administration. This work inspired her to compile INDEX TO MARRIAGES IN OLD RAPPAHANNOCK AND ESSEX COUNTIES, VIRGINIA, 1655-1900, which was published in 1953. After relocating to Richmond in 1948, she began a new career as a professional genealogist, continuing this work until 1963. Eva Eubank Wilkerson died in Richmond in July 1965.
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