Rita Wehunt-Black

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I am a retired educator, historian, and author of local history, including Gaston County, North Carolina: A Brief History (History Press, Charleston, SC, 2008), Images of America: Cherryville, North Carolina (Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2009); and the book of family genealogy called They Didn't Blow in on the Wind: Sketches of Wehunt Family History (out of print).
My German roots run deep here in the Catawba Valley (Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, Catawba, and Burke Counties, NC). I devoted many months every summer doing research in Pennsylvania for many, many years. Germany is one of my favorite places to visit and do research in (my last research trip to Germany was in 2014), but I have recently learned to embrace my Irish and English roots. My next trip to Switzerland and Germany is planned for November 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19 !!!).
I love traveling, photography, painting family portraits, and a good game of Chess. I fell in love with old cemeteries when I was 5 years old (my "snake boots" were always close at hand if I heard anyone say graveyard). I started doing genealogy when I was 12.
My main love is German research, but I can get interested in anyone's family history, even if there is no connection to my family.
I am presently deeply involved in DNA research here in the US, in Germany, and the Czech Republic. I am a member of DAR, Palatines to America (a German Research Group) Pennsylvania and New York Chapters, and the National Genealogical Society.
I earned a BA in Education with a concentration in History from Sacred Heart/Belmont Abbey College and a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Appalachian State University, and was certified by the State of North Carolina to teach Academically & Intellectually Gifted Children. I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992 to study Art & Religion in India for 9 weeks, and spent three summers in Russian doing comparative education and writing curriculum for textbook companies to use in schools here in the US (the last trip a grant through NC State University).

* My husband's family lines: Neal, Black, O'Neill, Alexander, Wright, Costner/Kastner, Dellinger. Direct Y-DNA line: "Niall of the Nine Hostages" of Ireland.

*My family lines: Wehunt, Frantz, Dellinger, Wood, Lohr, Seagle, Kistler, Shytle, Craft, Willis, Grigg, Reynolds, Randall, O'Neill, Shull, Norman, Leonhardt, Bess, Lohr, Arndt, Henkel, Hoover, Carpenter, Homesley, Mauney, Moore and Roberts.

*Please do not use photographs without written permission, or put animated flowers or tokens on any memorial that I have created or that I maintain. Thanks

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