JAMES VANN COMER, PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST SINCE JUNE 13, 1984.
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PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Smaller Project		(Under $500.00 total)		Minimum Payment- $200.00 per installment.
Medium Project		($500.00 - $1,000.00)		Minimum Payment- $250.00 per installment.
Larger Project		(Over $1,000.00 total)		Minimum Payment- $300.00 per installment.

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

General Research (leg work- locating and copying material at various centers housing original 
source material) Rate- $25.00 per hour per family line.

Consultation (persons drawing from my personal files and knowledge via office visits and / or 
telephone conversations) Rate- $30.00 per hour per surname.

Compilation (developing into typed paragraph format from original source materials) Rate- $30.00 
per hour per project.

	The research fee will be deducted from each payment until the amount is depleted, at which 
time, another minimum payment (see chart above) is required in order to continue the project.

	If travel is involved during the course of research, the general research rate of $25.00 per 
hour will be charged.  The time to and from the center(s) housing the information will be deducted 
from each payment.  Gasoline fees, Parking fees, Meals and Tips (as well as time expended during 
meal), Motel and Hotel expenses, etc. will also be deducted on longer trips.

	The average project requires 70% at the general rate ($25.00 per hour) and 30% in compilation 
time ($30.00 per hour).  The division in rates occurs along concentration bounds, which explains 
the difference.

	Copies of all material will be placed on file automatically, copied at the expense of the client 
at $.30 per file copy (8 "  x 11" ), $.35 per file copy (8 "  x 14" ) and $.40 per copy (11" x 17" ).

	The client should submit a brief summary of the family to be researched (including:  group sheets, 
pedigree charts, copies of documents, etc.) and as many clues (via oral tradition, family papers, etc.) 
as possible.  Keep in mind " the more material you include in the initial package the easier for me to 
begin"  and send the descriptions of only one family (and / or surname) at a time.

REMIT TO

	Please make all checks payable to:  James Vann Comer and forward all material to:  Comer Genealogical 
Services, P.O. Box 2681, Sanford, North Carolina 27331-2681.

	I welcome anyone to try my services and would appreciate any information to add to my rapidly growing 
Central North Carolina Collection (microfilmed by NC State Archives in 1995:  Miscellaneous Collections 
Local History Z.1.66.1-30) which consists of family letters, newspaper(s) clippings, Masonic lodge records, 
church information, courthouse fire material, family Bible information and other miscellaneous genealogical 
material (with full index compiled by Jerry L. Cross, Research Branch, NC State Archives in 1996 on Reel 31).
JAMES VANN COMER
P.O. Box 2681
Sanford, North Carolina 27331-2681
(919) 775-5763
Email- jvcomer@alltel.net
EDUCATION

May, 1985		Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
				Major:  Political Science.  Minor:  History.

June, 1981		Graduate, Lee County Senior High School, Sanford, North Carolina.
				Grade 9. West Lee County Junior High School, Sanford, North Carolina.
				Grades 1-8. Greenwood High School, Lemon Springs, North Carolina.

Nov., 1985		Genealogical Research II (Advanced Genealogy)
				Central Carolina Technical College (now CCCC), Sanford, North Carolina.
				Instructor:  Sandra McKee.

Sept., 1985	Genealogical Research I (Introduction to Genealogy)
				Central Carolina Technical College (now CCCC), Sanford, North Carolina.
				Instructor:  Sandra McKee.

TEACHING BACKGROUND

	CENTRAL CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (now CCCC), Sanford, NC:

		Genealogical Research I (Introduction to Genealogy)
		January, 1986				April, 1987					September, 1988
		March, 1986				January, 1988					September, 2000
		Genealogical Research II (Advanced Genealogy)		June, 1986
		History of Central North Carolina (Local History)	September, 1999

	SANDHILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Pinehurst, NC:

		Genealogical Research I (Introduction to Genealogy)
September, 1989		September, 1998
		An Overview / History of the Sandhills (Central North Carolina Local History)
		January, 1998

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

	Hobby:  Genealogy and Moore County / NC Research (1972-1983)
	Comer Genealogical Services:  Professional (June 13, 1984- Present)
	NC State Archives:  Approved Researcher (July 8, 1985- Present)
	NC Professional Genealogists' Network:  Member (April 30, 1996- Present)

POSITIONS OF LEADERSHIP

Genealogical, Historical and Patriotic Societies

	Mecklenburg (NC) Genealogical Society (now Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society)
	Active Member (1984).

	Moore County Genealogical Society, Inc.
	Active Member (1985- Present)
	Vice President (March 25, 1986- March 15, 1988)
	Executive Committee (Mar. 25, 1986- Mar. 15, 1988;  Mar. 17, 1990- Mar. 21, 1992)
	Compiled *** Moore County Bible Project (Volumes I, II & III) for Society.
	***NC Society of Historians- Malcolm Fowler Society Award (1996):  MCGS
	President (March 15, 1988- March 17, 1990)
	Chairman, Executive Committee (March 15, 1988- March 17, 1990)
	Newsletter Editor (March 15, 1988- March 17, 1990)
	Program Chairman (March 15, 1988- January 1, 1989)
	Mail Coordinator (March 15, 1988- August 30, 1990)
	Board of Directors (March 21, 1992- December 31, 1993)

	Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.
	Organizer (Monday, November 4, 1985)
	Active Member (1985- Present)
	Program Chairman (1986)
	Board of Directors (Jan. 1, 1986 - April 13, 1989 & Jan. 1, 1999 - Dec. 31, 2000)
	Nominating Committee (1986 & 1999)
	President (Jan. 1, 1987- Dec. 31, 1987 & Jan. 1, 1998- Dec. 31, 1998)
	Chairman, Board of Directors (Jan. 1, 1987 - Dec. 31, 1987 & Jan. 1, 1998 - Dec. 31, 1998)
	Corresponding Secretary (January 1, 1988- April 13, 1989)
	Microfilm Committee (1989)
	Library Committee (1986-1990 & 1997-Present)
	Nominating Committee (1992 & 1997)
	Co-Vice President / Program Chairman (2002)
	Paid Editor & Publisher of The Times Quarterly Journal (October 2002 - April 2004 issues)

	Chatham County Historical Association, Inc.
	Active Member (1988- Present)

	Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.
	Active Member (1989- Present)
	Board of Directors (April 24, 1989- December 31, 1993)
	Historical Consultant- Lee County Architectural Survey (1991-1992)

	Sons of the Revolution in the State of North Carolina, Inc.
	Membership papers submitted (November 5, 1988)
	Proof of Lineage submitted (August 3, 1989)
	Membership papers approved (February 24, 1990)
	Assistant Registrar (June 1, 1990- June 8, 1991)
	Registrar (June 8, 1991- December 31, 1993)

	Jonesboro Historical Society, Inc.
	Active Member (1990- Present)
	Consultant- Jonesboro High School (1881-1951) for Society.
	Consultant- Jonesboro Library / Museum, High School and Memorial Park Monuments.

	Harnett County Historical Society
	Active Member (1993- Present)

	North Carolina Society of Historians, Inc.
	Awarded 1991-2002 [21 awards in 10 categories]
	Active Member (1996- Present)
	*Historian of the Year Award (1995)

	North Carolina Professional Genealogists' Network
	Active Member (1996- Present)

MISCELLANEOUS

Religious, Community and Central NC Newspapers

	Cameron Baptist Church, Cameron, North Carolina (1963-1988)
	Church Historian (1984-1988)
	Church Clerk (October, 1986- October, 1987)
	Crain's Creek Cemetery Committee (1984- Life Member)

	First Baptist Church, Sanford, North Carolina (1988-2001)
	History Committee (1988- 2002)
	Co-Chairman, History Committee (1991-1994)
	Compiled *First Baptist Church of Sanford, NC (1893-1993) 100th for Church.
				NC Society of Historians- Religious History Book Award (1994)
	Single Adult Ministry Committee (1996- 1999)
	Deacon (Ordination: Sunday, October 19, 1997; 4 Year Term: 1997- 2001)

	Sandy Creek Baptist Association, Sanford, North Carolina
	History Committee (1994 - 2001)
	Chairman, History Committee (1997- 2001)
	Member, Executive Council (1997- 2001)

	Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, Harnett County, North Carolina (2002- Present)
	Communications Committee (2002- Present) & Youth Committee (2003- Present)

	Alderman Family Association
	Active Member (1980- Present)
	President (June 28, 1987- June 25, 1989)

	Lee County Constitution Bicentennial Committee, Sanford, North Carolina
	Committee Member (1988- 1989)

	" Downtown- Your Town"  Committee, Sanford, North Carolina
Committee Member (1988)  Submitted information on the Lee Furniture Company Building (corner of 
Steele and Carthage Streets) for a book for Lee County's 4th graders.

	Boy Scouts of America, Occoneechee Council, Three Rivers District
	Merit Badge Counselor:  Genealogy (November 15, 1990- Present)

	Depot Park Steering Committee, Sanford, North Carolina.
	Committee Member (February 1998- Present)

*The Sanford Herald Newspaper, Sanford, North Carolina.  Provided photographs for Vignette(s) 
from the Past column and contributed historical articles (July 21, 1988- June 2, 1998).
**NC Society of Historians- D.T. Smithwick Newspaper & Magazine Article Award (1997) newspaper 
article by James Vann Comer entitled: " Weekend Event Will Harken Back To Old-Time Camp Meeting 
(Jimmie Comber story), Bicentennial:  Buffalo Presbyterian Celebration Continues"  printed on 
the Feature Page on Wednesday, May 21, 1997.
*The Pilot Newspaper, Southern Pines, North Carolina.  Provided photographs for Moore History 
column and contributed historical articles (July 23, 1990- April 20,1998).
*The Harnett Leader Newspaper, Lillington, North Carolina.  Provided photographs for A Glimpse 
of the Past column (February 23, 1994- June 1, 1994) and Looking Back column (June 22, 1994- 
November 30, 1994).
	*NC Society of Historians- Historical Newspaper Article Award (1994)

	Hawkins Run Property Owners Association, Sanford, North Carolina.
	Board of Directors (3-Year Term: 2000-2002) & TH Committee of Seven (2000-2003)

PUBLICATIONS
Booklets (size 8 "  x 11" )

June 1985		Blow(e)- Jenkins Families of Hertford / Gates / Bertie Counties.  87 pages.

July 1985		Bright Family of Chatham County, NC.  30 pages.

Aug. 1985		Douglas- Cox Families of Lee / Moore / Harnett Counties.  45 pages.

Nov. 1985		Paul Family of Horry County, SC.  62 pages.

Dec. 1985		Thomas- Judd Families of Lee / Moore Counties.  58 pages.

Mar. 1986		Wall Family of Rockingham County, NC.  57 pages.

Mar. 1986	Comer Genealogical Services- Genealogical Research Handbooklet for Genealogical 
Research I class.  51 pages.

Mar. 1988	Bridges Family of Chatham County, NC.  79 pages.

May 1988	Leslie Family of Harnett / Wake / Moore Counties.  45 pages.

Dec. 1989	Williamson Family of Upper Moore County, NC.  50 pages.

Dec. 1989	Kennedy Family of Upper Moore County, NC.  83 pages.

June 1991	Descendants of Colonel Archibald McDugald, Sr. and Rebecca Buie of Cumberland / Harnett
 / Moore Counties.  121 pages.

Oct. 1991	Descendants of Solomon Arnold, Sr. and Mary Gurley of Bute/ Franklin / Warren / Moore
 / Harnett Counties.  150 pages.

Dec. 1991	Norman Family History (Abbreviated) of Yadkin County, NC.  57 pages.

July 1994	Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly and Their Descendants of Isle of Skye, Scotland / Moore
 / Lee Counties.  92 pages.

June 1996	Ancestors and Descendants of Sheriff Kenneth Henderson Worthy of Moore County, NC.  130 pages.
	*" The Worthy House"  brochure- A Brief History compiled by James V. Comer.
	* North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (2001)

Oct. 1996	Descendants of Harmon Brewer and Janie Grubbs of Cumberland / Moore Counties, North Carolina 
and Central North Carolina Brewers covering Chatham, Lee, Moore and Randolph Counties.  iii + 163 pages.

Books (size 8 "  x 11" )

May 1986	Gone and Almost Forgotten:  Crain's Creek Community.  iii + 115 pages.

Mar. 1987	Moore County Bible Project (Volume I) for MCGS.  iii + 58 pages.

June 1987	When Things Were Simple in the Town of Cameron, NC (Volume I / 1875-1910)
	iii + 121 pages.

Aug. 1987	Rogers:  Our Common Bond.  iv + 491 pages.

Oct. 1988	When Things Were Simple in the Town of Cameron, NC (Volume II / 1910-1988)  iv + 155 pages.

June 1989	*Jonesboro, Moore County, NC (Volume I / 1860- 1907)  v + 164 pages.
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- The History Book Award (1991)

Oct. 1989	Moore County Bible Project (Volume II) for MCGS.  iii + 60 pages.

Jan. 1990	Sons of the Revolution in the State of North Carolina, Inc. and Its Predecessor:  North 
Carolina Society of the Sons of the Revolution for Cyril Gray Cogswell.
ii + 176 pages.

Dec. 1990		*Jonesboro, Lee County, NC (Volume II / 1908- 1947)  iii + 121 pages.
				*North Carolina Society of Historians- The History Book Award (1991)

Nov. 1993		*First Baptist Church of Sanford, NC (1893-1993)  v + 90 pages.
				*North Carolina Society of Historians- Religious History Book Award (1994)

Sept. 1995		*Moore County Bible Project (Volume III) for MCGS.  iv + 71 pages.
*North Carolina Society of Historians- Willie Parker Peace History Book Award (1996)

June 1997	*The Bountiful Legacy Of A Mother:  Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Buffalo Community / 
Sanford, North Carolina (1797- 1997)  vii + 222 pages.
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- Ethel Twiford Religious History Book Award (1997)

Sept. 1999	*Old Moore County, N.C. Vital Statistics (1784- 1890)  iv + 255 pages.
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- Willie Parker Peace History Book Award (1999)

Aug. 2001		*Central North Carolina Vital Statistics (1784-1913)  iv + 229 pages.
				*North Carolina Society of Historians- Willie Parker Peace History Book Award (2001)
				*North Carolina Genealogical Society- Award For Excellence in Publishing (2001)

Periodicals (size 8 "  x 11" )

Mar. 1986		Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society Newsletter (Quarterly Newsletter)
				Primary Contributor of Material (March 1986- December 1988)
				Contributor of Material (January 1, 1998- Present)
				The Times (Paid Editor & Publisher- October 2002 - Present)
				*North Carolina Society of Historians- Joe M. McLaurin Award (2003 & 2004)

Mar. 1988		Moore County Genealogical Society Newsletter (Bi-Monthly Newsletter)
				Editor (March 15, 1988- March 17, 1990)

Mar. 1990		*Central North Carolina Journal (Quarterly Journal)  xxxv + 526 pages
				Editor and Publisher (January 1, 1990- December 1994)
				*North Carolina Society of Historians- The Journal Award (1992, 1993 & 1994)

Feb. 1998	*Alltel Directory (Annual) Contributor of old photographs for Our Hometown and Area 
Attractions historical pages (February 1998 & February 1999)
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (1998)
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (1999)
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (2000)
	* North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (2001)

Periodicals (size 7 "  x 10 " )

Feb. 1998	*Cape Fear Journal (Monthly / Bi-Monthly Journal) Averasboro Press, Erwin, NC
	Contributor of photographs for Central North Carolina Collection of James Vann Comer historical 
page (February 1998- March / April 1999)

*CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION
(Original files- Comer Genealogical Services, 410 Olde Towne Drive, Hawkins Run development, Sanford, 
NC and Microfilm copy- North Carolina State Archives, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC, Search Room, 
Microfilm Room, Miscellaneous Collections Local History Z.1.66.1-30)

1972-Present	Microfilmed by NC State Archives (1995) Reels 1-30
	Full Index compiled by Jerry L. Cross, Research Branch, NC State Archives (1996) Reel 31
	*North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Jehu Barringer, Jr. & Sr. Special Award (1998)

NATIONAL REGISTER

1995-1999	*Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Cemeteries (Original White & Black Cemeteries and 
Matthews Family Cemetery).
*North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (1998)
	Certificate of Entry in the National Register of Historic Places- February 5, 1999.

GENETIC RESEARCH

2000-Present	Family Genealogical / Medical Research with respect to the Alzheimer's Disease.
*North Carolina Society of Historians- Paul Green Multi-Media Award (2000)

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