Peter Kivett Family Association, Inc.

 An IRS-Recognized Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Educational Charity, EIN 46-0500366





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Public Service Opportunities We Offer...



I. Cemetery and Tombstone Projects

The Peter Kivett Family Association, Inc. (PKFA) welcomes volunteers to locate and cleanup abandoned colonial historical community cemeteries.  These cemetery projects provide activities to preserve, restore, photograph, document, and beautify them with landscaping or fencing.  The ultimate mission is to preserve and maintain these historic cemeteries as a teaching laboratory for the descendants of those buried within the cemetery regardless of family surname lineages as a public service.  The PKFA teachers will provide educational demonstrations of how to locate hidden graves, plot the rows of graves, record readable tombstones, perform tombstone rubbings, restore tombstones, and preserve tombstones for various family lineages as a public interest community service.  A Mobile Global Positioning System (GPS) is used to take readings and record geographical locations of these abandoned historical cemeteries.  Cemetery and tombstone readings and documentation will be entered into local county public access Websites including applicable associated land deeds.  These cemetery records will also be made available to other nonprofit historical and genealogical organizations as a public interest community service.  Weather always governs the scheduling for any work shop or teaching activities in these cemeteries. Please contact any PKFA Board of Director member to make arrangements to participate in a cemetery or tombstone project.


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Old McMasters Cemetery Project

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Stoner's Church Cemetery


Old Shady Grove Cemetery


Historical Marker at Fort Bragg


Persistence Pays Off


Professional Guidance Resource


II. Genealogical Training.


As a public service we also offer instructors, speakers,  lectures, and teachers for oral and audio visual presentations and training of family genealogical research skills at all levels. This includes training  in the use of genealogical software, computer and web based research techniques, GEDCOM imports and exports,  use of National Genealogical Society (NGS) standards, and how to build a proper bibliography based on your research sources. We would like to help you learn how to collect your family heritage and research collateral families. If you request, we will show you how to properly document them, preserve them and publish them from beginners' workshop levels to training for accomplished professionals.


Formal Genealogy Classes


"Learning from Teaching"


"Brick Walls and Black Holes"



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Genealogical Tools, Educational Public Service & Training




Recommended Genealogical Records Software


Family Tree Maker (FTM) has for many years been an inexpensive genealogy and family history program that allows you to easily collect, organize, and share your family history and genealogy information on your own home computer. However, at the end of December 2015, the most recent publisher of this software DISCONTINUED sales of this tool to the public.  Those who are using recent, or even old versions, can continue to make use of their current version.  It's just that those wishing to get started with, or upgrade to, a new version are left only to use the "on line" genealogy recording tools furnished by

But, help is on the way!  Because of a mass outcry from satisfied users of Family Tree Maker, was forced to explore options for some other software publisher to continue offering updated versions of Family Tree Maker for sale to private users who wish to keep their genealogy records PRIVATE on their own computers.

Click on the above Family Tree Maker graphic to see the latest news about this.

Also, feel free to contact the Peter Kivett Family Association Historian at

for other possible solutions.  Thank you for your patient understanding.



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III. Educational Meetings.




The PKFA sponsors educational training sessions, provides speakers for historical organization meetings, leads field trips, and conducts an annual business meeting the fourth weekend in October each year at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church fellowship hall near Liberty, NC. As a public interest service, all meetings are open to visitors, senior citizen groups, historical and genealogical societies, church groups and anyone interested in learning how to do their family genealogy regardless of the surname of interest. We also invite experts to address and instruct attendees on some aspect of genealogical and family research as a public interest service.  Major meetings are usually announced on this Peter Kivett Family Association website, by direct USPS mailings, or by E-mail. We always welcome non-members to attend our meetings.



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