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About the Editor

Dr. Lloyd R Bailey Sr. has travelled the world, while his interest in family history has kept him firmly rooted on Bailey Branch, in rural Yancey County, North Carolina.

In 1956, Bailey earned an associate of arts degree in engineering from Mars Hill College, and in 1958, a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Duke University. Forgoing an offer to design missiles for the US Navy, Bailey chose to pursue a bachelor of divinity degree from Duke in 1961. He attended Hebrew University in Isreal from 1965-1966 and earned a doctorate degree from Hebrew Union College in 1967.

After teaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York, the Yancey County native moved to Durham in 1971 to become associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Duke University’s Divinity School. Having retired from Duke University in 1998, Bailey now divides his time between Mount Olive College and Methodist College. He has authored over 20 religious books and nearly 100 articles. He has also appeared on a number of programs on A&E, The History Channel, and The Discovery Channel.

His interest in geneology has led him to compile and investigate the history of the Toe River Valley and his own family history in Yancey and surrounding counties, and around the country.