My father's name was Edward Artis (Lawnside, NJ) and his father Roger is from Johnston County, NC., in a town called Smithfield. Last year I had the chance to visit Smithfield. I visited the Heritage center and found there are many Artis's to be found in this area. I found my grandparents on the 1900 census. Do you live near any of the National Archives? I live in Phila. PA and we have one here at 9th and Chestnut St. Do you know where your father's family is from? Please email me back. Thanks for reading!