Hello Ken, I'm a newbie also and know very little about sailing. On some weekends I jump down from central MS to North Shore to work on a sailboat just bought.The boat is a 1978 Creekmore 34 and I've been able to find some history.
Hull serial numbers are sometimes on plate inside cabin, but not on my boat. I found this information on paperwork that came with boat. The engine also has a serial number that can possible be run by manufacturer with tidbits of information. Also found more info on internet from article in Sail Magazine with pictures where original owner with Lee Creekmore was custom laying hull.