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New LibGuide : State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina

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The Clearinghouse team is revamping a number of research guides located on the North Carolina State Government Publications digital collection webpage. These new guides will be in a slightly different format and will include more up-to-date resources. Check out the recently published LibGuide featuring State Publications
about African Americans in North Carolina. Stay tuned for future updates!

LibGuides for Agricultural Statistics in North Carolina, Eugenics in North Carolina, and Military History in North Carolina are all in the works, with more planned.

You can access the State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina here.

State Doc Pick of the Week : Carolina Communicator

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UntitledThe Carolina Communicator is a publication published by the School of Media and Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill.

This publication gives periodical updates about the School of Media and Journalism and is targeted towards alumni, donors, and friends of the department. There are various articles dealing with events, statistics, fundraising, awards, and various other topics all relevant to the department. If you are interested in media and journalism, you might find some of the content interesting and relevant.

You can view, download, print, and save this state publication here.

Oral history series now included in NCpedia

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"Listening to History" in NCpedia. Click here to visit the collection.

“Listening to History” in NCpedia. Click here to visit the collection.

What impression did the Glen Coal Mine Disaster leave on a seven year old who witnessed it?  What role did a student leader at Shaw University play in the Civil Rights movement? What was life like on the home front in World War II for women taking on traditional male jobs? What is the role of place in a person’s life and memory?

These and many other themes are brought to life in captivating, personal stories found in David Cecelski’s “Listening to History” series, now included in NCpedia.

For ten years, historian David Cecelski’s monthly “Listening to History” series appeared in a Sunday edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. The oral history series included personal histories of important events as well as of daily life in North Carolina in different places and times. Photographs of the interviewees, many taken by the News & Observer’s Chris Seward, add an even deeper connection to the pieces. The series began as part of the “Listening for a Change” project supported through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program.

Through a collaboration between David Cecelski, the News & Observer, and the N.C. Government & Heritage Library, all of “Listening to History” pieces may now be found in NCpedia at

Take a look, and let us know what gems you find!

How to Find the Parents of Orphans, part 3

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In part 1, I gave some basic information on how to find the parents of orphans and used fictitious examples. In part 2, I talked about how to find parents of orphans in apprentice bonds and their coordinating court records.  Today, I want to talk about using guardian records to help find parents using real examples from the State Archives of North Carolina.

First, some background of guardian records. In the State Archives of North Carolina, guardian records are filed with estate records. I refer to them as “guardian records” because there are a lot of different types of guardian records: bonds, accounts, appointments of guardians, and a miscellaneous group of records related to guardianship. The availibility of records varies by county. For example, Buncombe County, which was created in 1791 and has had court house fires, has guardian bonds, appointment, and records; however, they don’t start until after 1800. Bertie County, created in 1722, also has an orphan docket for 1733 in addition to bonds, accounts, and records.


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