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Breaking brick walls: child not named in father’s will

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We get a lot of genealogy questions sent to the Government & Heritage Library. Most of them are patrons asking for look ups in our books, which is very straight forward, but sometimes they are asking for help with a difficult problem, also known as a brick wall in genealogy lingo. I like to use those type of questions for blog posts in the hope they help other researchers with similar problems.

A fairly common problem is how to connect a father and child when the child is not named in his father’s will, or in some cases the father never left a will. The best suggestion I have is to look at the county court records


State Doc Pick of the Week : Education Acronyms

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We live in an age of acronyms and teudcation acronymshe world of education has a few of its own. The State Board of Education, a part of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, has put out a short publication defining what some of the common acronyms used in education mean. Many of these terms are probably very unfamiliar to the general public so this short publication should help with the confusion and facilitate better communication between educators and non-educators.

You can view, download, print, and save this document here.

Back to School! New Resources for Educators from NCpedia

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School bus, Pitt County, N.C., August 1965. From  the collections of Joyner Library, East Carolina University.  Presented on DPLA.

School bus, Pitt County, N.C., August 1965. From the collections of Joyner Library, East Carolina University. Presented on DPLA.

It’s that time of year once again!  As you’re planning lessons and activities, check out and bookmark these resources from NCpedia and the N.C. Government & Heritage Library.  Or, if you know a teacher, please share this post! And stay tuned here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we share news about new features, collections and resources!


Covering a comprehensive range of  North Carolina topics from biographies and history to geography, the environment, arts and culture, NCpedia now has more than 6,800 entries and more than 7,100 images. Many recent additions have been designed to help educators — including lesson plans, organized collections, and links to primary sources.

Check out these new features:

Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places — a “gateway” page with links to additional curated “Exploring North Carolina” collections that pull together articles and resources to facilitate browsing and research.  Collections include:

Educator Resources — NCpedia has added an educator support page.  Resources include:


– Kelly Agan, Digital Projects Librarian,, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

Digital Collections: Black Mountain College

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picture from 1939 of Lake Eden Inn and Cottages at Black Mountain College

1939 Lake Eden Inn and Cottages Brochure,” Black Mountain College Collection, State Archives of North Carolina (Western Regional Archives)

With the end of summer drawing to a close, and students headed back to college, it seems fitting to do a post about a digital collection related to college. In This case, a closer look at Black Mountain College and what you might find in the digital collection.

Black Mountain College was established in 1933 and continued until closure in 1956. If any of your ancestors or relatives attended, you may want to learn more about this collection! (more…)

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