The State Library of North Carolina has the responsibility of collecting state publications from all state agencies in North Carolina. Some of those publications have found their way online in the State Publications digital collection. Some of the documents were born digital, meaning they were always online, but many in this collection were scanned by our Government & Heritage Library staff. Let’s take a look at some of the types of records you may find in this collection.
SportsNC is North Carolina’s effort to promote the state’s sporting facilities and events. SportsNC Scoreboard serves to promote awareness of sporting events and updates in North Carolina. This quarterly newsletter contains information on upcoming sporting events in North Carolina and provides news and updates regarding sporting facilities and the successes of past sporting events in North Carolina.
While this newsletter mostly serves to promote North Carolina sporting events and facilities, it is also very informative for people who may be interested in attending sporting events and could be a great resource to discover an event that you may not have otherwise known about.
You can view, download, print, and save these quarterly newsletters here.
The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs released the 2016 NC4Vets Resource Guide. It is published in conjunction with the NC Department of Health and Human Services as well as the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
In this resource guide you can find information curated for military veterans in North Carolina. Some of the resource topics include employment, healthcare, education, VA benefits, personal services, women’s services, active military, and more.
This resource guide is not only for veterans, but, it is also for active military and their families too. It’s purpose is to assist and educate people on state and federal veteran benefits. This guide covers a very broad range of resources available for veterans in North Carolina.
If you are interested further, you can find out more about NC4Vets at their website.
You can view, download, print, and save this resource guide here.
City directories are a great resource to add to genealogy sources. City directories have been used in the U.S. since the 1700s in some areas and in North Carolina since the late 1800s. One of the first directories in the state was for Wilmington in 1860. Rural areas are rarely included, but if they lived close enough to a large town to be considered a suburb, they may be included. However, what we consider rural now, may not have been then. Over 100 towns in 63 counties of North Carolina have city directories.
In my own research, a city directory allowed me to discover information about my great-great-grandfather that other sources, such as census, did not. This includes information about his exact residence, where he worked and found out his boss was his brother-in-law; I also learned what that business did through an advertisement I found within the book.
This is the start of a multi-part series. This post will focus on the basics of city directories. In January, I will show how city directories have helped me to trace a family through multiple years and what I can learn from the information found. Later in the spring, I’ll talk about other uses for city directories in genealogy research.