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How to find the parents of Orphans, Part 2

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In Part 1, I gave some basic information on how to find the parents of orphans and used fictitious examples. Today, I want to illustrate with original apprentice bonds that are all filed in the State Archives of North Carolina. I’ve previously talked a lot about these records, but not in a lot of detail.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at books in our collection on apprentices and going to the archives for the original record. I’ve found some interesting things. One thing is very important to remember: what you find in one county may be very different than in another. This post will use Granville and Guilford Counties, which will help illustrate this difference.”

In the Government & Heritage Library genealogy collection for Guilford County, we have a published index of apprentice bonds that has been very helpful. Most of the pages are full of orphans, one after the other! For Granville County, we do not have such a book, but I remember from personal research that parents are often named in either the bond or the in the corresponding court record. The trick was finding one for comparison. (more…)

State Doc Pick of the Week : Choosing and Using Edible Flowers

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Cyndi Lauderdale and Lucy Bradley of the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State 233593University have prepared a document published by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, titled, Choosing and Using Edible Flowers: Enjoy the Flavor, Color, and Texture That Flowers Can Bring to Food.

This is a very interesting publication that talks about how to choose flowers that can add favorable taste, color, and fragrance to your dishes. The document is very thorough and talks very specifically about the different types of edible flowers as well as what flowers to avoid. Safety is of course a very big concern when it comes to eating plants and the document does a great job at emphasizing safety when choosing edible plants to add to your food.

Some other things you can find out about in this document: growing edible flowers, using edible flowers, harvesting flowers, preserving edible flowers, a thorough table list of edible flowers, and further readings to learn more about edible flowers and cooking with them.

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

Digital Collections: New Additions, Part II

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*Because of the large volume of new additions during fall 2015, this post will highlight new additions to the State Publications Collection only. Part I of this post highlights new additions to the Our State Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, and Family Records collections.*

Fall has been an active season for the State Library’s digitization projects! From September to November 2015, we have digitized and made available over 200 items, representing over ten state agencies and institutions!

The additions featured in this post cover items added to the State Publications collection and are organized by subject matter. You may scroll down to read about all of them or you can click the following links to jump quickly to a certain section!

New Additions – State Publications Collection

Annual Bulletin of Morbidity Statistics

We have added seventeen (17) volumes of the Annual Bulletin of Morbidity Statistics, ranging in years 1932 – 1948. The Morbidity Statistics were published by the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services and contain tabulations of reported cases of diseases for the whole state, by city, county, and month. Tabulations were also organized by a selected number of reportable and communicable diseases, including Whooping Cough, Measles, Smallpox, and Influenza. Other statistics include cases reported by race, sex, and age.

Natural Heritage Program Publications

Protecting North Carolina’s Heritage, an informational pamphlet created by Richard H. Sussman and published in 1978.

Several Natural Heritage Program publications are now available online. These were created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, and include regional and county inventories, brochures, protection plans and guides, and reports. These publications only represent a portion of the publications created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP).

To learn more about these publications, the Natural Heritage Program, and the other publications available, click here.

To view the NHP publications currently available in the North Carolina Digital Collections, click here.

North Carolina State Highway

Two (2) publications containing general information about the development and history of North Carolina public roads are now available online. The first is North Carolina Highway and Roads: General Information, published November 1952 and edited by James S. Burch and the North Carolina State Highway Commission. The second is North Carolina’s Achievement in Road Building, written by Frank Page and published May 22, 1924. Page was the Chairman of the State Highway Commission of North Carolina at the time of publication.

from page 14 of North Carolina’s Achievement in Road Building. Upper Left-The Famous Chinmey Rock. Upper Right-Ground-Hog Slide, part of Chimney Rock. Center-Scenic Waterfall in Mountains of North Carolina. Lower Left-Profile Rock, part of Chimney Rock. Lower Right-One of many beautiful spots along ‘Boone Trail’ In Northwestern North Carolina.”

North Carolina University and Community College Publications

We have now made available online publications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Durham Technical Community College:

More Historical Computer and Information Technology Publications

Additional publications related to computers and information technology are now available. The items were published by what is currently the North Carolina Information Technology Services or the Instructional Technology Division, Department of Public Instruction. They include:

Public Assistance / Public Welfare Statistics and Public Welfare Progress

Now available are the first fourteen (14) volumes of the Public Assistance Statistics, which was later named Public Welfare Statistics. This publication was compiled and published by what is currently the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and these fourteen volumes range from 1937 – 1950. They include annual tabulations of services, aid, and public programs, including demographic information about recipients of aid and details pertaining the distribution of financial assistance. We will digitize volumes 15 – 28, years 1951 – 1964 in the coming months.

Public assistance statistics

September 1940, Volume 4, No. 9 of Public Assistance Statistics

Public Welfare Progress was also published by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and was a monthly newsletter distributed by the North Carolina State Board of Charities and Public Welfare. Now available are volumes 1 – 14, years 1921 – 1933. These newsletters were issued “as a means of communication between the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare and Superintendents of Public Welfare, County Board of Public Welfare, Officials of Institutions, County Officers and Social Workers generally” (Vol. 1, Oct. 1, 1921). They included news items relevant to Public Welfare and primarily of local interest as well as human interest stories.

Have questions? Feel free to contact Andrea Green at[at]ncdcr[dot]gov

American Slavery Database: Slave Narratives

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WPAIn the midst of the the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration, known at the WPA. One of their many projects was interviewing former slaves, which led to the creation of the Slave Narratives. Slave narratives are very valuable to genealogy research. They contain information about the daily lives of those who were enslaved as well as learning who their slave holder was (in some cases, slaves had more than 1 owner, in that case, it was the last owner they had) as well as others that may have been enslaved by the same person. Only about 2,300 of the former slaves were interviewed by the WPA. Pictures were taken of those interviewed as well as sound recordings. Greenwood Press published the entire body of work in the 1970s under the title The American Slave: A Composite Biography and now the entire series, minus pictures and with some sound recordings, has been digitized and available online with a subscription.


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