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March, 2012:

State Doc Pick of the Week: Queen Anne’s Revenge

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Many people have heard the story of Blackbeard, the most ferocious and notorious pirate who sailed the Atlantic Ocean.  His ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge was abandoned when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet.  In 1996 the Queen Anne was discovered by a private company, Internal, Inc, and Queen Anne’s Revenge artifacts have been salvaged.  The Underwater Archaeology Branch of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, have since been exploring and salvaging the remains of the Queen Anne.

Today’s State Doc Pick of the Week is the Queen Anne’s Revenge: Laboratory Excavation Report.  Produced by the Office of State Archaeology, this publication provides information on the conservation of the discoveries.   Conservation reports are available from August 2002 through September 2010 and can be downloaded, printed, or saved by clicking here.



Cougars in North Carolina?

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Sadly, cougars no longer live in the wild in North Carolina.

They once did, however! What did they hunt? Did people often see them? Learn more about them in NCpedia at

WUNC’s The State of Things: 1940 Census Celebration

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In case you missed it  Government and Heritage Library staff were guests on WUNC Radio’s The State of the Things  on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  We discussed the upcoming digtial release of the 1940 Census and our Census Celebration on April, 2nd. You can listen to the the segment here,

Civil War 150: Union Troops from North Carolina

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In North Carolina, as in many other southern states, many families were split by brothers or fathers and sons divided between union and confederate troops.  I’ve previously posted about the series North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 which contains information about the Confederate side, but now I want to talk about the Union side of North Carolina.  The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 is a 33 volume series listing all union soldiers.  Volume 19 is specifically about troops raised in North Carolina. (more…)

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