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December, 2013:

Fire! revisited

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Last month, I posted a tip of the week about fires in county courthouses and the records they destroyed. Although a little over 1/3 of North Carolina counties have had to deal with court house fires at one time or another and another 1/3 of the counties have missing records for unknown reasons, there still may be ways to work around it. (more…)

NC County of the Week: Lenoir

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December 1st, we began an initiative to highlight information about a different county in North Carolina each week through our social media sites. This week, we will be sharing information about Lenoir County!

To follow along, on our participating Facebook and Twitter accounts, simply look for the hash tag #nccotw. You will also find pins related to that county on the Government & Heritage Library’s Pinterest account!


Lenoir County, NC

Lenoir County, NC

Genealogy ABCs – Abstracts, Bible Records, Cemeteries (and Averasboro!)

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Find out about new additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library. Abstracts, bible records, and cemetery records can make or break genealogical research.   An added item in this post is a new book about the genealogy of the founders of Averasboro, NC. 

Scan0066Abstracts of Pasquotank County North Carolina Guardian Bond Books, 1798-1831 and 1832-1867, compiled by Jean Wood Paschal. Information about guardian bonds can help recreate the basic structure of an ancestor’s family, particularly since prior to the 1850 census records there were few legal documents that listed the names of all children within a family unit. Presented here in two volumes is a comprehensive index for Pasquotank County Guardian Bond Books 1798-1867, with abstracted information with the name of the father, ward or wards, guardian, bond number, bond amount and the names of the bondsmen.




Scan0064Avera and Allied Founding Families of Averasboro, North Carolina, 4th Ed., by Claude Medlin. The author tells the family history of Alexander Avera I, born circa 1680.  It is a modified register report of descendants of Alexander Avera I for the first 12 generations believed to have connections to the Avera family that settled in Averasboro, North Carolina. Information about the founder of Averasboro, Alexander Avera III is also included.







Bible Records of Caroline County Virginia Families, by Herbert Collins. This book presents information in Bibles from families of Caroline County, Virginia. Records in many of the Bibles described go back to the 18th century. Slaves were often recorded with white families, extremely important since pre-Civil War census did not record slaves by name. Bible records are often  one of the few remaining sources of information on ancestors’ vital statistics and family relationships.

 Scan0063Edgecombe County, North Carolina Greenwood Cemetery, Vol. 3, compiled by the Edgecombe County Genealogical Society. This is the third of several planned volumes to record cemeteries in Edgecombe County, North Carolina and focuses on Greenwood Cemetery, which is located on Howard Avenue in Tarboro, North Carolina. The work includes maps of each section, listing of all people buried, plot numbers, names and dates on tombstones. Information is complete through August 2012. 






Genealogy materials are available on-site at the Government and Heritage Library  To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

Library Closings: Christmas and New Year’s Day 2013

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We will be closed December 24-26, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Government & Heritage Library .


North Carolina Christmas tree, Government and Heritage Library, 2013.

Christmas tree with North Carolina related decorations. Government and Heritage Library, 2013.



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