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ExploreNC: October is Family History Month!

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October is all about family history! Whether you’re just starting out with your North Carolina genealogy research, or you’re a seasoned pro, check out the guide to family history on ExploreNC, freshly updated by our Genealogy Reference Librarian Erin Bradford.

Family History page

Click image to visit ExploreNC Family History page

Click image to visit ExploreNC Family History page

You’ll find information on:

  • How to start your search
  • Oral Histories
  • Vital Records
  • NC Bibles & Obituaries
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
  • NC County & State Records
  • NC Map Collections
  • Periodicals & Newspapers
  • Military Records
  • Immigration & Migration
  • DNA & Genetics
  • Special Collections
  • Genealogical resources on North Carolina’s Scottish, Scots-Irish, German, and Swiss settlers
  • Native American Genealogy
  • African American Genealogy
  • Jewish Genealogy
  • Family History for Kids
  • . . . and more!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Posted on behalf of Rebecca Forbes

In recognition of national Hispanic Heritage month this September 15 – October 15, head over to ExploreNC’s to learn about the contributions and history of Hispanic people in North Carolina. Find resources on colonial history, genealogy, arts, lesson plans, and more!

Check it out here:

Screenshot of ExploreNC's Hispanic Heritage Month page



ExploreNC: August’s theme is Health,Medicine & Biotechnology

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At the Government and Heritage Library’s ExploreNC site, August is Health, Medicine & Biotechnology month! Learn about the state’s biotech industry, the history of country doctors, early medical schools and mental health institutions, tuberculosis, and current health resources

Check it out here:

ExploreNC: Health, Medicine & Biotechnology

ExploreNC’s August theme is “Health, Medicine & Biotechnology” Click the image to visit

ExploreNC: July is Military History Month

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This July, the Government and Heritage Library is highlighting North Carolina’s military history at ExploreNC, and we’ve updated the Military History page to include links to many new resources, including information about the state’s early military conflicts. 

Check it out here:

ExploreNC: Military History (July)

As one of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina’s military history is deep, rich, and complex—and some of the battles fought in the early days of the colonies and the United States took place on her soil. Small but intense conflicts occurred in the colony’s early history, as rival factions, both native and colonial, vied with each other for space and control of the land. North Carolina was one of the last states to join the Confederacy, and it is during this time that the phrase “Tar Heels” gained popularity. You might still hear some old timers quote Walter Clark about the Tar Heels: “First at Bethel.  Farthest to the Front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga. Last at Appomattox.” Eighty years later, as World War II raged, the first class of African Americans to serve in the US Marine Corps began their training at the segregated Montford Point Base adjacent to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Today, North Carolina’s land, sea, and airspace help to train many of the soldiers and sailors currently on active duty around the world. So, as we celebrate the anniversary of our country’s Declaration of Independence, take a few moments to learn a little more about the impact of North Carolina on our country’s military history.  read more . . .

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