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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

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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. 

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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 . . .

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.

New Additions: Native American History

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Find out about new additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

catawbaThe Catawba Indian Nation of the Carolinas, by Thomas Blumer. This book chronicles the Catawba following the invention of the camera in 1862, and covers the old and new reservations, the Indians, a potters’ Hall of Fame, the Western Catawba, some pottery shapes, and the Catawba government as it evolved into its present day structure. The work features vintage photographs and offers background about the Catawba Nation’s first contacts with Europeans.






bloodA Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776, by Nadia Dean. Derived from research in archival sources, the author powerfully conveys a breathtaking tale of treachery and heroism and a visceral sense of 18th century every day life among both Cherokees and colonists. With no thorough history until now, the history of the Cherokee War of 1776 is finally revealed.

Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

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