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State Doc Pick of the Week : Partner & Industry Relations Newsletter

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This quarterly newsletter from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Partner & Industry UntitledRelations Newsletter, is new and is focused on increasing visitation to all areas of the state by keeping people up to date with group travel happenings “including sports, international marketing, retirement and community development”.

This newsletter is formatted very similar to the other Department of Commerce newsletters Newslink and SportsNC Scoreboard, in that it lists events as well as includes articles, with this particular newsletter focusing on partner and industry relations. This newsletter is directed toward those who are interested in group travel to events around the State of North Carolina.

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

Newspaper Archive

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bundle of newspapers

The Government & Heritage Library provides access to many databases. I will regularly post information about different databases. Today, I want to talk about the database the Newspaper Archive. Our library has a subscription to this database and our visitors can use it, also NC state employees may access the database with their library card. Other libraries may provide access as well.

newspaper archiveHere are some facts about this database: Newspapers in the database go back as far as 1607. North Carolina newspapers span from 1799-2014. 14 towns from NC are in the database and a total of 39 newspapers from NC are in the database.The towns in the database are:

  • Aberdeen (Moore County)
  • Burlington (Alamance County)
  • Concord (county seat of Cabarrus County)
  • Gastonia (county seat of Gaston County)
  • High Point (Guilford County)
  • Jacksonville (county seat of Onslow County)
  • Kannapolis (partially in both Rowan and Cabarrus Counties)
  • Kinston (county seat of Lenoir County)
  • Lexinton (county seat of Davidson County)
  • Lumberton (county seat of Robeson County)
  • New Bern (county seat of Craven County)
  • Raleigh (state capitol and county seat of Wake County)
  • Rocky Mount (partially in both Nash and Edgecombe Counties)
  • Shelby (county seat of Cleveland County)
  • Statesville (county seat of Iredell County)
  • Tarboro (count seat of Edgecombe County)
  • Trenton (county seat of Jones County)
  • Winston-Salem (county seat of Forsyth County)

The database is searchable by name, date, location, and with a specific newspaper. You can also browse by location and by date. If you browse by state, you will need to click on the map of the US for which state you want to search. The next page is a search page where you can narrow down name and keyword. You also have a choice to narrow down by the town and then search by name and keyword.

Newspapers can be important to genealogy. Even advertisements, which can help you learn what your ancestor did. For example, I found through newspaper ads that an ancestor worked in the accounting office of his brother-in-law when his name was mentioned as an employee. The census just said he was a laborer, but the advertisement showed where he worked. I’ve been supplementing my genealogy research with newspapers for nearly 20 years now. This database has been a good one since it covers many states with 190 newspapers.

Come and check out this database at GHL!

State Doc Pick of the Week : NC Community Colleges – Performance Measures for Student Success

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The North Carolina Community College System puts out an annual report comparing performance nccccsmeasures for student success for every North Carolina community college.

The purpose of these reports is for the NC Community College System to be transparent and provide some accountability measurements. All 58 community colleges within North Carolina are represented in the reports and many areas of performance are measured. The eight areas measured are: Basic Skills Student Progress, Developmental Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses, First Year Progression, Licensure and Certification Passing Rate, GED Diploma Passing Rate, Developmental Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses, Curriculum Student Completion, and College Transfer Performance.

The NC Community College System has developed a baseline system for each measure and the system is used in the report to grade each Community College in each measure. These reports are mostly filled with just statistics but it is very interesting to see how the community colleges in your area, and in the state, are doing, and if you are interested in attending community college in North Carolina or know someone that is, you can see how well or how poorly that particular community college in the area is doing.

You can view, download, print, and save these reports here.

Migration Routes: Great Valley Road

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map of NC, SC, VA, showing migragtion routes


Knowing migration routes during the colonial era is important in North Carolina genealogical research. Previously, I talked about the King’s Highway, the Fall Line, the Upper Road, and today will be about the last of the 4 major colonial migration routes used by our North Carolina ancestors: The Great Valley Road (the green line in the map above). (more…)

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