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State Docs Pick of the Week : North Carolina jobs plan : recommended strategies for economic growth 2014-2024

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The North Carolina Economic Development Board has been working on a North Carolina Jobs Plan to aid North Carolina in nc jobs planrecovering its economy.

They have released a plan titled North Carolina Jobs Plan : Recommended Strategies for Economic Growth 2014-2024.

Within the NC Economic Development Board, they have created eight working teams and this report contains some of the findings and strategies that these teams are working on, the eight teams are: Targeted Clusters and Branding, Business Climate, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Talent and Retiree Attraction, Education and Workforce Development, Rural Prosperity, Community Development, and Delivery of Services and Metrics.

It is important for the public to see that North Carolina is on a course for economic comeback. These reports are a  great way to see the progress and the action that is being taken to contribute to the “Carolina Comeback”.

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

New Additions to NCpedia, North Carolina’s Online Encyclopedia!

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New Additions to NCpedia, North Carolina’s Online Encyclopedia!

Too hot to be outside in this June’s record heat in North Carolina?  Hang out inside and take a virtual tour of the state with NCpedia — and check out these new resources:

Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places, in

Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places, in

Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places

This addition provides a gateway  to browseable collections of selected NCpedia resources on a variety of topics related to North Carolina geography, including: North Carolina counties, Geography & Climate, North Carolina Historic Places, North Carolina Historic Maps, Settlement History, and the N.C. Gazetteer (a searchable index of more than 20,000 place names).

The Yeopim Indians — from NCpedia content partner the Research Branch at the NC Office of Archives and History.

United States Colored Troops: Fighting for Freedom – from NCpedia content partner, the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

North Carolina Civil War Flags – from NCpedia content partner, the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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North Carolina Flight First:  John Harris Hang Glides from Grandfather Mountain


Kelly Agan, Digital Librarian, N.C. Government & Heritage Library

New Hours at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library

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Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm 

Sunday Closed 


When was my ancestor born?

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Within the past few weeks, GHL has received many requests for assistance in finding the date of birth for an ancestor born in the 1700s or 18o00s, a time when birth certificates did not exist for North Carolina. I have posted before about birth certificates, missing birth certificates, and delayed birth certificates, but these do not help for researchers with ancestors born before 1913.

I’ve also talked about substitutes for missing birth records. Many of the substitutes are pretty straight forward – Bible records, death certificates which list age, obituaries, etc. On the other hand, county records located in the State Archives are not. In fact, some researchers may be confused how these county records such as deeds can help find a birth date. That is what I want to talk about today – how these different county records can help determine or at least narrow down a birth date for an ancestor. Records I will list can be found in the State Archives of North Carolina and the Government & Heritage Library has books that abstract and index many of these records to make it easier to find the originals in the Archives. Please note that for many record types below I give examples that are fictitious based on records I have seen over my many years of researching record in the State Archives.


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