North Carolina Newspapers from the Government and Heritage Library
Did you know that through the Government and Heritage Library you can access hundreds of newspapers? If you find that Raleigh is too far away for you to visit us, fear not! Our microfilm can be requested through your local library’s interlibrary loan service, and we’ll send it anywhere in the United States. Just contact your local library, check to see if they have a microfilm reader, and ask them to request our microfilm on your behalf. Use our online library catalog (http://catalog.ncdcr.gov/) to locate newspapers of interest. At “All Fields” click on the drop down menu and here you will find options to search newspapers by either city or county.
Genealogical Services gets quite a few new books. Many are specific to one surname or for neighboring states, but every once in a while, I find a real treasure. This week, I found Guilford County Militia Records, 1806-1854 by Bradley R. Foley, who is also the editor of the Guilford Genealogist, the newsletter for Guilford County Genealogical Society.
The time period covered in this book is mostly a time of peace between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, but it does cover the War of 1812. This is a great resources for those who lived in Guilford County during this time period.
Postcard image of Gaston County Courthouse, Gastonia, NC, c. 1907-1920 from the NC Museum of History
North Carolina County Map — Gaston County hi-lighted in green
This week’s North Carolina County of the Week is Gaston County, North Carolina!
This week we’ll highlight the people, history, geography, and natural heritage of this county on the southwestern edge of the Piedmont region.
We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library and our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources and other heritage institutions throughout the state.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw. And don’t forget to visit us on Pinterest for our Gaston County board where we’ll showcase a range of historic images.
The North Carolina Manual is a well known publication that has been around for over 100 years. The last North Carolina Manual published in paper was the 2007-2008 issue. Beginning with the 2009-2010 issue, the North Carolina Manual has been a digital only publication. Because of a very small publication staff the 2011-2012 issue was in production for longer than usual but was recently released and is now available.
If you aren’t familiar with the North Carolina Manual, it contains a wealth of information and history on North Carolina and North Carolina government.
The 2011-2012 issue and three previous issues can can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.