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Weather Notice: Adverse Weather Policy in Place for Feb 26.

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Due to the recent snowstorm the  State Library is operating under the Adverse Weather Policy on Thursday, February 26, 2015. If you were planning to visit us today, please call first (919-807-7450)  to see if we are currently open. We will open to the public when adequate staffing is available. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.


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Mystery Solved: New Bern census of 1863

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In early January, I received a question from a patron via email regarding information in an NCpedia article about Union Volunteer Regiments in North Carolina during the Civil War. In the article, it states that an 1863 census of the freed black population of New Bern was 8,500. The patron wanted to know if the census listed them by name and also the location. In order to find out if they listed them by name, I needed to find out where the census was located. Since this question was related to 2 other research projects I’m working on, I took a lot more time than usual to find this information. It was a 3 week journey with a lot of twists and turns and surprising finds! My intent is to use this as an example of how to follow sources back to the original.


North Carolina County of the Week: Chowan County, NC

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Chowan County, North Carolina is the North Carolina County of the Week for February 22 – 28, 2015!

Chowan County

Chowan County, known as the “cradle of the colony,” is located in the Coastal Plain region of northeastern North Carolina. In 1681, it was named after the Chowanoac Indians who inhabited the region and after whom the Chowan River was also named. Home to Edenton, the first colonial capital of North Carolina, and site of the famous 1774 Edenton Tea Party, Chowan has a rich and varied history.

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Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos Workshop – March 21, 2015

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 “Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos Workshop”

March 21, 2015

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The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Archives present an all-day event for anyone interested in learning to identify and preserve their family photographs. The workshop, “Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos”, will feature Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, and will included sessions from the State Archives of North Carolina’s Audio Visual Materials Archivist, Kim Andersen, and the Head of the Collections Management Branch, Jennifer Blomberg. Learn more about Maureen Taylor at her website:

“Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos, featuring Maureen Taylor” will be held Saturday, 21 March 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Admission is $35 for NCGS members and $45 for non-members; an optional box lunch is available for $10. Participants are encouraged to register before March 11 to be assured workshop materials.

Paper registration forms available at the State Archives of North Carolina or you can register and pay online on the NCGS website: For more information about the workshop, please contact Laurel Sanders, NCGS, at 336-676-2124.

Maureen Taylor sessions:

  • Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs.” An interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in family pictures. Audience members will learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
  • Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs.” A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.
  • Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing.” Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.
  •  “Photo Organizing Practices.” Do you suffer from photo overload—historic images and photographs on your devices? Follow these basic tips to tackle that image pile. Bring your questions to this session.


Lunchtime sessions:

  • Photograph Collections in the Archives by Kim Andersen -Discover some of the gems “hidden” in the photograph collections. Learn what’s available and how to find historic photos of people and places that can provide clues to your family history.
  • Preservation Techniques” by Jennifer Blomberg – Do you know the best ways to store and care for your old family photographs?


Don’t miss this opportunity to join an engaging and interactive discussion on the care and identification of photographs! Visit to register for the March 21 workshop.

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