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How to Find the Parents of Orphans, part 3

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In part 1, I gave some basic information on how to find the parents of orphans and used fictitious examples. In part 2, I talked about how to find parents of orphans in apprentice bonds and their coordinating court records.  Today, I want to talk about using guardian records to help find parents using real examples from the State Archives of North Carolina.

First, some background of guardian records. In the State Archives of North Carolina, guardian records are filed with estate records. I refer to them as “guardian records” because there are a lot of different types of guardian records: bonds, accounts, appointments of guardians, and a miscellaneous group of records related to guardianship. The availibility of records varies by county. For example, Buncombe County, which was created in 1791 and has had court house fires, has guardian bonds, appointment, and records; however, they don’t start until after 1800. Bertie County, created in 1722, also has an orphan docket for 1733 in addition to bonds, accounts, and records.

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State Doc Pick of the Week : 2015 North Carolina School Resource Officer Census

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The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools released a 2015 census of the state’s school resource officers. School resource Untitledofficers (SROs) “are law enforcement officers who are assigned to work within the school setting”.

This census was created in hopes to help people understand what the role of a school resource officer is across the state and to identify needs and an overall clearer picture of what may need to be done to help the advancement of SROs. They gathered information through anonymous surveys and present both demographic and school-related information in this census.

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

Library Closing: Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Library Closing: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Due to electrical maintenance scheduled for the State Archives and Library building on May 13-15, 2016, the Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina will be closed on Saturday, May 14, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our researchers.

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State Doc Pick of the Week : North Carolina Travel Guide

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The latest 2016 North Carolina Travel Guide was recently added to our digital collection and is Untitledavailable. This travel guide is an annual publication released by the NC Department of Commerce.

This travel guide encompasses all of North Carolina from the mountains to the coast and has information on parks, dining, projects, history & culture, beer & wine, outdoor activities, shopping, motorsports, trails, and much more. The guide also has lots of high resolution pictures of North Carolina and some of its travel destinations.

You can view, download, print, and save this travel guide here.

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