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Evening Hours: Library & Archives Open until 8:00 pm on October 27, 2017

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Extended hours: Friday, October 27, 2017. Open until 8pm. State Archives of North Carolina and Government and Heritage Library, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh.

The Government & Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina will have evening research hours on Friday, October 27, 2017. Both repositories will stay open until 8:00 pm. Spend your Friday night with us doing North Carolina and family history research.  If you are in town for the the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference  please stop by! Everyone is welcomed!

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Family History Fair: Preserving Family Documents

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“Preserving Family Documents State Archives’ Collections Management Branch Head Jennifer Blomberg and Conservator Emily Rainwater will be available to answer questions and also provide resources for preserving, protecting and caring for family papers and photographs.

We will also have library and archives staff on hand to discuss how to care for digital materials as well.

Please stop by the Preserving Family Documents table during the Family History Fair, 9:00am to 1:30pm. More information on the event:


Family History Fair: Featured Presentations

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Family-History-2014-Postcard-WEBFRONTYou might not think to look at ferry records from 100 years ago for links to long lost relatives, but ferry lists are an underused resource you’ll learn about at the free Family History Fair presented by the State Archives and State Library of North Carolina Oct. 25 at the Department of Cultural Resources, 109 E. Jones Street in Raleigh.

The Family History Fair on Saturday, Oct. 25, opens at 9 a.m. and presentations begin at 10 a.m. The annual history fair celebrates links to our heritage and this year offers presentations on specific records that are important sources of information for family researchers and genealogists.

“Grants in North Carolina Before 1776” is the topic of Dr. A. B. Pruitt, who examines royal and proprietary land grants in North and South Carolina. For the past 25 years, Pruitt has produced books based on land records in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Stewart Dunaway presents “Road, Bridge and Ferry Records: A New Path in Genealogy Research.” Road, bridge and ferry records in State Archives provide an amazingly detailed resource for family research. For example, county ferry records will identify land owners that may not be identified any other way. These records list areas of river crossings and indicate old roads and train routes. Dunaway has completed four books on the Revolutionary War, and transcribes road and bridge records in the State Archives, recently completing 42,000 documents, which are published in more than 120 volumes.

Both presentations will take place in the building’s auditorium. For more information about this event please go here,

Family History Fair Vendors, Saturday, October 25, 2014

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