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NC Digital Collection Updates

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North Carolina Digital Collection Updates!

We have 2 updates to share about the North Carolina Digital Collections: the Family Records Collection has a new homepage and a new look and we have added some more State Fair Premium Lists to the State Fair Digital Collection!

Family Records Collection – New Look

The State Library of North Carolina recently redesigned their website. Along with this change, we collaborated with reference staff at the Government & Heritage Library as well as staff at the State Archives of North Carolina to incorporate the Family Records Collection’s previous design into the North Carolina Digital Collections.


The new homepage for the Family Records Collection


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,

GHL Family History Fair: Vendors in Depth – Preserving Family History

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2nd Saturdays! Government and Heritage Library Family History Fair - August 11th!


A Look at the Family History Fair’s Vendors – A/V Geeks and

 The Family History Fair on August 11, 2012 will host exhibitors that will demonstrate the importance of preserving your family’s story whether it is  your old home movies or getting your family stories on film. Learn more below.


A/V Geeks

A/V Geeks will talk about the  importance of home movies as family and cultural artifacts, how to keep them safe. They will demonstrate how to preserve films to digital formats.

Preserves family stories through professionally-recorded video memoirs. We record in-person interviews and digitize old photographs to create video tributes that celebrate families’ histories, values, and wisdom. You and your family receive High-Definition copies of your video on DVD and can access clips online, too. Please visit or email for more details.


GHL Family History Fair: Ask An Expert!

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2nd Saturdays! Government and Heritage Library Family History Fair - August 11th!


Ask an Expert @ the Family History Fair

August 11, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This service is on a first-come first-served basis.


Are you hitting a brick wall in your family history research or don’t event know where to begin? Need some assistance with documents from your German ancestors? Ask a genealogist or certified German translator for assistance!

Members of the North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be available for fifteen minute time slots for free consultations.

 The following members of the NC Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will generously donate their time and expertise:

Ann Nicholson Flint: North Carolina families and their origins

Carolyn Gibbons: North Carolina, especially Cumberland County

Jeffrey L. Haines, CG: South Atlantic states, British West Indies, Great Britain

Melanie Holtz, CG: 18th-20th century Italian research with extensive experience in southern Italy and Sicily

Sarah Lawn: North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia

Helen F. M. Leary, CG Emeritus, FASG: North Carolina and Virginia

Terry Moore, CG: North Carolina and the states where ancestors came into or went out of North Carolina

Ann C. Sherwin, German to English  ATA certified translator.

Jenny Tonks: Northern and Middle Italy and the Italian cantons of Switzerland

Maryann Tuck: Immigration and European research

 *Please note that there will 3-4 genealogists available each hour and are only available during their designated shifts. Availability is subject to change

**German translation assistance is available from 10am – 2pm.

 For more information please go to: or call (919)807-7450.

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