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Celebrate National Bookmobile Day 2014

Post by Government and Heritage Library Intern, Mariah Davis

National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.

Iredell county bookmobile

This Iredell County Public Library bookmobile was purchased in 1961 and was driven by staff member Virginia Deaton (pictured).

It is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. Have you hugged your bookmobile today?

North Carolina has a long history of bookmobiles serving communities from the coast to the mountains. This image of the Iredell County Library Moroney bookmobile is from the Transforming the Tar Heel State: The Legacy of Public Libraries in North Carolina collection part of the  North Carolina Digital Collections. You can view the image with this link: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/p249901coll36/id/1382/rec/1

You can also check out a selection of bookmobiles on our Pinterest Board:

http://www.pinterest.com/ncghl/north-carolina-bookmobiles.

Free Workshop: Finding Your African-American Ancestors, 1870 – 1940

African-American Ancestors Genealogy Workshop

Family at log cabin, 1890. Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.

This workshop will introduce research resources for finding African-American ancestors from post-emancipation 1870 to 1940. We will discuss what materials are available at both the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.

This will be the first in a series of African-American genealogy focused workshops offered on a yearly basis.

Registration is required: (919)807-7450 or slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov.

NC County of the Week: Pitt

Pitt County, NC

The NC County of the Week for March 9-March 15 is Pitt!

Each week, we highlight information and resources that relate to a particular county in North Carolina. To follow along, on our participating Facebook and Twitter accounts, simply look for the hash tag #nccotw. You will also find pins related to that county on the Government & Heritage Library’s Pinterest account!

Follow us this week for great information about the people, history, geography, and culture of Pitt County.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ncghl
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ncghl/pitt-county-nc/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ncpedia

 

Family History Fair Wrap Up

Family-History-2013-WEB-TeaserA great big thank you goes out to all who attended the 2nd Annual Family History Fair presented by the Government and Heritage Library, State Archives of North Carolina and the Friends of the Archives.

Thank you to our speakers, exhibitors ,and attendees as well! It was a wonderful success!  A special thank you goes to the support of the Friends of the Archives.

Remember as you can always use the Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina’s resources to research your family history. For more information please go here:

Government and Heritage Library:                                                                               http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy.html

Email: slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov   Phone: 919.807.7450

State Archives of North Carolina:                                                                                            http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx   

Email: archives@ncdcr.gov  Phone: 919.807.7310

Photographs from the 2nd Saturdays Family History Fair

All photographs by Mathew Waehner, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

State Archivist Sarah Koonts

State Archivist Sarah Koonts welcomes everyone to the 2nd Annual Family History Fair, October 26, 2013.

Archivist Debbi Blake gave a presentation entitled, “Before the Vital Records Law: What’s a Family Historian to Do?” describing alternatives to the recording of births, deaths, and marriages. North Carolina’s vital records law wasn’t enacted until 1913 and there was no systematic, statewide method for creating and preserving these data.  In her presentation, Blake talks about alternative ways to find the data similar to that now recorded in vital records.

Archivist Debbi Blake gave a presentation entitled, “Before the Vital Records Law: What’s a Family Historian to Do?”  In her presentation, Blake talked about alternative ways to find the data similar to that now recorded in vital records.

Professional genealogist, Diane L. Richard, principal of MosaicRPM explores the enigmatic world of genes and the double helix in her presentation, “Who’s Your (Great-Grand) Daddy?: The basics of DNA testing for Genealogy.”

Professional genealogist, Diane L. Richard, principal of MosaicRPM discussed the enigmatic world of genes and the double helix in her presentation, “Who’s Your (Great-Grand) Daddy?: The basics of DNA testing for Genealogy.”

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