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Announcing RootsMOOC: Free Online Genealogy Course

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RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging.

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you.

This project created by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the State Library of North Carolina and was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services(more…)

Free Genealogy Workshop Schedule for 2015

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Saturday Genealogy Programs

Join us for free genealogy programs presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina

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February 21, 2015, 10-11a.m.: Finding Your African-American Ancestors

This session introduces research techniques for finding African-American ancestors prior to 1870.  We will discuss slave laws during this time period and what materials are available at both the Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives.

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Family History Fair Vendors, Saturday, October 25, 2014

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North Carolina Numbers: Back to School, 2014

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Posted on behalf of Elizabeth Hayden, Demographics and Reference Librarian.

As the days of summer dwindle, schools have geared up to welcome back students. The familiar sight of the big yellow school bus is greeting commuters on North Carolina roads once again. With the new school year, let’s take time to consider some numbers about North Carolina schools and students. See how much the state has changed!

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