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Halifax County Wills, 1758-1824

Lemanther Vaughan Will 1807 Halifax County

image of the will of Lemanther Vaughan, 1807 Halifax County

I often browse through the new books in the genealogy collection and the book Genealogical Abstracts of Wills 1758-1824 Halifax County, North Carolina by Margaret M. Hofmann caught my eye. Although the book is new to our library, it was actually published in 1970. As I’ve talked about before, wills are an important tool in genealogical research. We have many will abstracts and indexes for counties in North Carolina and even a few statewide indexes. Today’s topic is just one of the many books about North Carolina wills that the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library has in its collections.  (more…)

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:

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

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

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.



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