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Civil War 150: US Colored Troops now online

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Image of the U.S. Colored Troops from Wilmington, NC

US Colored Troops in the Wilmington Campaign Members of Company E, 4th USCT
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

May 22, 2013 was the 150th anniversary of the formation of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT).  Almost a year ago, I posted about U.S. Colored Troops in North Carolina (please see this post to find out which regiments of the USCT were from NC).

On May 22, 2013, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced that all services records for the USCT have been fully digitized and available on Fold3. The records for all Infantry, all Artillery, and all Calvary are available on Fold3 to research.  (more…)

War of 1812 – North Carolina Muster Rolls

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I will admit, I don’t know a lot about researching the War of 1812 soldiers as none of my ancestors served, but I have realized this year how difficult it is unless you are able to do research in the North Carolina State Archives, where most of the records are kept.  Unlike the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, not a lot has been published to help genealogists out with their research on War of 1812 soldiers.

I decided this week to talk about muster rolls for the war of 1812.  We have in our library a book called North Carolina Military Muster Rolls 1812 & 1814 by Ronald Vern Jackson.  This book is an index of muster rolls during 1812 and 1814 for soldiers from North Carolina.  For the purpose of this blog, I will refer to this as the Jackson Index.  There is a note on the inside cover of this book to refer to the Simpson Index  located in the North Carolina State Archives research room reference desk and that is also in our library under the title Adjutant General’s records : index to the manuscript muster rolls of the War of 1812


Countdown to the 1940 Census: Social Media and Blog Roll Call

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On the first and third Mondays of the month our guest blogger,  Government and Heritage Library intern Carla Sarratt will be  counting down to the release of the 1940 Census data on Monday, April 2, 2012.

1940 Census Social Media and Blog Roll Call

It should come as no surprise that the National Archives is one of the leading social media resources for all things related to the release of the 1940 Census data.  Not only are they on Facebook and Twitter, but they also publish an informative blog called NARAtions.  Since last year, NARAtions has written several blog entries about various aspects of the 1940 Census.  If you want correct information regarding the 1940 Census as well as previous censuses, National Archives has the answers with their helpful Research Our Records resource for genealogists.  Not only do they showcase the Census forms, but they help you locate additional resources as well. has created a helpful Wiki-type page about the 1940 Census.  The coolest feature is a chart that shows what questions the Census has asked since 1790 – 1940. Expect the Wiki page to provide additional information about their role in the release of the Census data as we get closer to April 2, 2012.  In 2011, Ancestry released a statement that there will be no charge to search 1940 Census records on their site once it is available until the end of 2013.

There is a partnership among several genealogy organizations including Family Search,, and called the 1940 US Census Community Project which will work together to index the census data for online availability.  There is a need for volunteers to help with this project.  The project also has a Facebook page where people can sign up to help with transcription as well as form an online community.

 For all of the avid Facebook users, you won’t be surprised that there is a 1940 Census fan page out there.  You can also become a fan of Ancestry, Archives, and Find My Past.

Twitter users, you’re not left out of the social media crowd.  Check out and follow, Ancestry, Family Search, Archives, and Find My Past.

Last but definitely not least, you can count on the Government and Heritage Library to keep you informed about the 1940 Census via our blog, Facebook posts, and our tweets along with helpful Census related tools.  For those who are in the vicinity of the library inRaleigh, we will have a Census program on April 2, 2012.

No matter where you go on the World Wide Web, if you type “1940 Census” into the search box you are sure to find help from one social media venue or another, from blogs to YouTube.

About the author

Formerly employed with the 2010 Census, Carla Sarratt is a Master of Library Science student at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina interning with the Government and Heritage Library.

This blog is a service of the State Library of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Blog comments and posts may be subject to Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.