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Tip of the week: Using Sanborn Maps

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Sanborn maps are a valuable research tool. These maps are fire insurance maps dating 1866-1959. Approximately 3,000 cities have Sanborn maps that cover all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico.

North Carolina maps include 145 towns within 85 counties; however, different cities have maps for different years. For example, the town of Hertford in Perquimans County has maps for the years of 1916, 1923, 1929-1940. On the other hand, Concord in Cabarrus County has maps dated 1885, 1887, 1892, 1897, 1902, 1906, 1911, 1921, and 1927.

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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.

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The new homepage for the Family Records Collection

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Free Genealogy Webinar Viewing

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FREE GENEALOGY WEBINAR VIEWING
Digital Public Library of America for Genealogy and Family History
July 26, 2016
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Room 208 — 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, N.C.

sticker_3x3_blue_withURLJoin the staff of the N.C. Government and Heritage Library to watch and discuss the webinar Digital Public Library of America for Genealogy and Family History.

This program will give tips and how-to’s for searching for family names in DPLA and exploring resources from your family’s hometown or region. (more…)

Migration Routes: the Fall Line

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map of NC, SC, VA, showing migragtion routes

Map of 4 major migration routes used by those who settled in colonial NC

Knowing migration routes during the colonial era is important in genealogical research in colonial North Carolina. Last month, I talked about the King’s Highway. This month I will talk about the Fall Line (the red line in the map above).

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