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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about [[North Carolina|North Carolina]]. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
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{{TOCright}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[North_Carolina_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''<br><br>
  
=== Archives and Libraries  ===
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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in North Carolina.
  
The following archives and libraries have collections or services for North Carolina genealogical research:
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=== National  ===
  
'''North Carolina State Archives'''<br>109 East Jones Street<br>Raleigh, NC 27601
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[[Image:NARA Atlanta.jpg|right|200px|NARA Atlanta.jpg]]'''[[National Archives at Atlanta]]''' <br>5780 Jonesboro Road<br>Morrow, Georgia 30260<br>Telephone: 770-968-2100<br>Fax: 770-968-2547<br>Email: [mailto:atlanta.archives@nara.gov atlanta.archives@nara.gov]<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/ <br><br>
  
Telephone: 919-807-7310<br>Fax: 919-733-1354<br>Internet: [http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/archives/ '''http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/archives/''']<br>E-mail: [http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/archives/default.htm '''archives@ncmail.net''']
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:Collects federal agency and court records for '''''North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina''''', and '''''Tennessee'''''. They have both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room. There is an extensive microfilm collection of value for genealogy research and general historical interest. Genealogy records include censuses, military service records, pensions and bounty-land, and Gulf Coast passenger arrivals. Subject specialties include the Vice Admiralty Court of South Carolina, Civil War and Reconstruction, organized crime, World Wars, the New Deal, and space exploration. The collection holds about 70,000 cubic feet of archival holdings from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, and photographs.<ref name="DB12728">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
  
Mailing address:<br>North Carolina State Archives<br>4614 Mail Service Center<br>Raleigh, NC 27699-4614
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[[Image:Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg|right|344px|Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg]]'''[[Library of Congress]]'''<br>101 Independence Ave. SE <br>Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4 <br>Washington, D.C. 20540-4660 <br>Telephone:<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;Reading Room: 202-707-5537<br>Fax:<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;202-707-1957 <br>E-mail: &nbsp;[http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-genealogy.html Ask a Librarian]<ref name="ContInfo">"Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html (accessed 12 May 2010).</ref> <br>Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ <br><br>
  
North Carolina State Library<br>109 East Jones Street<br>Raleigh, NC 27601-2807
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:Use this library for its outstanding genealogical guides and indexes. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reference Services'' in ''Library of Congress'' (accessed 2 February 2014).</ref> <ref name="DB29">Dollarhide and Bremer, 29.</ref><br><br>
  
Telephone: 919-807-7460<br>Internet: [http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/iss/gr/genealog.htm '''http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/''']
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=== State  ===
  
Mailing Address:<br>Genealogical Services<br>State Library of North Carolina<br>4641 Mail Service Center<br>Raleigh, NC 27699-4641
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{{Adoption NCGenWeb}}'''[[North Carolina State Archives|North Carolina State Archives]]'''<br> 109 East Jones Street &nbsp; (Mail to: 4610 Mail Service Center)<br>Raleigh, NC 27699-4610 <br>Telephone: 919-807-7310<br>Fax: 919-733-1354<br>E-mail: [mailto:archives@ncdcr.gov archives@ncdcr.gov]<br>Internet: http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx<br><br>
  
The North Carolina State Archives maintains original records of North Carolina governments on the state, district, and county levels. The North Carolina State Library is at the same location and houses books, pamphlets, and family files.  
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:Collection of county court records so large it has not all been cataloged.<ref name="DB85">Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.</ref> The North Carolina State Archives maintains original records of North Carolina governments on the state, district, and county levels. Includes audio visual material, government records, maps, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars, newspapers, photos, county records, state agency records, veterans records, organization records, private collections, and defunct academic institution records.<ref>[http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Public/Collections.aspx Collections] in ''State Archives of North Carolina '' (accessed 7 February 2014).</ref> <br><br>
  
Catalogs of the holdings of the North Carolina State Archives and the North Carolina State Library are available on their Internet sites. Printed guides available at the Family History Library to holdings at the North Carolina State Archives include:
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'''[[State Library of North Carolina]]'''<br>109 East Jones Street &nbsp; (Mail to: 4641 Mail Service Center)<br> Raleigh, NC 27699-4641 <br> Telephone:<ref name="Contact" /> &nbsp;919-807-7460 <br>E-mail:<ref name="Contact">[http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact.html Contact Us] in ''State Library of North Carolina'' (accessed 7 February 2014).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov] <br>Internet: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/index.html
  
Cain, Barbara T. ''Guide to Private Manuscript Collections in the North Carolina State Archives'''''. '''3rd rev. ed. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division.)&nbsp;1986. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+A3c 975.6 A3c]).&nbsp;&nbsp;This lists about 12,000 collectins with family histories, Bible&nbsp;records, biographical information, state and local records, records of organizations, banks, businesses (over 480 account books), schools, and historical subjects. The guide is well indexed.  
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:Great collection of books, periodicals, and genealogies for North Carolina.<ref name="DB85" /> Their collection includes genealogy databases; digital: family Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, and cemetery photos; genealogy guides; county records including wills, deeds, marriages, court minutes, tax lists, and probate records.<ref>[http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy.html Genealogy Research] in ''State Library of North Carolina '' (accessed 7 February 2014).</ref>
  
North Carolina, Division of Archives and History. ''Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives''. Section B: County Records. 11th rev. ed. Raleigh, North Carolina: Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1997. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+A3gr 975.6 A3gr] )
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=== Regional  ===
  
=== National Archives  ===
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[[Image:Univ of NC Louis Round Wilson Library.JPG|right|250px|Univ of NC Louis Round Wilson Library.JPG]]'''[[University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries|University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries]]'''<br><br>
  
The Archives in Morrow has both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room. We have extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research and general historical interest. We also have about 70,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, photographs, and architectural drawings.  
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:'''''Wilson Special Collections Library'''''<br>200 South Rd. Wilson Library Campus Box #3948<br>UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890<br>Telephone: 919-962-1172<br>Email:[mailto:nccref@unc.edu nccref@unc.edu] <br>Internet: [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/ Louis R. Wilson Special Collections Library]<br><br>
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::The Wilson Library is home to: the famed [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/ Southern Historical Collection] with strengths in plantations, slavery, the Civil War, Civil Rights, communities, family, race relations, and religious communities<ref>[http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/shcabout.html About the Southern Historical Coillection] in ''UNC Chapel Hill Libraries'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref>; the [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ North Carolina Collection] of published works on North Carolina and its people and biographical index<ref>[http://www2.lib.unc.edu/ncc/genealogy.html Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection] in ''UNC Chapel Hill Libraries'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref>; the [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/rbc/ Rare Book Collection]; the [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/ Southern Folklife Collection]; the ''Manuscript Department&nbsp;'' collection of personal papers, letters, and diaries of early North Carolina residents; and the ''Map Department''.<ref name="DB85" />[[Image:UNC Davis Library.jpg|right|150px|UNC Davis Library.jpg]]<br><br>
  
National Archives-Southeast Region<br>5780 Jonesboro Road<br>Morrow, Georgia 30260
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:'''''Davis Library''''' <br>208 Raleigh Street Campus Box #3916 <br>UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599<br>Telephone: 919-962-1151<br>E-mail: [http://library.unc.edu/ask/ E-mail a Question] form <br>Internet: [http://library.unc.edu/ UNC Chapel Hill Libraries]<br><br>
  
Telephone: 770-968-2100<br>Fax: 770-968-2547<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/southeast/ '''http://www.archives.gov/southeast/''']<br>Email: [mailto:atlanta.archives@nara.gov '''atlanta.archives@nara.gov''']
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::Humanities, and foreign language materials, maps, government documents repository, and microforms are found here.<ref>[http://hours.lib.unc.edu/#view-davis Davis Library] in ''Libraries and Hours'' in ''UNC Chapel Hill Libraries'' (accessed 11 February 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
University Collections<br>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br>Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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[[Image:Duke Univ Perkins Library.jpg|right|250px|Duke Univ Perkins Library.jpg]]'''Duke University Perkins Library'''<br>104 Chapel Drive<br>Durham, NC 27708<br>Telephone: 919-660-5800<br>E-mail: [http://library.duke.edu/research/ask Ask a Librarian] e-mail form<br>Internet: [http://library.duke.edu/ Duke University Libraries] <br><br>
  
Internet: [http://www.unc.edu '''http://www.unc.edu''']
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:Largest manuscript collection in the South, including newspapers, county records, Bibles, and journals. They also have many census records originally at the National Archives.<ref name="DB85" /> <br><br>
  
A web page containing suggestions for genealogical research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is: [http://www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/UNCchLibraries?q=+site:docsouth.unc.edu&sitesearch=&domains=lib.unc.edu&sa=Submit+Search&hq= www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/UNCchLibraries]
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:*Nannie M. Trilley, and Noma Lee Goodwin, ''Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Duke University Library'' (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1947). {{WorldCat|2112391|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|183374|item|disp=FHL Film 899894; Book 975.6 B5d ser. 27–28.}} This guide lists about 8,000 names of individuals, families, and historical subjects, and it is indexed.
  
Two libraries at the University of North Carolina with departments and collections of interest to genealogists are the Wilson Library and the Davis Library.
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'''Rowan Public Library'''<br>201 West Fisher Street<br>Salisbury NC, 28144<br>Telephone: 704-216-8253<br>Fax: 704-216-8237<br>E-mail: [mailto:gretchen.witt@rowancountync.gov gretchen.witt@rowancountync.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/Departments/PublicLibrary/tabid/145/Default.aspx Rowan Public Library]
  
The Wilson Library includes the special collections, manuscript, and map departments. Addresses and holdings of the departments are:  
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:This library has manuscripts, diaries, journals, Bible records, and family folders from the crossroads of colonial North Carolina.<ref name="DB85" /> Emphasis is on "'''Old Rowan County'''," including 150,000 abstracts in the McCubbins Colleciton, 2,000 family histories, and Civil War records<ref>[http://edithclark.omeka.net/genealogical-records Genealogical Records] in ''Edith Clark History Room'' in ''Rowan Public Library'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref>.<br><br>
  
'''University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill'''<br>North Carolina Collection<br>Wilson Library CB 3930<br>Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
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[[Image:Publ Libr of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.jpg|right|250px|Publ Libr of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.jpg]]'''Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County'''<br>[http://www.cmlibrary.org/locations/mainCarolina.asp Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room]<br>310 North Tryon Street<br>Charlotte, NC 28202<br>Telephone: 704-416-0150<br>E-mail: [http://www.cmlibrary.org/About_Us/email.asp?id=36&t=12 Send an E-mail] form<br>Internet: [http://www.cmlibrary.org/locations/mainCarolina.asp Main Library: Carolina Room]<br><br>
  
Telephone: 919-962-1172<br>Email:&nbsp; [mailto:nccref@unc.edu nccref@unc.edu]
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:Virtually a second state archives for the southern part of the state. Emphasis is on Germans, Highland Scots, and Scots-Irish immigrants to North Carolina. Many references to Quakers moving from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. This collection has good indexes, biographies, family folders, and genealogies.<ref name="DB85" /><br><br>
  
The North Carolina Collection contains published works on North Carolina and its people. The collection does not have original records. They have a file of newspaper clippings on North Carolina. The file does not include obituaries.  
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'''Genealogical Society of Old Tyron County'''<br>319 Doggett Road PO Box 938<br>Forest City, NC 28043<br>Telephone: 828-247-8700<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@rutherfordcountync.gov info@rutherfordcountync.gov]<br>Internet: [http://rutherfordcountync.gov/genealogicalsociety Genealogical Society]
  
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br>Manuscript Department<br>Wilson Library CB 3926<br>Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
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:Use this library for finding books, periodicals, Bible records, obituaries, biographies and indexes for pre-Civil War people from both North Carolina and South Carolina. <ref name="DB85" /> Emphasis is on counties of '''Rutherford, Polk''', and '''Cleveland''', but also includes all of North and South Carolina. Immigration data, 500 family histories, 3,000 genealogy books, 60 Carolina county heritage books.<ref>[http://rutherfordcountync.gov/Departments/genealogicalsociety/collections Collections] in ''North Carolina's Rutherford County'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref> <br><br>
  
Telephone: 919-962-1345<br>Fax:&nbsp; 919-962-3594<br>Online inquiry:&nbsp; [http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/mailref.html '''http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/mailref.html''']
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'''McEachern Library of Local History'''<br>Dulpin County Historical Society<br>314 East Main Street, PO Box 130<br>Rose Hill, NC 28458<br>Telephone: 910-296-2180
  
The Manuscript Department collects personal papers, letters, and diaries of early North Carolina residents. The Family History Library has the following guides to their manuscript collection:
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:This library has the largest collection in North America of family folders for immigrants from Scotland, including the highland Scots who came to the '''Cape Fear River region''' of North Carolina.<ref name="DB85" /> <br><br>
  
Blosser, Susan Sokol, and Clyde Norman Wilson Jr. ''The Southern Historical Collection: A Guide to Manuscripts.''Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Library, 1970. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975+H23s 975 H23s] ) This guide may help you locate biographical and local history information pertaining to a family.
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'''Olivia Raney Local History Library''' <br>4016 Carya Drive<br>Raleigh, North Carolina 27610<br>Phone: 919-250-1196<br>Internet: [http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/locations/orl/Pages/default.aspx Olivia Raney Local History Library]  
  
Smith, Everard H. ''Southern Historical Collection: Supplementary Guide to Manuscripts, 1970–1975''. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Library, 1976. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975+H23s+supp 975 H23s supp] ).  
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:The collection of 18,000 items is primarily local and family history oriented including background materials on American, North Carolina and local history. Includes Internet genealogy databases.
  
The university’s Internet site contains an inventory of the records the Manuscript Department has received since they published the 1976 supplement.
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=== Outside North Carolina  ===
  
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br>Davis Library CB 3916<br>Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
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[[Image:Chattanooga Public Library TN.jpg|right|250px|Chattanooga Public Library TN.jpg]]'''[[Chattanooga Public Library Downtown]]''' <br>1001 Broad Street<br>Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402<br>Telephone: 423-757-5317<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@lib.chattanooga.gov library@lib.chattanooga.gov]<br> Internet: [http://catalog.lib.chattanooga.gov/localHist/localHist.html Local History and Genealogy Department]<br><br>
  
Telephone: 919-962-1151<br>Internet:'''[http://www.lib.unc.edu/davis/ www.lib.unc.edu/davis/]'''  
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:Includes the Upper South's largest family folder collection which is heavy on '''''North Carolina'''''.<ref name="DB85" /> Internet genealogy databases, census, newspapers, obituary index, county records, 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.<ref>[http://catalog.lib.chattanooga.gov/localHist/localHist.html Local History and Genealogy Department] in ''Chattanooga Public Library'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
Though the Davis Library mainly collects materials for the humanities and social sciences, they are the designated government depository for the state. Their collection includes many federal papers.  
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[[Image:Customs-house-knoxville-tn1906.jpg|right|250px|Customs-house-knoxville-tn1906.jpg]]'''[[Knox County Public Library]]'''<br>Calvin M. McClung Historical Collections<br>601 South Gay Street<br>Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629<br>Telephone: 865-215-8801<br>E-mail: [mailto:www.easttnhistory.org www.easttnhistory.org]<br>Internet: http://www.knoxlib.org/ <br><br>
  
'''Duke University'''<br>William R. Perkins Library<br>Manuscript Department<br>104 Chapel Drive<br>Durham, NC 27708
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:The McClung Historical Collection includes an index to early '''''North Carolina''''' families. No index in North Carolina can top this one.<ref name="DB85" /> Internet genealogy databases, more than 75,000 books, 3,000 genealogies, 15,000 First Families of Tennessee, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos. The same building also houses the Knox County Archives, and the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum.<ref>[http://www.knoxlib.org/local-family-history/calvin-m-mcclung-historical-collection Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection] in ''Knox County Public Library'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
Telephone: 919-660-5800<br>Internet: [http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/index.html http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/index.html]
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'''[[Bristol Public Library]]''' <br>701 Goode Street <br>Bristol, Virginia 24201-4199 <br>Telephone: 540-645-8780 <br>Fax: 276-669-5593 <br>E-mail: [mailto:bplref@yahoo.com bplref@yahoo.com]<br>Internet: http://www.bristol-library.org/ <br>
  
<span id="1199904994699E">&nbsp;</span>Duke University has&nbsp;holdings on the&nbsp;American South and North Carolina.&nbsp; The libraries' collections contain published diaries, letters,&nbsp;papers, maps, newspapers, and public documents.&nbsp; A guide to some of&nbsp;these collections is:
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:They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from '''''Pennsylvania, Maryland''''', and northern '''''Virginia''''' &nbsp;along the [[Great Valley Road]] into '''''Tennessee, Kentucky''''', and '''''North Carolina'''''.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.</ref><br><br>
  
Trilley, Nannie M., and Noma Lee Goodwin. ''Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Duke University Library''. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1947. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+B5d 975.6 B5d] ser. 27–28; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=183374&disp=Guide+to+the+manuscript+collections+in+t++ 899894].) This guide lists about 8,000 names of individuals, families, and historical subjects, and it is indexed.
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'''[[Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown]]''' <br>224 Church Street<br>Santa Cruz, California 95060 <br>Telephone: 831-427-7707 ext.&nbsp;5794<br>E-mail: [http://www.santacruzpl.org/contact/askscpl/ E-mail reference service] form<br>Internet: http://www.santacruzpl.org/branches/14/<br>
  
=== Inventories of County Records  ===
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:Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the '''''[http://scgensoc.org/special-collections-tina-brayton-collection/ Tina Brayton Collection]''''' which is equivalent to the ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/military/draper/ Draper Collection]'' but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of '''''North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia''''', and '''''West Virginia&nbsp;''''' families.<ref name="DB85" /> <ref>[http://scgensoc.org/special-collections-tina-brayton-collection/ The Tina Brayton Collection] in ''Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County'' (accessed 3 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
To learn more about the history and records of North Carolina counties, use the inventories that have been published for each county. These inventories have been printed in:
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=== Online Records  ===
  
''The Historical Records of North Carolina'', 3 vols. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Historical Commission, 1938–39. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.6+A3hr 975.6 A3hr]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=175633&disp=The+Historical+records+of+North+Carolina++ 1036384].) The inventories are in alphabetical order by county.
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Guides and inventories for collections at archives and libraries can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
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=== Guides ===
  
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*Ellen Garrison, ''Archives in Appalachia: A Directory&nbsp;'' (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). {{WorldCat|12712710|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|12712710|item|disp=FHL Book 975 A3a}}. For Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, arranged alphabetically, each entry shows the archive, address, phone, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, subjects, and size of the collection. Indexed by record type, and by subject.
  
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Guides and inventories for collections at archives and libraries can be found in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog] by using a ''Place Search&nbsp;'' under:
  
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=== Olivia Raney Library ===
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=== References ===
  
http://www.wakegov.com/locations/libraries/oliviaraneyhistorylibrary.htm
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The collection of 18,178 items is primarily local and family history oriented, broadly interpreted to serve the diverse background of local residents today. One will find background materials on American, North Carolina and local history for students and researchers. For the genealogist, there is a variety of resources covering both American and international geographical areas. Researchers can contact library staff for more information.<br>
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United States go to North Carolina go to Archives and Libraries

These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in North Carolina.

National

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National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260
Telephone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547
Email: atlanta.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/

Collects federal agency and court records for North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. They have both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room. There is an extensive microfilm collection of value for genealogy research and general historical interest. Genealogy records include censuses, military service records, pensions and bounty-land, and Gulf Coast passenger arrivals. Subject specialties include the Vice Admiralty Court of South Carolina, Civil War and Reconstruction, organized crime, World Wars, the New Deal, and space exploration. The collection holds about 70,000 cubic feet of archival holdings from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, and photographs.[1]

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Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
Telephone:[2]  Reading Room: 202-707-5537
Fax:[2]  202-707-1957
E-mail:  Ask a Librarian[2]
Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/

Use this library for its outstanding genealogical guides and indexes. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged.[3] [4]

State

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North Carolina State Archives
109 East Jones Street   (Mail to: 4610 Mail Service Center)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4610
Telephone: 919-807-7310
Fax: 919-733-1354
E-mail: archives@ncdcr.gov
Internet: http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx

Collection of county court records so large it has not all been cataloged.[5] The North Carolina State Archives maintains original records of North Carolina governments on the state, district, and county levels. Includes audio visual material, government records, maps, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars, newspapers, photos, county records, state agency records, veterans records, organization records, private collections, and defunct academic institution records.[6]

State Library of North Carolina
109 East Jones Street   (Mail to: 4641 Mail Service Center)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4641
Telephone:[7]  919-807-7460
E-mail:[7]  slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov
Internet: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/index.html

Great collection of books, periodicals, and genealogies for North Carolina.[5] Their collection includes genealogy databases; digital: family Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, and cemetery photos; genealogy guides; county records including wills, deeds, marriages, court minutes, tax lists, and probate records.[8]

Regional

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries

Wilson Special Collections Library
200 South Rd. Wilson Library Campus Box #3948
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
Telephone: 919-962-1172
Email:nccref@unc.edu
Internet: Louis R. Wilson Special Collections Library

The Wilson Library is home to: the famed Southern Historical Collection with strengths in plantations, slavery, the Civil War, Civil Rights, communities, family, race relations, and religious communities[9]; the North Carolina Collection of published works on North Carolina and its people and biographical index[10]; the Rare Book Collection; the Southern Folklife Collection; the Manuscript Department  collection of personal papers, letters, and diaries of early North Carolina residents; and the Map Department.[5]
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Davis Library
208 Raleigh Street Campus Box #3916
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Telephone: 919-962-1151
E-mail: E-mail a Question form
Internet: UNC Chapel Hill Libraries

Humanities, and foreign language materials, maps, government documents repository, and microforms are found here.[11]

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Duke University Perkins Library
104 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Telephone: 919-660-5800
E-mail: Ask a Librarian e-mail form
Internet: Duke University Libraries

Largest manuscript collection in the South, including newspapers, county records, Bibles, and journals. They also have many census records originally at the National Archives.[5]

Rowan Public Library
201 West Fisher Street
Salisbury NC, 28144
Telephone: 704-216-8253
Fax: 704-216-8237
E-mail: gretchen.witt@rowancountync.gov
Internet: Rowan Public Library

This library has manuscripts, diaries, journals, Bible records, and family folders from the crossroads of colonial North Carolina.[5] Emphasis is on "Old Rowan County," including 150,000 abstracts in the McCubbins Colleciton, 2,000 family histories, and Civil War records[12].

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Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Telephone: 704-416-0150
E-mail: Send an E-mail form
Internet: Main Library: Carolina Room

Virtually a second state archives for the southern part of the state. Emphasis is on Germans, Highland Scots, and Scots-Irish immigrants to North Carolina. Many references to Quakers moving from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. This collection has good indexes, biographies, family folders, and genealogies.[5]

Genealogical Society of Old Tyron County
319 Doggett Road PO Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043
Telephone: 828-247-8700
E-mail: info@rutherfordcountync.gov
Internet: Genealogical Society

Use this library for finding books, periodicals, Bible records, obituaries, biographies and indexes for pre-Civil War people from both North Carolina and South Carolina. [5] Emphasis is on counties of Rutherford, Polk, and Cleveland, but also includes all of North and South Carolina. Immigration data, 500 family histories, 3,000 genealogy books, 60 Carolina county heritage books.[13]

McEachern Library of Local History
Dulpin County Historical Society
314 East Main Street, PO Box 130
Rose Hill, NC 28458
Telephone: 910-296-2180

This library has the largest collection in North America of family folders for immigrants from Scotland, including the highland Scots who came to the Cape Fear River region of North Carolina.[5]

Olivia Raney Local History Library
4016 Carya Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
Phone: 919-250-1196
Internet: Olivia Raney Local History Library

The collection of 18,000 items is primarily local and family history oriented including background materials on American, North Carolina and local history. Includes Internet genealogy databases.

Outside North Carolina

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Chattanooga Public Library Downtown
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Telephone: 423-757-5317
E-mail: library@lib.chattanooga.gov
Internet: Local History and Genealogy Department

Includes the Upper South's largest family folder collection which is heavy on North Carolina.[5] Internet genealogy databases, census, newspapers, obituary index, county records, 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.[14]

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Knox County Public Library
Calvin M. McClung Historical Collections
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629
Telephone: 865-215-8801
E-mail: www.easttnhistory.org
Internet: http://www.knoxlib.org/

The McClung Historical Collection includes an index to early North Carolina families. No index in North Carolina can top this one.[5] Internet genealogy databases, more than 75,000 books, 3,000 genealogies, 15,000 First Families of Tennessee, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos. The same building also houses the Knox County Archives, and the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum.[15]

Bristol Public Library
701 Goode Street
Bristol, Virginia 24201-4199
Telephone: 540-645-8780
Fax: 276-669-5593
E-mail: bplref@yahoo.com
Internet: http://www.bristol-library.org/

They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia  along the Great Valley Road into Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[16]

Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Telephone: 831-427-7707 ext. 5794
E-mail: E-mail reference service form
Internet: http://www.santacruzpl.org/branches/14/

Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia  families.[5] [17]

Online Records

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Online Records
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Guides

  • Ellen Garrison, Archives in Appalachia: A Directory  (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 975 A3a. For Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, arranged alphabetically, each entry shows the archive, address, phone, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, subjects, and size of the collection. Indexed by record type, and by subject.

Guides and inventories for collections at archives and libraries can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search  under:

NORTH CAROLINA — ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES — INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] — ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html (accessed 12 May 2010).
  3. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reference Services in Library of Congress (accessed 2 February 2014).
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 29.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
  6. Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Contact Us in State Library of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  8. Genealogy Research in State Library of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  9. About the Southern Historical Coillection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  10. Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  11. Davis Library in Libraries and Hours in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2013).
  12. Genealogical Records in Edith Clark History Room in Rowan Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  13. Collections in North Carolina's Rutherford County (accessed 11 February 2014).
  14. Local History and Genealogy Department in Chattanooga Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  15. Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
  17. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).