Don’t forget to attend this great event!

“Getting to Know Your Family: the Family Records Collection of the State Archives and State Library”

Bullard Family Tree

Date: October 6

Location: State Archives/Library Building Auditorium
Time: 12 noon—1:00 p.m.

Tracing your ancestry isn’t easy. Often the only place some marriages, births, and deaths are recorded is in the family Bible. The State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina have partnered to create North Carolina Family Records Online. The online collection currently contains a selection of over 700 Bible records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information written in North Carolina family bibles) from the 2000+ copies of various donated family Bibles held by the North Carolina State Archives. The State Library’s six volume Marriage and Death Notices—indexes of marriage and death announcements appearing in five North Carolina newspapers from 1799 to 1893—rounds out this collection. Join archivist Druscie Simpson and librarian Amy Rudersdorf in a discussion of what these records might reveal about your family.

A publication of the North Carolina Department of Labor

North Carolina Labor Ledger

Neal O’Briant is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Labor and a long-time contributor to the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse. The Department of Labor publishes Hazard Alerts, Fatality Investigation Fact Sheets, and its popular Industry Guide series to educate employers and workers on sound safety and health practices in many industries.

Neal is the single point of contact for submitting publications to the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse. “The Department of Labor’s Publications Bureau coordinates printing of all Department publications,” explains Neal. “The Bureau chief sends me ten copies of all publications. In addition, all items posted on our website come through me.” Read More…

Posted by: Reference and Outreach | October 2, 2010

Explore NC: October is Family History Month!



October is Family History Month. The State Library of North Carolina has a long tradition of service to researchers who have undertaken the challenging and rewarding mission to trace their families’ roots.

Thousands of genealogists visit our state’s libraries and archives each year in search of ancestors who have lived here since its early history or who migrated from North Carolina to other states all across America.

Through our work here, we hope to showcase the wealth of resources for North Carolina genealogical research in the State Library’s printed and digital collections and to present highlights of other collections throughout the state of North Carolina. Please take a look at this month’s Explore NC Page,

Student Sampler: Facts in Brief on North Carolina

Student Sampler: Facts in Brief on North Carolina

Looking for the words to the North Carolina State Toast? Need a concise, easy-to-understand explanation of the structure of North Carolina’s state government or of the origin of the North Carolina State Seal? This handy compendium, created for students who focus on the study of the state in fourth and eighth grades, is a great ready-reference for anyone seeking state facts. It was published by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2006. It can be found at,8871 where it can be downloaded, saved, and/or printed.

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The North Carolina State Publications Collection — the State Library’s repository of digital state government publications — holds both publications focusing on North Carolina’s Hispanic population, and informative Spanish-language resources. 

The New North Carolinians: Doing Justice for All in the Criminal Justice System

The New North Carolinians: Doing Justice for All in the Criminal Justice System

Published by the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center, New North Carolinians: Doing Justice for All in the Criminal Justice System analyzed the provision of services to a growing Hispanic population. This major 2006 report found that “overcoming culturally learned fears of criminal justice systems in their native countries should be a goal of Hispanic community groups and every criminal justice agency”. The study recommended further cultural diversity training for criminal justice practitioners; more bilingual practitioners and other Spanish-language resources; and community outreach. This report can be found at

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Posted by: Reference and Outreach | September 29, 2010

Workshop Update- Beginner Genealogy, October 20th


Thank you for your interest in the Oct. 20th workshop. Sign up is now closed. In the coming months we will be offering more genealogy workshops focusing on specific topics and resources.

Beginner Genealogy Workshop

Have you always wanted to research your family tree and don’t know where to begin?

Then this workshop is for you!

In honor of October being Family History Month the Government and Heritage Library is hosting a Beginner Genealogy Workshop. This free workshop is geared to the absolute beginner and will introduce participants to the Genealogy Collection of the Government  and Heritage Library.  We will show you how to get started with your own family history research.

Date: October 20, 2010

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Government and Heritage Library – Genealogical Services,

109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC


Questions? Please contact Rebecca Hyman, Reference and Outreach Librarian, (919)807-7454,

Posted by: Government & Heritage Library | September 29, 2010

Picture of the Week:”Unto These Hills” Cherokee drama

The picture of the week comes from the “Views from Variety Vacationland: North Carolina Conservation and Development Travel and Tourism Photograph Collection” created by the North Carolina State Archives.  This photo, taken in 1951, Cherokee (Swain County, N.C.) during the performance of “Unto these Hills.” This show opened in 1948 and is currently the second-longest-running outdoor drama in the country.

To view this item in the digital repository click here.

Posted by: Government & Heritage Library | September 28, 2010

Government & Heritage Library Social Media Accounts

Do you want to keep informed of what is going on at the Government & Heritage Library?  Below you can find a listing of all our social media sites.


WordPress Blog-




RSS for North Carolina State Government Document Digital Repository:

Posted by: Reference and Outreach | September 28, 2010

Free Event , October 7th – TRIVIA NIGHT!

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Posted by: Kurt Brenneman | September 27, 2010

Working with the NC State Publications Clearinghouse: Reprintings

North Carolina state agencies often ask about reprintings of their publications. Should they be submitted to the Clearinghouse just like new publications? A straight reprinting, without changes, should not be sent to the Clearinghouse. Even when minor changes are made, such as updated contact information or dates, typo corrections, etc., there is no need to send the publication.

For example, a brochure about the Supreme Court of North Carolina is published and sent to the Clearinghouse in June 2009. Upon depletion of inventory, the brochure is reprinted, without change, in November 2009. This reprinting is not sent to the Clearinghouse. In February 2010, telephone numbers listed on the brochure are changed and the brochure is reprinted. Because these changes are minor, this reprinting is not sent to the Clearinghouse. However, later in 2010, two new associate justices join the Supreme Court. Their biographical information is added to the brochure. The brochure is again reprinted, but, with the content changed substantially, this reprinting is sent to the Clearinghouse.

Straight reprintings often occur with popular brochures and pamphlets. The Clearinghouse suggests that an agency label such publications as reprintings, perhaps inserting the word “reprint” in brackets following the date of publication. The label “update” could be used instead when updating contact information or dates.

If the substance of the content is changed; new content, data, or statistics added; or the title completely changed, then the required ten copies should be sent to the Clearinghouse. The publication is now a “new” publication or new edition of a serial publication.

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