Monthly Archives: September 2010

Connecting You to the Past: North Carolina Archives Week October 4-10 2010

[Our blog post today comes from the Resource Management Branch.]

As archives throughout the nation celebrate American Archives Month in October, the State Archives will offer public programs and activities reflecting our state theme, “Connecting You to the Past.” Please join us for these informative and fun events honoring Archives Week in North Carolina.  All activities are FREE and will take place in the North Carolina State Archives /Library Building, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Tuesday, October 5

“MARS and More: An Introduction to the North Carolina State Archives’ Online Resources”; 10:00 a.m.—11:30 p.m.

Location: State Archives/Library Buidling—2nd floor, Computer Lab, room 208

What historic North Carolina documents are available through the Internet on the Manuscripts and Archives Reference System (MARS)? What can you find out about your family through online indexes, references, digital collections, and social networking tools? Ashley Yandle, archivist with the State Archives will guide you through some of the basic search strategies for uncovering information about your ancestors. She will identify some of the basic online tools that will make searching worthwhile and rewarding.

Wednesday, October 6

“Getting to Know Your Family: the Family Records Collection of the State Archives and State Library”; 12 noon—1:00 p.m.

Location: State Archives/Library Building Auditorium

Tracing your ancestry isn’t easy. Often the only place some marriages, births, and deaths are recorded is in the family Bible. Fortunately, some of those Bible records are available in the State Archives and can be accessed from your computer. The State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina have created North Carolina Family Records Online. The collection currently contains a selection of over 700 Bible records from the more than 2000 copies of various donated family Bibles. 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 how to use these records to discover information about your family.

Saturday, October 16

Triangle Home Movie Day; 1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Location: State Archives/Library Building—Auditorium, 1st Floor

The fun doesn’t end after Archives Week is over. The following week, the North Carolina State Archives hosts Triangle Home Movie Day, a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies. Meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and-most importantly, watch those old family films! Join us in Raleigh to view these movies and bring your own family films to share (8mm, super8 and 16mm—sorry, no video). Share in a discussion with archivists and film professionals about the care and preservation of these unique records. This event is co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program, NCSU and A/V Geeks Archive.

And, please visit the Web site of the State Archives during this week. The Archives is planning to launch an online exhibit, “Finding Our Ancestors: Connecting to the Civil War.”  As the Civil War Sesquicentennial approaches, several staff archivists have researched their own past and have discovered important clues that document their ancestors’ service and activities during the war. We’ve discovered service records, prison records, pension records, photographs, and more.  See how we’ve connected to our past.


Training Opportunity: Essential Records Identification and Protection

The North Carolina State Archives (Department of Cultural Resources), Division of Emergency Management (Department of Crime Control and Public Safety), and the Office of Information Technology Services are pleased to announce the availability of two on-line courses designed to assist participants in the development of the vital records identification and protection component of their Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan.  Each course provides 7.5 hours of online training, and a FEMA certificate of completion.  Listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) catalog as courses AWR-210-2 and AWR-211-2, these courses will be delivered in North Carolina by staff of the Department of Cultural Resources and Information Technology Services.

Course AWR-210-2 (Essential Records Webinar) presents a step-by-step approach to developing an essential records program that is based on FEMA’s COOP guidance.  Presented via webinar in four sessions, held once a week, the course covers identification, protection, accessibility, and implementation of a scalable essential records program.  Take-home assignments to be completed between each session allow participants to apply what they learn to their own workplace setting, developing the components necessary for a comprehensive essential records program.  Building on the lessons of the Essential Records Webinar, course AWR-211-2 (Records Emergency Planning and Response Webinar) broadens the focus to all records so that agencies can plan for protecting and recovering both essential records and others that are also important or useful should an emergency occur.  This course is also presented in a weekly webinar format.  Take home assignments between sessions allow participants to develop key components of their own Records Emergency Action Plan that details how each participant’s agency will handle records during an emergency.

Governmental administrative, law enforcement, public health, emergency management, and information technology professionals involved in COOP planning are the target audiences of these courses.  Each requires a weekly commitment to attend the webinars, complete the assigned homework, and take a pre and post course test.  It is recommended that participants complete the Essential Records course prior to taking the Records Emergency Planning and Response Webinar.  In addition, participants unfamiliar with basic records management principles and terminology may wish to take some on-line, self-directed tutorials on managing public records in North Carolina available from the Government Records Branch of the North Carolina State Archives at

The Essential Records Webinar in four sessions will be offered Wednesdays at 10 a.m. beginning October 6.  The Records Emergency Planning and Response Webinar in four sessions will be offered Wednesdays at 10 a.m. beginning November 3.  Webinar sizes are limited, and long distance phone charges will apply for each webinar.  Course participants may be eligible for continuing education credits from organizations such as the International Institute of Municipal Clerks or the National Association of Government Archives & Records Administrators.  For more information on registration, please contact Sarah Koonts at or (919) 807-7339.

Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick

[Our blog post today comes from the Historical Publications Section, one of our sister organizations within the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.]

The Historical Publications Section announces the publication of Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick, by Dr. Stanley South.

Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick cover

Cover of Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick

In Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick, Stan South recounts the decade-long excavation of this important North Carolina colonial port. He provides historical context and detailed interpretation of the many hundreds of objects uncovered. South’s narrative guides the reader through a town and a way of life that ended more than two centuries ago. The experience is enhanced by 196 illustrations that include photographs of excavated buildings and artifacts, archaeological site plans, and interpretive drawings. Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick meets the inquisitive needs of the general public while answering the scientific queries of archaeologists.

Stan South is a research professor and archaeologist at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, which is part of the University of South Carolina.

Considered by many to be a pioneer of historical archaeology, South has written a number of books on this topic, including the canonical Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology (1977). He began his career in 1956 at the N.C. Department of Archives and History and conducted the initial archaeological investigations at Brunswick Town.

Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick (paperbound; pp. xxvi, 308; illustrations; index; 2010) sells for $30.17, which includes tax and shipping. Order from the Historical Publications Section (R), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442, ext. 0, or visit the section’s secure online store at Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick is also available through local bookstores and

Brief Reminders

The North Carolina State Archives will be closed Sept. 4-6 for the Labor Day holiday. Remember that if you ever need to know about our hours or what holidays we close for, you can always find that information on our hours page.

Also, this year North Carolina Archives Week will take place October 4-10th and the theme will be “Archives Week 2010: Connecting You to the Past,” with a focus on genealogy. In the next few weeks, we and other repositories in the state will be announcing events (presentations, classes, etc.) related to that theme. Watch this space and the official North Carolina Archives Week website for more information.