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.

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