Archives Overview Workshop to be held in Durham

This announcement came to us from Solveig De Sutter, Director of Education, Society of American Archivists:

The Society of American Archivists has developed a face-to-face workshop, Archives Overview, especially for individuals who are near and dear to the hearts of SHRABs nationwide: historical society volunteers, local history librarians, town clerks, and others who may be the hands-on caretakers of records of enduring value. These “accidental archivists” often are committed and passionate, but may not have a full understanding of the nature of archives work. SAA was asked to bring this workshop to the Durham Academy in Durham, NC, on March 10, 2011.

Archives Overview provides a practical, one-day introduction to archival principles and practices. And it’s designed to provide a foundation on which further training and learning can be based.


2 thoughts on “Archives Overview Workshop to be held in Durham

  1. Gary McGalliard

    I am new at internet..just retired and looking for family history in N.C. the family name is McGalliard. I cannot seem to get into the court house archives, etc. Anyone got a certain website to go to? Thanks for any help that anyone can give me. Gary

  2. Ashley Post author

    Hi Gary,

    First, older county records (where they’ve survived) are usually part of our collection in the State Archives in Raleigh. You can search our records through our online catalog MARS at:

    But given that you say you are new to this, you may want to start with an introduction to doing genealogy at the State Archives:

    If you had a more specific question, I’d send you to our “questions by correspondence” staff (who answer questions that come in from email or letters) but it sounds like what you really need is a “how do I get started with this” introduction. If you’re within a short driving distance of Raleigh you could certainly come in and work with our Search Room staff, but if you aren’t then you may want to look into one of the genealogical groups online like NCGenWeb ( for an introduction to community-based online support and guidance.

    I should also probably say that while genealogy isn’t my particular specialty at the State Archives, one thing I have learned is that you need to know what county (or counties) the people you’re looking for lived in since most of the records are organized by county.

    I hope that helps you. Good luck in your in your search. If you have further questions please let us know.

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