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Friday Finds – The Great War in county records

This Friday we bring you another find from the microfilm collection.

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has been highlighting World War One (WWI), also known as The Great War, in 2017.  Two interesting county microfilm reels contain information related to WWI.

In the Columbus County miscellaneous series, we have a unique offering entitled “History of World War Veterans.”  This is a roster of men and women from Columbus County who served in the war – in the armed services or the Red Cross, etc.  The people are listed and their services records are briefly covered.  Often a military unit’s or Red Cross chapter’s activities will be discussed.  Many small vignettes are intermixed with the rosters and cover home front and war records.  One such piece is entitled “Red Cross in Whiteville in the Great War.”  The entire book as imaged on the microfilm is only 85 pages but it is full of descriptive items related to the people of the county during the war.  This reel is C.027.90005.

In the Davie County estate series, we have an item recorded as World War Guardians, 1937-1958.  At first glance it may seem the dates are for the second World War but the law that created the record series dates from 1929.  Chapter 33 of NC Public Laws is titled “an act regulating the guardianship of incompetent veterans and of minor children of disabled or deceased veterans and the commitment of veterans to US hospitals.”  This law allowed for assistance to veterans and their minor children.  The date of the law suggests it was related to the first World War.  This is even smaller than the reel above – only a fifteen-page book that was microfilmed.  Some of the pages included a multi-page document attached so that there are several frames to capture each of those pages.  If your veteran or his minor children received help they might be listed.  It seems likely that other counties had these records but did not separate them from other guardian books – I can find no similar World War Guardian only books in other counties in the microfilm collection.  If not your family history maybe this reel could lead you to exploring the law and how effective it was in North Carolina – or some other social history question.  Or maybe you can look at the guardian files in other counties to see if this law was used but not kept as a separate record series.  This reel is C.033.50018.

To place an order for a duplicate copy of the material mentioned in the blog post please contact Chris Meekins, Imaging Unit Head  –  chris.meekins <at> ncdcr.gov or reach him by phone at 919.807.7333.

 Friday Finds wants you!  Have you used microfilm at the State Archives of North Carolina?  Did you make a research connection – a find – using microfilm? Would you like to share your find with the State Archives for possible inclusion in this blog?  If you answered yes to all of these please send an email to Chris Meekins at the above email address.  Tell me 1) who you are, 2) what you found (like a will connecting generations or a deed naming a missing spouse, etc.), 3) what the record name and call number are,  4) and why it was “a find” (how it helped your research – be it genealogical or historical research).  Who knows – yours might be the next Friday Find in our blog…


Friday Finds – Reconstruction: Governor’s Office materials

The Collection Management Branch (CMB) wishes to introduce to you a new feature of the History For All The People blog – Friday Finds.  These posts will highlight things – items, activities, staff – in the three sections of the CMB – the Conservation Lab, Photography Lab, and the Imaging Unit.  Sometimes we will feature things rediscovered while helping patrons and other times we will feature things located through our mission of preserving and providing access to the records.  Regardless of how the item(s) came to our attention, look for new posts on Fridays – a Friday Find.

This Friday Find is from the Imaging Unit.

The Sesquicentennial of the period known as Presidential Reconstruction (1865) is currently underway.  Visit the main Archives Search room to see manuscript collections related to the period.  The Provisional Governor papers are important but so are the Governor’s Office materials.  Recently we have had some researchers who needed to see the Governor’s Office materials related to Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction but could not visit the Archives.  The most cost effective way to copy all the records was to microfilm them.

microfilm boxes resized

Production costs of microfilm are only 20 cents a frame.  Once the microfilm is created the customer can also get digital copies of a reel for $15.00.  When a whole record is requested microfilmed, the Archives (depending on the historical and evidential value plus the preservation aspect of having security microfilm) can keep a copy of the microfilm.  The extra value is that a reading copy can be added to the microfilm reading room and give more access options to patrons.

Four different Governor’s Office volumes have recently been imaged.

  • GO. 42 – Confederate Pardons: 1865-1867
  • GO. 43 – Pardons: 1869-1870
  • GO. 44 – Pardons and Recommendations: 1869-1870

All on new microfilm reel S.51.1577.

  • GO. 33 – William W. Holden to Tod R. Caldwell: Commutations, Pardons and Respites: 1868-1872

On new microfilm reel S.51.1578.

The petitions for pardons often provide details about activities of the petitioner during the Civil War period.  The petitions and pardons include a range of activities – citizens requesting release of a man convicted of a crime and jailed but whose wife and children need him on the farm to survive.  The records are rich in social history of the state.  Who knows, you might even have your own Friday Find while searching the material.

To place an order for a duplicate copy of the material mentioned in the blog post please contact Chris Meekins, Imaging Unit Head  –  chris.meekins <at> ncdcr.gov or contact him by phone at 919.807.7333.