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New Services available for correspondence requests

Online Correspondence is here!  The State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce a new web portal for correspondence.  Online Correspondence will allow persons residing outside of North Carolina to request a search for a record and pay the search and handling fee using the Online Correspondence portal.  Persons residing outside of North Carolina will still have the option of sending a check, a money order or credit card information through the USPS but the Online Correspondence portal will give the additional option of paying electronically.


But wait – there’s more!

The Online Correspondence portal will also have a feature that will allow residents and non-residents to pay their invoice electronically too!  Researchers will receive an invoice with instructions on how to find and use the online payment option.


And that’s not all!

North Carolina residents will now find a new option on the North Carolina online request form.  North Carolina residents can now opt-in to receive an electronic invoice.  If the researcher selects the electronic invoice option they will receive the invoice via email instead of a paper copy sent by USPS.  This service should save time for the customer and reduce operational costs for the Archives!


We hope these new features will help us serve you faster and more efficiently.  Try them out and give us your feedback!


Search Room to Honor Dr. Jeffrey Crow’s Retirement

[This blog update comes from Debbi Blake of our Public Services Branch.]

Dr. Crow standing beside the Search Room exhibit honoring his work and retirement.

Dr. Crow standing beside the Search Room exhibit honoring his work and retirement.

Public Services Branch staff created a small exhibit in the Search Room to honor Dr. Jeffrey Crow’s long and distinguished career with the Department of Cultural Resources.  He has been with the department for 38 years and will be retiring at the end of August.  Many of his books and articles are featured in the case but it is not nearly large enough to hold them all!  Thank you for all that you have done for the department, Dr. Crow.  You will be missed.

3rd Annual Family History Fair and 300th Heritage Weekend

[This press release was sent to me by our Public Service Branch because several of their staff will be speaking that weekend. For more information about the event, visit http://www.encfamilies.org/]

3rd Annual Family History Fair and 300th Heritage Weekend in Celebration of Craven County’s 300th Anniversary

NEW BERN (May 18, 2012) The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina cordially invites you to celebrate Craven County’s 300th Anniversary during the 3rd Annual Family History Fair & 300th Heritage Weekend, June 1st through June 3rd at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  The original Craven Precinct formed in 1712 included many of the surrounding counties from Carteret all the way to Johnston.

An official sanctioned Craven County 300th Anniversary event, the weekend will feature a 300th Heritage Luncheon with Mr. Chris Meekins, North Carolina State Archivist speaking about “The Civil War in Eastern North Carolina” and the beautiful voices of The Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina who will be singing selections celebrating the many groups who have settled here.  The event will also include exhibits by area libraries, genealogical, historical, and cultural groups as well as family photo displays, kids’ history activities, door prizes, and a tea cup auction.  The exhibits, displays, kids’ activities, and beginning genealogy classes are free and open to the public.  Also featured is the Heritage Park Brunch and Ground-Breaking Ceremony to remember, honor, and celebrate all of the people of the area from the early times to the present.

The Society is excited to be partnering with the North Carolina State Archives and State Library, the Craven County Genealogical Society, the Pamlico County Family History Library, Museum, and Heritage Center, and the Richard Dobbs Spaight DAR Chapter to offer family history research and beginning genealogy classes.

The schedule for the three day event:

Friday, June 1st, 9 am to 5 pm

• Exhibitors • Family Photo Boards

• Six Family History Research Classes with the North Carolina State Archives and State Library will feature Debbi Blake, North Carolina Archives Public Services Supervisor; Chris Meekins, North Carolina State Archivist; Kay Tillotson, North Carolina State Library Genealogy Research Librarian; and Jefferson Currie, Native American Research Specialist.  Topics covered will include “Resources Available Onsite and Online at the North Carolina State Archives and Library”, “Researching Revolutionary War, Civil War, African American, and Native American Ancestry.”  Family History Research Classes:  Pre-paid registration is $25 by May 26th, after, $35.  A pre-paid box lunch is also available for $8 by May 26th, after $10.

Saturday, June 2nd, 9 am to 5 pm

• Exhibitors • Family Photo Boards

• 300th Heritage Luncheon Featuring “The Civil War in ENC” Presentation by Mr. Chris Meekins, Archivist, NC State Archives, and the beautiful voices of The Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina.  The luncheon menu includes Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce and Baked Chicken, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Strawberry & Blueberry Shortcake, and Coffee, Tea (Sweet/Unsweet), or Water. Veggie Pasta (Red or White Sauce) is also available.  Pre-paid luncheon tickets are $20 by May 26th, after $25.

• Free Kids’ Event (9 am to Noon and 2 pm to 4pm): Make Historical Crafts, Hear Stories, Pet an Alpaca (9a-12p), Sit on an Antique Tractor, and more Fun Activities!

• Free Beginning Genealogy Classes at 10 am and 3pm include “How Do I Start My Family History?” by Barbara Ordione Kerr  sponsored by The Pamlico County Family History Library, Museum, and Heritage Center, “Getting the Most Out of the Federal Census Reports” by Carolyn Smith and Lois Gregory sponsored by The Craven County Genealogical Society, and “Researching DAR Records Online” by Lou Tate Walker and Carolyn Clemmer McCulley sponsored by The Richard Dobbs Spaight DAR Chapter.

Sunday, June 3rd, 10am to 1pm

• Heritage Park Brunch & Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Enjoy a wonderful brunch which includes Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage Patties, Biscuits, Breakfast Gravy for Biscuits, Pancakes with Butter & Syrup, Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes, Sliced Fruit, and Coffee, Water, or Assorted Juices (Orange, Tomato and Grapefruit). $15 by 5/26, After $20.

• The Heritage Park Ground-Breaking Ceremony will take place at 2 pm at 300 Pollock Street at Craven Street at New Bern City Hall.

Tickets and registration forms are available at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center and the New Bern-Craven County Farmers’ Market.  More information about the event is available online at www.ENCFamilies.org or by calling 252.349.0405.  We look forwarding to seeing everyone as we gather to celebrate Craven County’s 300th Anniversary!

Archives Information Circulars

A new Archives Information Circular – Circular 18: War of 1812 Records in the North Carolina State Archives – is now available on the Services page of the State Archives website.

If you are unfamiliar with the Archives Information Circulars (or the AICs, as they are sometimes known), they are essays written by members of the Archives staff on a specific subject of research. They also serve as guides to the materials in our collections relating to that subject. Currently there are nineteen circulars available online that cover everything from: colonial records, marriage bonds in North Carolina, African-American resources, Tennessee records available in our collections, records relating to Native Americans, and materials that show North Carolina’s contributions to various war efforts.

The circulars are available in PDF format and are maintained by our Public Services Branch, the same unit that runs our Search Room and responds to requests for copies or research. Please visit the Services page for a complete list of Archives Information Circulars.