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Lunch and Learn: Finding Your Ancestors

Lunch and Learn flyerOn May 10-13, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will hold its annual conference in Raleigh. To help participating genealogists prepare for their visit, the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will host two Facebook Live sessions on its Facebook page. The “Lunch and Learn: Finding Your Ancestors” series will take place over two days:

  • Wednesday, May 3 at 12 noon – Tune in to hear about genealogical research at the Government and Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina.
  • Thursday, May 4 at 12 noon – Learn about resources available both in the Search Room and online from the State Archives of North Carolina.

The State Archives has also updated the information under the genealogical research tab on this blog in preparation for NGS 2017. If you have any additional questions about your upcoming visit to the State Archives, please contact us.

Night of the Living Bit Rot and Other October News

It’s Halloween, which means it’s a good time to remind you to prepare for the Bit Rot Apocalypse.

This short film was created by State Archives staff as part of Electronic Records Day, along with several blog posts. They are among the many new items available online this October, including:

Several recent posts from our records management blog may be of interest to History For All the People readers:

In other October news, last week the State Library of North Carolina announced that NCpedia is getting a new look. They invite members of the public to help test the redesigned website and give their feedback.

Preservation Week Quiz: Saturday’s Question of the Day

As part of Preservation Week 2015, the State Archives is partnering with the State Library of North Carolina on a Preservation Week Question of the Day – a series of questions related to the preservation of materials both physical and electronic. See the State Library’s blog to see their question of the day posts.

What kind of computer can open the files on this 3.5” floppy disk from 1990?

Dysan floppy disk

  1. Any modern Windows or Mac computer, as long as you buy an external floppy drive.
  2. A Windows computer from around 1990 running MS-DOS and having a working floppy drive.
  3. A modern Windows computer with special hardware installed inside the computer, plus an external floppy drive, plus special software to emulate a 1990 computer.
  4. There is no computer that can read the disk, because the insides of the disk have definitely deteriorated too much by now.
  5. There’s no way to tell. You can’t be certain about whether the data has survived or what it will take to access the files until you start experimenting with different hardware and software.

Do you know the answer?  Find out below the cut.

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Preservation Week Quiz: Monday’s Question of the Day

As part of Preservation Week 2015, the State Archives is partnering with the State Library of North Carolina on a Preservation Week Question of the Day – a series of questions related to the preservation of materials both physical and electronic. Visit the State Library’s blog to see their question of the day posts.

When CDs first went on the market, sellers often claimed that the disks could last up to 200 years. Today, experts estimate that a CD will last how long if left on the shelf?

  1. 50-75 years
  2. 30-50 years
  3. 10-30 years
  4. 5-10 years

Do you know the answer?  Find out below.

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State Library and State Archives Promote Preservation Week: April 26 – May 2

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Library of North Carolina and State Archives are celebrating the ways they help preserve information whether created physically or digitally. It’s part of National Preservation Week, April 26 – May 2, which highlights the role libraries, archives and other cultural institutions play in preserving our information. A week of activities await you.

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Preservation Week 2015 flyer – click on the image to view a larger version.

A social media campaign, daily preservation trivia question, exhibits and other activities are available. Discover activities from the State Archives here and from the State Library here. The State Archives and State Library are located at 109 E. Jones St., where they will offer Preservation Week programs on site:

Preservation Exhibit at the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives preserves historically significant materials by preventing or slowing their deterioration and saving key information. The recently conserved 1864 payroll of Company G, 38th NC Infantry, Confederate States of America, will be displayed in the State Archives Search Room. The exhibit highlights the extensive conservation to the payroll and also preservation techniques used for paper based materials. The State Archives is open Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

Government and Heritage Library’s Museum of Obsolete Media

Digital and analog media deteriorate too. They become so out of date, or obsolete, that modern computers can’t access or display their information. Visit the library’s display of obsolete media including floppy disks, ZIP drives, 8 track tapes and other out of date hardware. The exhibit will be in the Government and History Research Room on the first floor of the Government and Heritage Library. It is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

April 30 – Webinar: Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups Sponsored by Gaylord

The Government and Heritage Library and State Archives will host a viewing of an online webinar led by the Library of Congress’s Mike Ashenfelder. Join the staff viewing in room 208, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Webinar Description: The greatest threat to preserving digital files is obsolescence as files on older media become unusable. This webinar will help you understand what it takes to preserve commonly used digital files such as photographs, recordings, videos and documents. Learn some simple, practical tips and tools to help you master this digital challenge and preserve your digital materials. Find more information here.

Follow the State Library on Facebook, Twitter and blogs for preservation focused posts and the daily preservation trivia question. Find the Government and Heritage Library at http://ghlblog.org, https://facebook.com/ncghl and on Twitter: @ncpedia and @digpress411.

Find the State Archives History for All the People blog at https://ncarchives.wordpress.com, and at https://www.facebook.com/pages/State-Archives-of-North-Carolina/119904548027450?fref=ts and on Twitter @NCArchives and @WebArchivist.

For additional information please call (919) 807-7454. The State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources 

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind or have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

RootsMOOC: Free Online Genealogy Course

[The blog post is cross-posted from the Government and Heritage Library Blog, a State Library of North Carolina blog.]

banner for RootsMOOC: Free Online Genealogy Course

RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging.

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you.

This project created by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the State Library of North Carolina and was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Interested? Sign up here! http://bit.ly/RootsMOOC

Want to know more? Visit this Z. Smith Reynolds Library blog post written by Kyle Denlinger: http://bit.ly/1uRIJGw.

Stranger than Fiction: True Stories Found in NCpedia

[This event press release is cross-posted from the NCPedia events page.]

Saturday, September 13, 2014
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


Did you know that Craven County was once home to a self-kicking machine? That Tarboro had a refrigerated pool in 1930s? Or that the state laid claim to the world’s longest beard? Come celebrate North Carolina history by hearing about some of its stranger stories.  They can now be found in the State Library of North Carolina’s online encyclopedia, NCpedia!


Make your own “Stranger than Fiction” booklet, filled with North Carolina facts and activities, or a paper cardinal, North Carolina’s State Bird! More of a dog person? Color a Plott Hound, North Carolina’s State Dog!


A panel of experts will share lesser known, entertaining stories from North Carolina’s history!
You’ll hear from:
  • Kelly Agan, Digital Media Librarian, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.
  • Robert Anthony, Curator, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
  • B. J. Davis, Education Section Chief, North Carolina Museum of History.
  • Michael Hill, Head, Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History.
  • Dr. William S. Price, Jr., Former Director of the N.C. Division of Archives and History and Former Kenan Professor of History, Meredith College.
  • Mark Simpson-Vos, Editorial Director, University of North Carolina Press.

This event celebrates the publication of thousands of articles in the NCpedia from the University of North Carolina Press’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, and North Carolina Gazetteer, as well as articles from the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History, the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, NC Natural Heritage Program, and more! NCpedia’s expansion has been funded in part with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

There will be something for the entire family including children’s activities! Join us to learn more and to talk with one of our NCpedia project partners! For more information, call the NC Government & Heritage Library at 919-807-7450 or send us an email. Reservations are not required.