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Genealogy of a House: Researching the History of Your House

[This announcement is cross-posted from the Government and Heritage Library Blog.]

Genealogy of a House: Researching the History of Your House*

February 22, 2014, 10-11a.m.

Program to  be held at the Department of Cultural Resources Building, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.

 Staff from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office will discuss different methods of research to uncover the genealogy of your house.

  • Claudia Brown, Survey & National Register Branch Supervisor and Architectural Survey Coordinator will discuss resources for research.
  • Michael Southern, GIS coordinator and senior architectural historian will give a live demonstration of HPOWEB, web-based historic properties GIS mapping tool.
  • Mitch Wilds, Restoration Services Branch supervisor will talk about analyzing a property’s building elements in order to date it.

To register or for more information please call (919)807-7450 or email slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov.

 *This program is part of the Government and Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina’s Saturday genealogy workshop series.

Before Emancipation: Searching for African-American Ancestors at the State Archives of North Carolina

Staff at the State Archives will present three topics of instruction that may help researchers who are searching for African-American ancestors who lived prior to the end of the American Civil War (pre-1865).  The three part workshop will include a session on laws concerning slaves and free persons of color, a methodology on investigating a slave narrative and records to explore when searching for information about African-Americans before the end of slavery (1865).

The workshop includes a catered lunch.

Please see the flyer for registration information and date, time and location of the workshop.

The workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Archives, Inc. and members of the Friends of the Archives receive a discounted registration fee.


Please print and fill out the registration section of the flyer; mail registration and fee to the address listed.

Traveling Archivist Program Continues to Assist North Carolina Repositories

[This blog post comes from Andrea Gabriel, Director of Outreach and Development for the State Archives of North Carolina]

Traveling Archivist Program Continues to Assist North Carolina Repositories 

North Carolina’s Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) provides consultation, training, and guidance to North Carolina repositories whose collections document North Carolina history and culture, whose collections are accessible to the public and may be at risk of due to deterioration, neglect, or damage. These repositories include historical and genealogical societies; public libraries; the archives of colleges, hospitals, and other organizations; museums; and other institutions throughout the state. TAP encourages best practices in the preservation of and access to special collections (rare books, manuscripts, archival records, photographs, oral histories, scrapbooks, newspapers, and ephemera).

The Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) began as a pilot program with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 2009. Since then, the TAP has helped over 60 North Carolina institutions by tailoring a program unique to each repository.   Once accepted into the program, the traveling archivist conducts a physical survey of the institutional collections to assess both preservation needs (storage conditions, security, environmental controls), and access tools (finding aids, inventories, indexes, or catalog records, etc.). The traveling archivist brings samples of conservation supplies and a supply catalog, the Manual of Basic Archival Practices, holds in-depth discussions with repository staff, provides staff training, and conducts workshops all onsite. Formal recommendations are submitted to the repository in a written final report.

Applications are solicited each spring and fall and are open to all North Carolina institutions who house archival materials.

North Carolina is fortunate; retired former State Archivist Dick Lankford is now the traveling archivist, replacing Dr. Hal Keiner.  New applications will be solicited in fall of 2013.

Workshop on Digital Preservation Cancelled

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

The Friends of the Archives workshop on digital preservation scheduled for the auditorium of the State Archives building at 9:00 on October 25 is cancelled.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you are currently scheduled, we will keep your name on file in case we decide to reschedule in the spring.

Upcoming Events and News at the State Archives

As you may have seen from previous posts, next week is North Carolina Archives Week. The State Archives has several events planned including:

  • Oct. 20 – Triangle Home Movie Day
  • Oct. 22, from 10:00-3:00 – Civil War to Civil Rights in North Carolina; a display documents and photographs relating to the Archives Week theme, “Journeys to Justice: Civil Rights in North Carolina.” This free event will be held on Monday in the State Archives Search Room at 109 East Jones Street.
  • Oct. 22, from 10:30-11:30 – Armchair Historians: tools you use at home or on the go; archivist Ashley Yandle guides you through online tools and social media including the State Archives’ catalog and the North Carolina Digital Collections. This free event will be held On Monday, October 22,  in the auditorium at 109 East Jones Street.
  • Oct. 25 – Workshop: Digitizing and Remote Sharing of Family Materials

We’d love for you to join us as we take part in this week-long celebration of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our state.

In other news:

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has started a new blog called “This Day in North Carolina History” dedicated to a day-to-day history of the people and places of the Tar Heel state. Several recent blog posts there have included items of interest to readers of this blog, including:

In recent news from the Government Records and Electronic Records Branches, as recorded on the G.S. 132 Files blog:

Friends of the Archives sponsors workshop on digital preservation

For those of you not familiar with the Friends of the Archives, this non-profit group does a lot to support the programming and operations of the State Archives of North Carolina.  Over the years the Friends, or FOA as they are often referred to, has funded conservation work on the treasures of the Archives, purchased private collections for the Archives, and provided valuable programming support to the Archives.  The FOA also holds periodic workshops on topics such as beginning genealogy.  If you aren’t already a member of the Friends of the Archives, I encourage you to join. Your $30 membership is tax-deductible.  Membership brochures are available in the Search Room and upon request.

During Archives Week in North Carolina the Friends of the Archives is sponsoring a workshop on the preservation of digital family papers.  If you have questions about how to manage your digital pictures or family papers, this is the place to start.   Preservation of digital photographs and best practices for managing and preserving files will be discussed. The workshop will also cover ways to share your digital family history.  The workshop will be held On October 25 from 9 a.m.-noon in the auditorium of the State Archives’ building at 109 East Jones Street.  Cost is $10, but FOA members get in free.  To register, simply call 919-807-7310 and reserve your space.

Are You Ready For Archives Week?

North Carolina Archives Week is an annual, week-long observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. The events are a celebration of the work that we and our organizations do, but it is also a time to raise public awareness about the important role archives play in their communities.

Archives Week in North Carolina is sponsored by the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) and will take place October 22-28th. This year’s theme is “Journeys to Justice: Civil Rights in North Carolina.”

Every year the State Archives takes part in North Carolina Archives Week, usually providing a series of lectures, exhibits, and other events. A flyer of this year’s events is available through our website or you can find the events on the Dept. of Cultural Resources events page.