How to Track Your Family’s History During Live Webcast tomorrow

Published 1:51 pm Friday, October 14, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – Learn more about who your ancestors were during a virtual Family History Fair live webcast Saturday, Oct. 15. This how-to event is presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina. The fair celebrates links to our heritage and offers presentations on online tools, records and local and state repositories for genealogical research.

This marks the first year the event will move online. The fair will be streamed via a free online webcast at and at public libraries throughout North Carolina where participants will be able to view the sessions as part of a group. No registration is required for participation.

Participating library locations from across North Carolina include the following:

  • Katharine L. Boyd Library (Sandhills Community College), Pinehurst, N.C.
  • George H. & Laura E. Brown Library, Washington, N.C.
  • Burke County Public Library (Morganton Branch), Morganton, N.C.
  • Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro, N.C.
  • Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center (Headquarters Library), Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Gaston County Public Library (Main Branch), Gastonia, N.C.
  • Hickory Public Library (Main Branch), Hickory, N.C.
  • New Hanover County Public Library (Main Branch), Wilmington, N.C.
  • North Carolina Government and Heritage Library, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Pender County Public Library (Main Branch), Burgaw, N.C.
  • Person County Public Library, Oxford, N.C.
  • Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room (Main Branch: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library), Charlotte, N.C.
  • Wake County Libraries (Olivia Raney Local History Library), Raleigh, N.C.
  • Watauga County Public Library, Boone, N.C.
  • Wayne County Public Libraries (Goldsboro Public Library), Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Wayne County Public Library (Steele Memorial Library), Mt. Olive, N.C.

The day of streaming presentations begins at 10 a.m. with Library and Archives staff discussing genealogical research at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.

Next at 11 a.m. professional genealogist and principal of MosaicRPM, Diane L. Richard will present “Freedmen’s Bureau Records: More Valuable to ALL Southern Research Than You Might Have Thought!” Richard will discuss the importance of these records, addressing the common misunderstanding that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves.

Library and Archives staff will present again at noon on “Online Research Tools from the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.” The discussion includes resources from both the Library and Archives such as the North Carolina Digital Collections as well as a few helpful resources from other institutions.

The final presentation at 1 p.m. will be a panel discussion featuring local history and genealogy librarians from across North Carolina.

For more information, please contact North Carolina State Library staff at slnc.reference@ncdcr.govor (919) 807-7460.

This event is presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina and sponsored by the Friends of the Archives. All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to

experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or

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