Fact Finder: North Carolina History

March 10, 2010 

North Carolina has a rich and proud history. Here you'll find some sites that will help get you started on learning more about North Carolina's history -- and perhaps even your own!

About North Carolina's History
The North Carolina Office of Archives and History
Information on historic sites, museums, records and resources - you'll find a ton of information here.

The North Carolina Encyclopedia
The State Library of North Carolina's collection of information on communities, people, and geography of our state.

The North Carolina History Project
This project, by the John Locke Foundation, sponsors lectures by leading historians, and the website has a state encyclopedia and resources for educators.

The North Carolina Museum of History
The museum, located in downtown Raleigh, has fascinating permanent exhibits (the Workshop of "Carbine" Williams!), but also hosts exciting changing exhibits like "Mysteries of the Lost Colony" from The British Museum. You'll also find the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame here.

About Your Own History
The State Library of North Carolina
Without a doubt, this is the place to begin your genealogy research. Not only do they have a premier collection of records and resources, they can also tell you how to get started.

The NCGenWeb Project,
Part of the USGenWeb Project, this is an excellent resource. You can email them with questions and use their site to do statewide or countywide name searches.

This is the site hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has the largest collection of free genealogy records in the world.

Genealogy Today
There's decent list of North Carolina genealogy resources here, including information on researching adoption.

The Social Security Death Index
If you don't have the dates of birth or dates of death of your ancestors, you can most likely get them here. Over 80 million names are in this free database.

Required Reading
North Carolina: A History by William S. Powell
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, this is the history of the Tar Heel State.

Ghosts of 1898
A News & Observer special project on The Wilmington Race Riots


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