If you are like a lot of people, you either dislike going to a new repository or you go and miss some of the important things that you need because you didn’t realize they was there. Well, NCGS has solved those predicaments for you when you come to Raleigh for the NGS Family History Conference in May.
NCGS has created a free webinar to answer your questions: “How a Genealogist Uses the State Archives of NC and the State Library of NC” by Diane L. Richard, editor of the NCGS Journal. Under the “Education and Events” menu, choose “Webinars”, then scroll down the page to find “Use the State Archives of NC Webinar”.
Diane starts by showing the outside of the building and explains where to park your car (hint: it’s across the street) or where to catch the free R-Line. She then walks you into the building explaining the stop to check in, then visits the state library before moving up to the archives. She explains what you need to do at each step and includes directions (turn left, etc.), where couches are so you can rest, where bathrooms are, which paper slip you fill in to request items in the archives, how the library and archives are laid out, and what types of materials are available. Diane shows multiple screen shots of searches in both locations that help you find what you need and she further explains that you can do a lot of those searches online before you get to Raleigh.
Watching this webinar is an hour well spent in preparation of your visit, especially if it is your first trip to Raleigh. Even for those who have been to the state library and archives a number of times, there is something new you might pick up from this webinar. Best of all, the webinar is free.
The conference will be held Wednesday through Saturday, 10-13 May. The State Archives of North Carolina and the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library, which is part of the State Library of North Carolina, will have extended hours during the conference week. More information about the extended hours for both the archives and the library can be found in the NGS conference blog article, “North Carolina Government and Heritage Library”.