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History and Genealogy


Resources to help you research and understand local, national, and international history
and programs and information to help with family genealogy.

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Ancestry Library Edition: ProQuest has partnered with Ancestry.com to create Ancestry Library Edition, which is similar (but not identical) to the consumer version. Ancestry Library Edition is a research tool offering comprehensive international genealogical information, with more than 5 billion names in thousands of collections.
Access to this resource is granted on-site only to library computers and on personal devices connected to the library wifi.
Ancestry Library Edition Libguide: contains search tips, sample searches, tools, and additional materials

Sponsored by the Friends of the Burke County Public Library and the NC Room.

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NewsBank News Herald Collection: Search over 10 years of Morganton history with The News Herald Collection, from 2008 to today. Explore current and archived issues of The News Herald with full-text articles from 2008-2018 and full-color newspaper pages beginning in 2019.
Access is granted to on-site users and remote users with a valid library card.

The News Herald and additional early newspapers of Burke County, going back to 1876, are available on microfilm in the NC Room. Early area newspapers from 1876 to 1924 are also searchable online through NC Live with the Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection and are accessible with your valid NC library card. For more information about these resources, call 828-764-9266.

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Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection: Newspapers.com North Carolina Collection. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers from early 1800s to 1924. Browse entire papers and make clippings that can be shared and printed. Search family history, research businesses, look for obituaries, etc.This resource is accessed through NC Live. *

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HeritageQuest: A treasury of American genealogical sources: unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Includes historical census, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, and more. This resource is accessed through NC Live. *

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Documenting the American South: A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture, all available online. DocSouth includes books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. Brought to you by the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Digital NC: Explore the history and culture of North Carolina through original materials from cultural heritage repositories across the state. Includes Primary Documents, Photographs, and lots of other great information. Brought to you by North Carolina ECHO.

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NCpedia: NCpedia highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people and culture to enrich, educate and inform. The NCpedia project is coordinated and managed by the Government and Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources.

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Picture Burke: A growing collection of online photos, with information, about Burke County. Find People, Places, and Events from our local past!

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NC Live: History and Biography: A list of programs and databases having to do with history, biography, and genealogy. Includes Primary Source Databases and History ebooks. It's Free, through NC Live! *