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NCpedia, North Carolina’s Online Encyclopedia, is Getting a New Look! Help us test a preview!

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NCpedia Redesign New Home Page. Click on the image for a preview.

NCpedia Redesign New Home Page. Click on the image for a preview.

The Government & Heritage Library is excited to announce that NCpedia is getting a new look!  And we would like viewers to help us test a preview!

NCpedia will still have the same great content and features, no changes there. The redesign gives the site an entirely new look and feel, with enhanced features for browsing and discovery.

Over the past five years NCpedia has undergone tremendous growth, all thanks to the contributions of many contributors and content partners that have included:  the University of North Carolina Press, the Research Branch of North Carolina’s Office of Archives and History, the North Carolina Museum of History and the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, the University of North Carolina libraries, and many, many others.

This incredible growth prompted us to evaluate many aspects of the website, including its “look and feel”, responsiveness, and discovery features. We’ve come up with an all new design and it’s now in the test phase.  Please visit the new site, explore its features and share with us what you think by completing a short, anonymous survey.  You’ll find a link to the survey at the top of the home page (just click on the text). The survey will remain open until 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 11, 2016.  And the new site will go “live” soon!

NCpedia is managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library and is hosted online by NC LIVE.  To learn more about NCpedia, please visit the site’s “About NCpedia” page.

Thanks for your help with making NCpedia better!!

— Kelly Agan, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

Your Ancestor’s “Fan” Club

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image of a red brick wall

October is Family Heritage Month! Many researchers run into brick walls with their research. There are different methods we can use to break down those brick walls. One such method is finding and using your ancestor’s FAN Club.

Like you, each of your ancestors had a FAN Club.  Your ancestor’s FAN Club was made of his Family and Friends, his Associates and his Neighbors.  The records left by these close contemporaries of your ancestor may contain the key to breaking down your own family history brick walls.


State Doc Pick of the Week : ReVisions

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ReVisions title pageReVisions is a publication from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke that contains the “finest nonfiction work composed by undergraduate students” at UNCP.

The publication is copy edited, designed, and produced by students at UNCP and the essays can cover topics in any field of study offered at UNCP. The essays submitted must be nonfiction and they must be nominated by a UNCP faculty member. This publication is produced annually, in the spring.

There are a wide variety of topics covered. If you browse through a few issues and check the table of contents, there is surely something there that may interest you or someone you know. It is also a great way to see the quality of work that exceptional students are doing.

You can view, download, print, and save this publication here.

State Doc Pick of the Week : 2016 Judicial Voting Guide

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judicial voting guide imageThe North Carolina State Board of Elections released a 2016 Judicial Voting Guide to assist voters in the judicial elections this year.

This guide covers: election law changes, voting options, candidates for judicial positions in North Carolina, candidate statements, county board of election office information, information about the State Board of Elections, and more.

This is a great guide to help acclimate the people of North Carolina to the people running for the N.C. Supreme Court and the N.C. Court of Appeals. Looking through the candidates information and their statements may help you decide who you might vote for in the upcoming election.

You can view, download, print, and save this document here.

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