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NC County of the Week: Warren County

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The NC County of the Week for May 24-30, 2015 is Warren County, NC! 

map of North Carolina with Warren County shaded in blue

Warren County was created in 1779 from Bute County. Bute County was abolished in 1779 an divided into Warren County and Franklin County. The county was named after Revolutionary Patriot Joseph Warren, who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

For more information on this county on the NC/VA border, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board for Warren County where we’ll showcase a range of historic images!

Stay with us this week for snapshots of the people, history, culture,  geography, and natural heritage of Warren County.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library, our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources, and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw.




Library Closing: Memorial Day

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The Government and Heritage Library (including Genealogical Services) will be closed Saturday, May 23rd  through Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26th,8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

State Docs Pick of the Week : 2014 Employer Needs Survey

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employer needs surveyThe job market today is a very tricky beast for many employers and potential employees. To identify and adapt to these challenges, both old and new, the N.C. Department of Commerce has conducted a survey of North Carolina employers.

The 2014 Employer Needs Survey was produced in collaboration by the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards and Labor & Economic Analysis Division, North Carolina Department of Commerce for the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development.

This survey talks about the difficulties and complexities that employers have when it comes to hiring new employees in North Carolina. To better understand these difficulties and complexities the N.C. LEAD division and the State’s Workforce Development Boards collaborated together and created and conducted a survey of employment needs.

This survey consisted of 800 public and private sector employers with between 10 and 499 employees, of which were randomly selected based on the state’s industry mix and geography.

The overall goal of this survey was to try and provide data on employer needs so that steps can be taken to create policies and strategies to better support the workforce development system in North Carolina.

This survey contains many different graphs and visuals to help explain and understand the difficult situations that employers are in and helps to paint a picture of what can be done to help. Some of the conclusions are very interesting and may not be what you expected, give it a read and see what you think.

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

Substitutes for Death Certificates

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North Carolina began to require the use of death certificates on a statewide bases in 1913, but for many of us who are researching before that time, where do we look?  There are many other types of records can indirectly prove the death of an ancestor.

Examples include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Family Bible records
  • Headstones, cemetery records, and funeral home records
  • Obituaries and newspaper articles
  • church records
  • military records (especially pensions)
  • mortality schedule of the U.S. census (1850-1880)
  • wills and estate records

See our library’s handout on Substitutes for Vital Records


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