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Research in Pasquotank County

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This week’s North Carolina County of the Week is Pasquotank County so I wanted to post some information about the county and doing research using county records.

Pasquotank County was created as a precinct in Albemarle County around 1668. Some sources vary about it it became an actual county – some sources say it became a county in 1668-1670, others say in 1681.  Counties that border present day Pasquotank County are Camden County to the north and east, the Albemarle Sound to the south, and Perquimans  County to the west. Camden County was formed from Pasquotank in 1777.

The closest early major migration route to Pasquotank County is the King’s Highway. The King’s Highway begins north in Boston, Massachusetts and ends in Charleston, South Carolina and runs through present-day Gates County just west of Pasquotank County.

The county seat is Elizabeth City, founded in 1793 as Redding, which changed to Elizabeth Town in 1794, and then Elizabeth City in 1801.

Many of the original records for Pasquotank County are located in the State Archives of North Carolina; however, many early records are missing for an unknown reason.  The Government and Heritage Library has some books and microfilm for Pasquotank County – view the catalog to see what books and microfilm our library has. Microfilm can be loaned to NC residents through their local libraries. Please contact your local public library about borrowing microfilm through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Not all records are located in the State Archives. Many land records and vital records, including birth and death certificates as well as marriage certificates after 1868 are located with the Pasquotank County Register of Deeds office. Pasquotank County Register of Deeds office also has another with many of the land records in a searchable database, but not the vital records. The website gives you information on how to contact them.

Read more about Pasquotank County at NCpedia.

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NC County of the Week: Pasquotank County

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The NC County of the Week for June 28-July 4, 2015 is Pasquotank County, NC!


Pasquotank County was formed in 1668 and named for the Native American tribe that lived in the area.

For more information on this county in north eastern NC along the Albemarle Sound, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board for Pasquotank 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 Pasquotank 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.


State Docs Pick of the Week : North Carolina jobs plan : recommended strategies for economic growth 2014-2024

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The North Carolina Economic Development Board has been working on a North Carolina Jobs Plan to aid North Carolina in nc jobs planrecovering its economy.

They have released a plan titled North Carolina Jobs Plan : Recommended Strategies for Economic Growth 2014-2024.

Within the NC Economic Development Board, they have created eight working teams and this report contains some of the findings and strategies that these teams are working on, the eight teams are: Targeted Clusters and Branding, Business Climate, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Talent and Retiree Attraction, Education and Workforce Development, Rural Prosperity, Community Development, and Delivery of Services and Metrics.

It is important for the public to see that North Carolina is on a course for economic comeback. These reports are a  great way to see the progress and the action that is being taken to contribute to the “Carolina Comeback”.

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

New Additions to NCpedia, North Carolina’s Online Encyclopedia!

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New Additions to NCpedia, North Carolina’s Online Encyclopedia!

Too hot to be outside in this June’s record heat in North Carolina?  Hang out inside and take a virtual tour of the state with NCpedia — and check out these new resources:

Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places, in

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Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places

This addition provides a gateway  to browseable collections of selected NCpedia resources on a variety of topics related to North Carolina geography, including: North Carolina counties, Geography & Climate, North Carolina Historic Places, North Carolina Historic Maps, Settlement History, and the N.C. Gazetteer (a searchable index of more than 20,000 place names).

The Yeopim Indians — from NCpedia content partner the Research Branch at the NC Office of Archives and History.

United States Colored Troops: Fighting for Freedom – from NCpedia content partner, the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

North Carolina Civil War Flags – from NCpedia content partner, the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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North Carolina Flight First:  John Harris Hang Glides from Grandfather Mountain


Kelly Agan, Digital Librarian, N.C. Government & Heritage Library

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