Independence Day ClosingsMost DCR historic sites and museums will be closed Friday, July 3, but open on Saturday, July 4. Schedules vary, so call ahead. The State Archives, State Library and all administrative offices will be closed Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

Cultural Resources' Family History Fair

Discover Your Family's Past at the Cultural Resources Family History Fair Oct. 25

Here's what to look forward to at this year's fair:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: “Preserving Family Documents State Archives’ Collections Management Branch Head Jennifer Blomberg and Conservator Emily Rainwater will be available to answer questions and also provide resources for preserving, protecting and caring for family papers and photographs.  
  • 10 a.m.: “Grants in North Carolina before 1776” will include a discussion on royal and proprietary land grants in North and South Carolina. Presented by Dr. A.B. Pruitt. 
  • 11:30 a.m.: “Road, Bridge and Ferry Records: a New Path in Genealogy Research” Road, bridge and ferry records in the State Archives provide an amazingly detailed resource for family research. For example, county ferry records will identify land owners that may not be identified any other way. These records list areas of river crossings and indicate old roads and train routes. Presented by Stewart Dunaway.
  • Door Prizes: including a one-year World Explorer subscription to, a certificate for a one-year subscription to, a certificate to a one-year subscription to and a copy of Family Tree Maker brought to you by
  • Visit with vendors all day long

Admission to the fair is FREE, and programming will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Archives & History/State Library Building in downtown Raleigh. This program is sponsored by the State Archives, the State Library of North Carolina and the Friends of the Archives.

Click here for information on parking and here for directions. Call (919) 807-7450.