January 22, 2022

North Carolina: State Preserves Trove of Digitized Lore

From the NewsObserver.com:

History and genealogy fans who overwhelmed federal computer systems at Monday’s release of the 1940s U.S. Census data will find easier going in the history-rich North Carolina Digital Collections.

Tar Heel images contained in the online collection range from downtown Raleigh storefronts decorated for a 1930s Christmas to family milestones recorded in centuries-old Bibles. The resource hasn’t gotten the 37 million hits that overwhelmed the National Archives site, but it has gone from 20,000 views monthly when it debuted in 2009 to 150,000 views monthly.

“We have a fantastic collection of genealogical records,” said Lisa Gregory, digital projects liaison at the State Library, part of the Department of Cultural Resources. “Anytime that someone wrote down birth and death dates in their front of their Bible, we have a huge collection of those to explore.

“We have grown by leaps and bounds,” Gregory said. “We get almost daily feedback from users who say how thankful they are that we could help them find someone.”
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.