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Court records are very important to research, especially in the 1700s and 1800s as many things went through the court. Bought land? It was proved in court. Died? Will and estate records were proved in court. These are just a few examples. In North Carolina, only 32 of 100 counties have no missing records. 36 had courthouse fires and 32 more counties have missing records for unknown reasons. That means just a bit over two-thirds of North Carolina counties has missing records. Despite the fires and missing records, it is important to remember there are other types of records that may be able to help you. A courthouse fire does not equate a total loss of records for the county. It is a good idea to examine all records that do exist.

In several recent blog posts, we highlighted some books with connections to North Carolina for middle-grade readers.

The Government & Heritage Library received permission to publish text from the Spanish translation of The Old North State Fact Book (Revised 6th Edition), called Libro de Hechos de El Viejo Estado del Norte, in NCpedia. The book provides a brief history of North Carolina as well as information on the state symbols en español. The book is divided up into 41 individual NCpedia articles.

Two new collections from the State Library of North Carolina are available in the North Carolina Digital Collections (—Architectural Survey Reports and Daily Bulletin.

More than 80,000 state employees work diligently for the State of North Carolina in 178 different state agencies. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached North Carolina, many state employees found themselves working in drastically different situations and environments, many even teleworking from home. Here at the Government & Heritage Library (GHL), we understand the importance of having accessible resources available to help you provide the best service to the public in these trying times. To assist with the research endeavors state employees across North Carolina engage in to help keep our great state running, the GHL is proud to announce the State Employee Research Guide (!

The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) is the official repository for North Carolina publications produced by state government. This extensive collection—more than 100,000 volumes of print and digital government publications—dates from the late 18th century up to the present day.