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Looking for fun (and free) events to start the New Year? The GHL will be kicking off the new decade with an array of exciting events and may even be visiting a city near you soon! Check out the events that are coming over the next few months.

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Marriage records are a very important vital record to family history researchers, but those enslaved ancestors who were married while enslaved often left no record of the marriage. Cohabitation records are a great resource to prove the marriages of enslaved ancestors who were freed after the Civil War.

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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.

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