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     Carteret County Public Library will be promoting genealogical and local history resources during October, which is Family History Month. There will be a display of helpful “getting started” books that may be checked out, such as Who Do You Think You Are? by Megan Smolenyak and Scrapbooking Your Family History by Maureen Alice Taylor. Also on display will be a newsletter highlighting the local African-American history research treasures at Carteret County Public Library, created by library staff. Researchers and enthusiasts are also encouraged to browse the library's reference genealogy and local history collection, including the Ethel T. Elliot Genealogical Collection.
    Special thanks to Friends of Carteret County Public Library who have provided the funds for a second Konica-Minolta Digital Microform Reader-Printer that reads and prints from microfiche, jackets, aperture cards, 16 mm & 35 mm roll film, and 16 mm film cartridges that may be printed or saved to a flash drive.

Digital Microform Reader

     Along with the Reader, a second research-only, dedicated genealogy and local history research computer and flatbed scanner have been purchased. This is a much needed addition to the reference area. The equipment is expected to be installed in mid-October, just in time for Family History Month.
     Online resources include access to HeritageQuest, the Carteret County Public Library Genealogy and Local History Collection catalog, the Ethel T. Elliot Genealogical Collection finding aid database, and a list of genealogy websites recommended by library staff.  A great way to get started with family history research is by visiting the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources website at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy/gettingstarted.html or the National Genealogical Society website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/getting_started.