Hickory – Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host a viewing party for the North Carolina Virtual Family History Fair on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10am – 2:00 pm.  The Livestream broadcast is a presentation of the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina and is sponsored by the Friends of the Archives.  Presentation schedule is as follows:

10:00a.m. “Genealogical Research at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.”  Library and Archives staff members will discuss the types of materials, collections, and services available at their respective repositories. Presented by North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina Staff.

11:00a.m. “Freedmen’s Bureau Records:  More Valuable to ALL Southern Research Than You Might Have Thought!” Many pertinent records are found in the Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Field Offices for the various states. It is very important to note that a common misunderstanding is that this record group only encompasses records of freed slaves. While it does contain records of freedmen, it includes a lot information about impoverished southern families, regardless of race. Presented by professional genealogist Diane L. Richard, principal of MosaicRPM.

Noon. “Online Research Tools from the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.” Discussion on online resources from both the Library and Archives such as the North Carolina Digital Collections as well as a few resources that you might find helpful from other institutions.  Presented by State Archives and Government and Heritage Library Staff.

1:00p.m. “Genealogy and Local History Collections.” Public libraries are a valuable resource when conducting local or family research. Join us for a panel discussion featuring local history and genealogy librarians from across North Carolina.

The Virtual Family History Fair viewing session is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.  For more information, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.  Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.