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Genealogy Databases and Pathfinders

Databases and Pathfinders

CCPL African-American and Black Heritage Collection

The Currituck County Public Library is dedicated to providing resources for those researchers interested in learning about the history and heritage of the Black community in Currituck County. Attached at the bottom of this page you will find a brochure detailing the resources and databases available in this collection which can assist you on your genealogy journey.

 

CCPL Guide to African-American and Black Heritage Genealogy

Although challenging, finding African American ancestors is not (as is often thought to be the case) always impossible. In many respects, the general process of African American genealogy is no different than any other kind of genealogy; start with yourself and work backwards, generation by generation. The key to success here is understanding that you may be looking for records that differ from those you would first turn to in conventional genealogical practice. Where to look for them, what type of records to look for, and how to apply the rules of evidence evaluation are critical to the process. While by no means exhaustive, this 9-page guide (attached below) is intended to help you get started on your search.

 

Currituck County NC Research Guide  

If you are diving deep into your family history and you've got roots in Currituck, our Currituck County NC Research Guide will be especially helpful to you. Our Genealogy Specialist has curated this index of databases, records, and various other resources in order to help you hone in on your research.

Here's just some of what is included:

  • Various local records types (vital, land, property, court, probate, etc), with the time periods covered and where to find them;
  • Databases maintained by the Currituck County Library (including African American and Black Heritage collections, Bible records, obituaries, and more);
  • Census enumeration districts;
  • A listing of local churches;
  • Resources for finding maps, newspapers, and military records;
  • Local and regional research facilities, with contact information;
  • Currituck-specific resources (with dates covered) that can be found at FamilySearch.org;
  • Finding aids for our special collections;
  • An index to our vertical files.