Local History & Genealogy

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The Dare County Libraries offer many print and digital resources of interest to genealogists and also pertaining to the rich and unique history of our area.

IN PRINT

The Manteo and Hatteras Libraries have North Carolina Reference collections of books and other materials that cannot be borrowed from the libraries, nor sent to another library for in-house use. This means if you see a title in our online catalog with a “NC REF” notation by the call number, you will need to go to the owning library to view it.

The Manteo Library also contains the Gregory Williams Outer Banks Genealogy Collection, which was donated to the library by Gregory Wilson Williams’ parents Cary Trafton Williams and Hilda (Austin) Williams. This collection consists of hundreds of family name pedigree charts, over sixty books and journals, correspondence, and numerous county government and federal census records of Camden, Pasquotank, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, and Carteret counties that pertain to Outer Banks family names including births, marriages, deaths, pensions, wills, and estates. The bulk of his research covers the mid-1700s to mid-1990s.

ONLINE

The Dare County Libraries offer two commercial databases, and our own online collection of historical materials.

Dare County Digital Heritage Collection

The Dare County Digital Heritage Collection contains an online digital archive and searchable index covering over 70 years of past issues of the Dare County Times (1935-1945) and The Coastland Times (1951-2009) newspapers that document life on the Outer Banks, North Carolina during this historic period. Funding for this project is from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Dare County Library and through an agreement between Times Printing Company, Inc. (publisher of the Dare County Times and The Coastland Times newspapers) and the Dare County Library.

The Dare County Digital Heritage collection also includes an online digital archive and searchable index of typed pages of family name genealogy contained in the Gregory Williams Outer Banks Genealogy Collection and the award-winning student magazine, Sea Chest, that covers Hatteras Island culture and history.

HERITAGE QUEST

Beginning or professional genealogists can access original page images for all documents - a collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and U.S. census records.

HeritageQuest can be accessed from any home office or work computer. You will need your 14-digit Dare County Library card number in order to access HeritageQuest from outside the library.

ANCESTRY - LIBRARY EDITION

Beginning or professional genealogists can access Ancestry.com - the largest collection of family histories on the Web. Also includes U.S. census records, genealogy links, family trees, and printable family tree chart forms. Ancestry - Library Edition can only be used at a library Internet computer, it cannot be accessed from home or office.

WEBLINKS

Under our Regional library homepage you will find a wide variety of informational links.