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Looking for your family? You just might find them at Lenoir Community College.

Heritage Place is a special collection of genealogical materials located in an annex of the Learning Resources Center at LCC. The small collection outgrew its space in the library and a room was built in 1988 to allow for growth.

Features of the collection include microfilmed census records from 1790 to 1930, county records for 27 North Carolina counties, cemetery surveys, Civil War information, and family histories.

Heritage Place subscribes to Ancestry.com which includes census records, birth, death, and marriage records. Ancestry.com also contains international records, military collections, and family trees submitted by others. NCLIVE includes census records, Revolutionary War records and Freedman’s Bank records.

Ancestry.com and NCLIVE are subscribed to by the Learning Resources Center so patrons can have free access to these databases while in Heritage Place. These databases are an invaluable resource and are also used by patrons who love to help newcomers with their search.

Friends of Heritage Place constantly research at archives in Raleigh and bring in copies of original documents to add to the collection.

The Heritage Genealogical Society meets in Heritage Place the second Thursday of every month and welcomes new members. Networking is a wonderful way to find out more about your family.

“You never know who else may be researching the same surname,” said Ranita Gaskins. “It is a great place to network and share information.”

Heritage Place is not only unique to the community college system, but is unique to eastern North Carolina. As such it attracts visitors from across the United States as well as internationally.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff is always on hand to provide new genealogists with the help they need along with forms and charts for documentation. “We enjoy working one-on-one with researchers,” Gaskins said.

Heritage Place contains displays and artifacts donated by various citizens of Lenoir and other counties. Some of our artifacts were donated by the Blizzard and Kelly families and give insight into life on the farm in days gone by. Plows and millstones tell the story of farm life; looms and spinning wheels picture life indoors on the farm.

Confederate money, a stoneware crock and a musket ramrod were found at nearby Civil War battlefields. An authentic replica of a tobacco barn built and donated by Luther Ledford has attracted a lot of attention by those who “worked in tobacco” when growing up.

Visitors can also view a facsimile of Christopher Columbus’ own “Book of Privileges 1502” that was donated by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Page.

Even though Heritage Place was established to serve Greene, Lenoir and Jones counties, the center has an extensive collection of books on Virginia and Ancestry.com gives patrons access to other states and counties as well.

For more information, please contact:
Richard Garafolo

Director of Learning Resources Center
Learning Resources Center (Building 5)
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 504
Fax: (252) 233-6879
Email: rmgarafolo48@lenoircc.edu