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Genealogy and History

Genealogy and History

Research Help

Research Help

The W. Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Research Collection staff is able to investigate specific research requests, but is limited as to the amount of time spent on each request. We are unable to do extensive or intensive research. Please email or call us with your question and we will be happy to explain what information we might have within our collection. 910-259-1906

Except for the most cursory research, a charge of $10 will be assessed for 30 minutes of time spent on a request. This charge will include up to 20 photocopies if such information is discovered. Research will commence and photocopies will be sent by mail once payment has been received. Research may take several weeks. Checks should be made payable to Pender County Public Library and sent to:

Pender County Public Library Research
W. Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Research Collection
PO Box 879
Burgaw, NC 28457

Examples of answerable queries:

  • Please send copies of the will or estate papers for Col. Pender who died in Pender County ca. 1810.
  • I would like copies of the 1870 North Carolina census index for all Herrings.
  • I would like copies of pages 50-57 of the book, Carolina Cradle.
  • Do you have information about the Millers and Caubles in your collection? [We will answer this and try to give an idea of how much there is.]
  • Do you have a marriage bond for Brice, John and Elizabeth ? between 1785 and 1800? [We would consult our marriage bonds and send copies.]

Examples of queries that are too broad:

  • Give me everything you have on the Bloodworth family.
  • My grandfather, J. Smith, was born in Pender County in the 1870s, can you provide my family history?
  • I am researching the Pender line. Please send background information on the Pender’s of Pender County.

Examples of queries that are too intensive:

  • My ancestor, John Smith, was involved in a court dispute in the fall of 1891. Please check the newspapers and court records for any mention of the case.

Additional options:

The following membership organizations will answer and/or publish one query a year per member. Please contact them for more information.

The sources below will respond to brief queries. Your local library will have addresses of libraries, historical and genealogical societies throughout North America.