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Welcome to the Genealogy/North Carolina Room at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library's Genealogy/North Carolina Room provides resources for patrons in researching local history, regional history, and genealogy.  An extensive collection of volumes provides information both on historical records of North Carolina and its counties, and on the areas from which Catawba County ancestors migrated. Other volumes focus on specific family genealogies, histories of Catawba County and other North Carolina areas, church histories, changes in education, histories of local sports programs, and studies of historic Hickory architecture. Print materials include genealogical society journals, local newspaper clippings, scrapbooks created by Hickory citizens, minutes from community organizations, yearbooks from some local schools, and personal histories written by local citizens. These materials help researchers understand how the community evolved since its inception. They offer insight into the activities of yesterday, the contributions of our ancestors, and every day life in the past. Maps, microfilm, CDs, and on-line resources supplement the print collection.

Materials in the Genealogy/North Carolina Room must be used in the room, but duplicate copies of some books are in the circulating collection. Many of the items are fragile and require special treatment. Food, drink, ink, and rough handling risk permanent damage to items in the collection. We ask that patrons supervise children visiting in the room to ensure that they use materials appropriately.

From the Hickory Public Library website, patrons can access a number of resources:

  • HeritageQuest online through NC LIVE
  • America's Genealogy Bank
  • An index to the vertical files in the Genealogy/North Carolina Room
  • An index to obituaries published in the Hickory Daily Record
  • Funeral records from Shuford Funeral Home
  • Knox County, Tennessee Death Records 1914-1925
  • List of microfilm titles housed in the Genealogy/North Carolina Room

Researchers can access Ancestry on computers housed in the Genealogy/North Carolina Room.  Patrons with Hickory Public Library cards can use Ancestry on computers in the Reference Department.

The Genealogy/North Carolina Room is open to patrons during library hours.

African-American Heritage
Search historical records for African-Americans, such as census, marriage, and military service records, as well as registers of slave and freed persons of color -- and more.

Ancestry  (in-library use only)

DigitalNC (Hickory city directories, yearbooks & business vertical files)

Funeral Records from Shuford Funeral Home, 1908-1957

HeritageQuest (through NC LIVE)

Fold 3 - History & Genealogy Archives

Digital Library on American Slavery

Index of Obituaries published in the Hickory Daily Record, 1915 - 1989

Knox County, TN Death Records, 1914 --1920
(posted with permission from copyright holder Brenda Messer, April 2006)

Knox County, TN Death Records, 1921-1925
(posted with permission from copyright holder Brenda Messer, April 2006)
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Microfilm in the Genealogy/North Carolina Room

Vertical Files (news clipping)
Catawba County
General Information