Local History and Genealogy

 

Electronic Resources

Use Ancestry to find census, birth, marriage, death, and military, and immigration records.  Our subscription is limited to users inside the library.

Use HeritageQuest to find U.S. Census, Revolutionary War, and Freeman's Bank records, as well as genealogy and local history periodical articles.  You can access HeritageQuest from inside the library or at home.  For at-home access, click the link above, select Caldwell County Public from the drop-down menu, and enter your library card number in the barcode field. 

 

Web Resources

Click here for a list of selected Web resources for genealogists.

 

North Carolina History Room

In our North Carolina History Room we have a great deal to offer the genealogist and local history researcher. 

  • Lenoir News-Topic from 1875 to present

    • Click here for an index to News-Topic articles written by local historian and curator of the Caldwell Heritage Museum, John O. Hawkins.

  • Family files contributed by local researchers

  • Microfilm readers and printers

  • Periodicals

  • Vertical Files with a great deal of local history information compiled by local researchers. 

  • County records for birth, marriage, and death
  • Maps - Current, Historical, and USGS Topo Maps
  • City Directories
    • The library maintains the current Polk City Directory for the local area. 
    • Click here for online access to historic city directories for Lenoir through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

 

Obituary Requests

You may request obituaries by phone, email, or mail. All inquiries by mail must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope and will be filled as time allows.

An initial single name obituary search will be done at no charge. For multiple requests, we ask for a donation of $5. Please provide as much detailed information as possible with your request.

Phone:  828-757-1270

Email:  ftate@caldwellcountync.org

Mail:  120 Hospital Ave NE

         Lenoir, NC 28645

 

Caldwell County

The Caldwell Heritage Museum, housed in the last remaining building of Davenport College at 112 Vaiden Street in Lenoir, hosts permanent and rotating exhibits featuring the history of Caldwell County. Their website provides links to historical sites, organizations, and genealogical resources in Caldwell and surrounding counties.

 

Genealogy Research: Because of time constraints and limited staff, the Reference Department is unable to do more than obituary or simple article searches. For more detailed genealogical or historical requests, we can provide you with contact information with a local researcher.

 

Lenoir Library
120 Hospital Avenue
Lenoir, NC 28645


Telephone
828-757-1270

Fax
828-757-1413


Hours of Operation
Mon-Wed-Fri
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 AM to 8:30 PM


Saturday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Granite Falls Library
24 South Main St.
Granite Falls, NC 28630

Telephone
828-396-7703


Hours of Operation
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Wednesday
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
(closed 1:00 to 2:00 Mon-Fri for lunch)

Saturday
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Hudson Library
530 Central Street
Hudson, NC 28638

Telephone
828-728-4207


Hours of Operation
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Wednesday
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
(closed 1:00 to 2:00 Mon-Fri for lunch)


Saturday
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM