Find your family at Heritage Place
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 at 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
Heritage Place subscribes to Ancestry.com which includes census records, birth, death, and
marriage records. Ancestry.com also contains international recrods, 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
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
"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
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 Priveleges 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 about Heritage Place, call 252-527-6223, ext. 508 or stop by and
view the collection.