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State Docs Pick of the Week : Air Quality Color Guide

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Air Quality Color GuideThis Air Quality Color Guide is produced by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, a part of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The guide came out it in 2015 and explains air quality and the color system used to determine if the air quality is good or bad at a given time. The guide has a nice chart of the air quality color system and explains the parameters and guidelines for each color.

This guide also gives you tips on air care for the environment, how air quality affects health, who is at risk, how to protect your health, and how to get the daily air quality forecast.

You can view, download, print, and save this guide here.

Research in Abolished Counties: Clarendon, 1664-1667

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North Carolina in 1664.

If your ancestors came to North Carolina in the 1600s, there is a good chance they lived in an abolished county at some point. Most of the abolished or abandoned counties were created by 1700; Clarendon, one of three original counties, was one of those counties and was created in 1664. In three short years, it was abandoned.

For genealogy researchers, we are taught when boundaries change and new counties are formed that records created in the original or parent county are found there rather than the new county, but what about with abolished or abandoned counties? In the case of Clarendon County, records no longer exist, at least not within the state. It is possible records may exist in England. Rather than focus on the records, this post will focus on the county’s history and how other counties were formed from Clarendon.


State Doc Pick of the Week : NC Career Clusters Guide

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NC Career Clusters Guide title pageThe North Carolina Career Clusters Guide is a guide “designed to be a tool that targets the career pathways needed to meet educational and employment goals”. It was produced by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Community College System.

This guide was created primarily for students, parents, counselors, faculty, and career changers. The guide covers: how to use the guide, discovering your career interests, clusters and their pathways, gaining career-related experience, experiencing real jobs, exploring the job market, and more.

The clusters are designed in a way that organize more than 900 careers. There are 16 clusters where each cluster is made up of occupations which require similar knowledge and skills.

Check out the guide to discover the 16 career clusters and take a look at the “Interest Profiler” self-assessment tool to identify which occupations may interest you.

You can view, download, print, and save this guide here.

November is Native American Heritage Month!

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North Carolina Museum of History American Indian Heritage Celebration website. Click here for more information, schedule of events, and videos from previous years.

North Carolina Museum of History American Indian Heritage Celebration website. Click here for more information, schedule of events, and videos from previous years.

November is Native American Heritage Month.  And if you happen to be near Raleigh this weekend, visit the North Carolina Museum of History’s 21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration. The festival includes musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s tribal communities.  Visit and learn about the state’s American Indian culture! To see a schedule of the day’s events (and a preview from photos and video of past years’ celebrations), visit this page:

Efforts to honor American Indians with a national commemoration began more than a century ago. Arthur Caswell Parker, an historian, anthropologist and member of the Seneca Nation, was the first American Indian to hold the post of Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, and he was a vocal advocate of citizenship rights for Native Americans and the adoption of national commemorative day.  Parker was a founder of the Society of American Indians and the National Congress of American Indians.  At Parker’s urging, the Boy Scouts of America observed a day for American Indians for a few years during the early decades of the 20th century.

And then in 1915, the National Congress of American Indians approved a plan to authorize its president, the Rev. Sherman Coolidge, a member of the Arapahoe Nation, to ask the U.S. Congress to honor an American Indian Day. President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation on September 28, 1915 declaring the second Saturday of May as American Indian Day. The following year, New York proclaimed the second Saturday in May as American Indian Day.  Other states joined the effort at various times throughout the 20th century, designating a special day, although not always in May, to celebrate the heritage and contributions to the nation of American Indians.

In 1976, the U.S. Congress authorized President Gerald Ford to proclaim a week in October as Native American Awareness Week.  Since that time, the President and Congress have issued annual proclamations for the observance.  In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint Congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month, and similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994.  This year, on October 31, President Obama declared November as National Native American Heritage Month.

Today, the state of North Carolina is home to more than 100,000 persons who are American Indians.  You can learn about North Carolina’s tribal communities by visiting the North Carolina Commission of Indians Affairs at:

— Kay Tillotson, Genealogical Research Librarian, Government & Heritage Library

For more information on the history of honoring American Indians, American Indian tribes, and North Carolina’s American Indian tribes and heritage, visit these resources:

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