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State Doc Pick of the Week: General Industry Basic Safety and Health Management Program

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LaborAs Labor Day approaches we’ll focus on the health and safety of workers in North Carolina industry. The North Carolina Department of Labor wants to help citizens find ways to create and maintain safe workplaces. This guide from the Department of Labor is designed to help employers develop basic safety and health programs in their work operations. It contains best practice guidelines for policies, rules, record keeping, accident investigations, safety programs and a comprehensive safety inspection checklist.

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Interviews with Library Staff – Demographics and Reference Librarian

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photograph of Beth Hayden

This week’s interview is with Beth Hayden, the Demographics and Reference Librarian. I like to refer to her as the Census Librarian, but her work involves a lot more than just the Census. She can often be seen at the Genealogy reference desk as well as the main reference desk for GHL.


Q (Erin Bradford). What is your role in the Government & Heritage Library?

A.  I am the Demographics and Reference Librarian.  I provide data assistance to researchers in education, business, nonprofits, and state and local government.


Q. How does you position relate to Genealogy, if at all?

A. I often work in the Genealogy Research Room to help cover the desk and provide public assistance. Although I have a lot to learn, I am in a unique position because I work with both parts of the US Census: the numbers provided by the US Census, as well as the names used by genealogists.


Q. Is there a particular aspect of genealogy that you are interested in?

AI am interested in the history of Census enumeration.  Mainly what social forces were at work that influenced the results of the Census, especially Census participation.


Q. You can often be seen working in the Genealogical Services room helping patrons.  What are some of your favorite books in the genealogy collection or any go-to resources?

A. I am fascinated by the “non population” Censuses, particularly the Slave Schedules, the Veterans Census, and the Mortality Censuses. The North Carolina mortality census, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 by Sandra Lee Almasy is one of my favorites.


Q. Do you do any genealogy yourself? If so, for how long?

A. I have only completed a small amount of research on my own family.  Many of the records are missing due to courthouse fires in Brunswick County, North Carolina where many of my ancestors lived.


Q. Any advice for patrons or potential patrons?

A. Remember Census participation could be greatly influenced not only by mistrust of the government, but also by geography.  Parts of our state were not always accessible.  We also need to try to view historical records in the context in which they were created, not by modern standards.


North Carolina County of the Week: Orange

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This week, August 24-30, we feature Orange County for the GHL North Carolina County of the Week!

North Carolina County Map, Orange County hi-lighted in green

North Carolina County Map, Orange County hi-lighted in green

A county of the Piedmont region, Orange County was created in 1752 from nearby counties of Granville, Bladen, and Johnston and named for William V of Orange, grandson of England’s King George III.

Stay with us this week for snapshots of the people, history, culture,  geography, and natural heritage of Orange County.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library, our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources, and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw.  And don’t forget to visit us on Pinterest for our Orange County board where we’ll showcase a range of historic images.


State Doc Pick of the Week: Datanet

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Datanet4Half of the total votes cast in a typical statewide general election come from just 15 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Almost half of North Carolina voters were born in other states. These and other statistics and reports about North Carolina and North Carolina voting trends come from Datanet. First published in 1992, Datanet is produced by UNC’s Program on Public Life and contains short research reports on topics of interest to social scientists, journalists and the general public. Topics include NC demographics, campaign finance analysis, political advertising, public opinion polling and voter statistics.


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