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State Doc of the Week: Childhood Immunizations and the Role of a County Department of Social Services

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ImmunizationsRecently over 80 cases of the measles have been reported in California, Mexico and seven other states.  California is one of about 20 states where parents can use a personal belief waiver to avoid the requirement to have their children vaccinated.  Most states, including North Carolina, only allow religious and medical exemptions for immunizations.  In North Carolina you must have written documentation to use either of the exemptions.

This publication is one of the 21 law bulletins published by UNC’s School of Government. These law bulletins cover various topics related to North Carolina law. This timely bulletin is part of the Juvenile Law series and explains North Carolina’s immunization laws and parents’ constitutional rights. It also discusses the role of county departments of social services, including best practices of immunizations, after it becomes involved with a family.

This report can be downloaded, printed, saved and viewed by clicking here.

Government & Heritage Library closed 2-3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 26

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The Government & Heritage Library will be closed from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. today, January 26, for an all-staff meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Civil War Sources: Untangling James D. Knott

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Recently, I talked about GHL’s 1901 Confederate Pension database. It gave me an idea for this week – a blog post on how different books and databases in our collection about Confederate troops can be used together to give a fuller picture of Civil War veterans.

Below, I will give an example of how I untangled two soldiers with the same name, from the same county and even in the same company and regiment. There is a list of sources at the end with links to the catalog record or digital collection website. My goal with this post is to to show how searching all of these sources for information on an ancestor can help give a deeper understanding of an ancestor’s service during the Civil War.

Cover of a volume from the series "North Carolina Troops: a Roster, 1861-1865"


North Carolina County of the Week: Macon County, North Carolina

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Macon County, North Carolina is the NC County of the Week for January 25 – 31, 2015.


Macon County, NC

Located in the North Carolina mountains Macon County was formed in 1828 from neighboring Haywood County.  The county is named after Nathaniel Macon, U.S.  senator and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Join us this week for a tour of the county, its people, its history, and its natural heritage!

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