Asheboro North Carolina Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
The Asheboro Family History Center is a branch of the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (home to one of the largest genealogical collections in the world). The Asheboro FHC is one of more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit or use the resources in the Family History Center. It serves the members of the High Point NC Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—and is open to all church and community members who have an interest in family history and genealogical research.
The goal of our Family History Center is to help you develop a love and appreciation for your ancestors—and provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your family history by:
• Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons
• Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program
• Offering free how-to classes
- 1 Center Contacts and Hours
- 2 Calendar and Events
- 3 Center Resources
- 4 Center Services
- 5 Resources in the Local Area
- 6 Links
- 7 Volunteer at the Center
Center Contacts and Hours
- 1109 McDowell Rd Asheboro NC 27203 United States
- Language: English
- Bob Craig, FHC Director 336-309-9060
- Wednesdays: 6:00pm-8:30pm
- Other times by appointment: call 336-309-9060
Holiday Schedule: Closed all major holidays
Calendar and Events
We offer free classes and special seminars to help church and community members get started with their genealogy and family history—and also to help in specialized areas such as Internet Research, American Research, British Isles Research, European Research, Scandanavian Research, Central and South American Research, and much more.
Staff Training Meetings
- FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
- We have a very nice collection of "How To" books for conducting family history research in most countries around the world.
Databases and Software
- FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
Hardware and Equipment
- We have 6 computer workstations (2 with scanners).
- We also have a microfilm reader for those patrons who order microfilm from the vast Salt Lake Family History Library collection.
Staff Research Specialties
Our Family History Consultants are excellent at helping those who are just getting started, and also specialize in the following areas: US, New England, Great Britain, Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Boy Scout Merit Badge In Genealogy
The Family History Center offers a workshop to help Boy Scouts earn the Genealogy Merit Badge. The workshop is held on an as needed basis. Please call Bob Craig at 336-309-9060 to schedule a time.
Requirements to be completed "BEFORE" coming to the workshop:
- Contact a family member by telephone, email, or letter, and interview them about their life. Ask about events that have occurred and where they happened. Record the information you learn and bring this information to the workshop.
- Complete a pedigree chart. Click here for a .pdf fill-in pedigree chart. The information can also be handwritten. List yourself and at least two additional generations. Bring this information to the workshop.
- Complete two family group sheets, one listing your parents and all of the children in your family and another listing one of your parents and their siblings in a family group with your grandparents. Click here for a .pdf fill-in family group sheet. The information can also be handwritten. Bring this information to the workshop.
- Please also bring the name of an ancestor or relative who was alive in 1940.
- List eight to ten important events in your life (timeline) and bring the list to the workshop.
- Using your timeline, write a short autobiography of your life, and bring it to the workshop.
If Scouts complete the items above before coming to the workshop and bring their documents with them, they will be able to complete the following requirements at the Family History Center. Authorized FH Center staff will certify the completion of their merit badge requirements.
- Define the terms "genealogy," "ancestor," and "descendant."
- Name three types of genealogical records. Explain how they help you chart your family tree. Obtain one genealogical document that supports your family tree and evalutate this information.
- Contact a genealogical repository.
- Explain the effects of computers and the Itnternet on genealogy. Explain how photography and microfilm have influenced genealogy.
- Discuss what you have learned about your family through your genealogical research.
Resources in the Local Area
The Randolph Room at the Asheboro Public Library
This is the repository of the county’s history and history of families who have lived here. It’s an interactive and cooperative effort because what you leave helps future researchers. There are more than 1,000 family files. Barbara N. Grigg collected many of the histories over the years. Families have started many others.
To preserve your family’s history, gather the information, take it to the Randolph Room, have it copied, and, voila, you’ve started a file. It also features three rows of bookshelves that hold tomes on everything from churches to industries. Filing cabinets are crammed with a world (well, a county) of information on area people, places and things. Old maps and other historical items cover the walls. Complete editions of more than a century’s worth of newspapers – The Courier-Tribune and others – can be viewed on microfilm.
Visitors receive individual help. When you enter the room you sign in. The room averages 250-350 visitors each month. The records show that people have come from all over the United States to do research.
No materials can be checked out, but you can make copies, take notes on a pad or a computer, or take pictures of documents with a camera or a cell phone.
The Randolph Room is at 201 Worth Street on the lower level of the Asheboro Public Library (just to the right inside the entrance from the parking lot). It is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. The web address is randolphlibrary.org/randolphroom.htm. For information, contact Marsha Haithcock at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (336) 318-6815.
Volunteer at the Center