Local History & Genealogy

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Library Resources

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Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.  
Digital Sanborn Maps

Sanborn fire insurance maps chart the growth and development of thousands of America towns and cities across a century. Genealogists and local historians will find the maps a valuable tool.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Newspaper Archive

The world's largest online newspaper archive, including Statesville newspapers from 1874 to 1977. 

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center The Iredell Citizen newspaper (1998-2008), Iredell County School Scrapbooks (1970-1981), Mitchell yearbooks, and more can be viewed at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center which is a statewide digitization effort to preserve local and state history and to make them accessible to the public. Cultural institutions from across the state contribute items to be digitized and published online. The Iredell County Public Library has made its contributions through the years and continues to do so. 
Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection North Carolina Collection from Newspapers.com. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.
  1. Rural County Cemeteries

    Join us at the library for a special Black History Month presentation with local historian Phyllis Bailey, who will be discussing her research on the rural cemeteries of Iredell County. Read on...
  1. Local Legacies

    The library is proud to welcome Lisa Henderson, a researcher and community descendant, whose advocacy for Black cemeteries in Wilson County has helped her appreciate her Iredell roots. Read on...
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  1. Joel Reese

    Local History Librarian
    Phone: 704-878-3090 x3093

  2. Shellie Taylor

    Library Program Specialist
    Phone: 704-878-3090 x8801