Getting Started with Genealogy
Tips for Getting Started:
1. Start with yourself and work backwards!
2. Fill in a Family Tree with all the information you already know.
3. Collect information from your family through interviews, Bible, and other family records, and cemetery inscriptions.
4. Prove, document, and record each generation before progressing.
5. Do your own research to find proof, and cite original sources.
Some of the best sources to start with are:
Census Records and Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death Records)
Electronic Resources Available from the Bladen County Public Library
Wanda Campbell Room
The Wanda Campbell Historical Room is a rich resource for genealogical research in Bladen County. Ms. Campbell was the Bladen County Clerk of Court for many years and her collection of materials is invaluable. It was her request that these materials be made available for use by the public.
The room has general genealogy books, family files, some history vertical files, and some microfilm reels including select years of The Bladen Journal. Unfortuately, we do not have the staff to do extensive genealogy research for individuals that are unable to come do their own research. However, if you have a simple look-up, please contact the library to see how we can help you.
If you plan to come use the room, consider calling ahead as occasionally the room is closed for special library use. Also, if you need research assistance and can call ahead, we may be able to arrange for a volunteer to meet you while you are here to help you with your research. The room always closes an hour earlier than the rest of the library.
Please see our list of family files or historical files to help determine if a visit to the Wanda Campbell Room is worth your time.