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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

  • Heritage Quest
    Research materials for tracing family history and American culture. For beginning or professional genealogists. Available inside the library and at home with a Bladen County Public Library card.

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.


Links to Genealogy Forms


Indexes to Items Available in the Wanda Campbell Room

Online Genealogy Resources

  • Find a Grave
    Find A Grave is a free website that currently contains information for over 400,000 cemeteries in over 200 different countries, and has at least a partial listing of graves for over 250,000 of these cemeteries.
  • Family Search
    Since 1894, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide.
  • US GenWeb Archives
    Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers.
  • North Carolina Family Records Online
    North Carolina Family Records Online is comprised of North Carolina family history materials from the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina and State Library of North Carolina.
  • Where to Write for Vital Records
    Listing of addresses, procedures and costs involved in requesting vital records (marriage, birth, death, or divorce) from state and territory agencies.

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