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4/7/2019 12:01:00 AM
Rhodes Room Genealogy Department Acquires New Resources

Catawba County Library
Press Release


NEWTON, N.C. – The Rhodes Room, the Catawba County Library’s genealogy department, has recently added three new resources to its collection of historical data, creating an increasingly comprehensive picture of life in Catawba County.

The Rhodes Room regularly solicits items that can fill in gaps in existing resources, flesh out popular topics, and more accurately represent local people, places, and events.

The latest acquisitions include:

  • Original aerial photos of Catawba County from 1989-90, which help indicate land usage during that period,
  • Microfilm of the Charlotte Observer from 1983 to 2011, which greatly expands the library’s newspaper archive, and
  • A complete set of GP Stout historical maps of all 100 North Carolina counties.


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This last set of maps dates from the mid-1970s (with later updates) and highlights historic sites with modern-day reference points. It illustrates county, township, and waterway development over time and also indicates early communities and the origins of county formation. In addition, the maps are accompanied by print indexes of towns and geographical features.

The Rhodes Room is invaluable for both personal and business research. Whether a resident is attempting to complete a family tree, an heir is looking to settle an estate, a developer is seeking land-use details of a property, or a researcher is working to put together a cohesive narrative, the library’s genealogy department features a host of robust resources. Whatever the needs, genealogy librarian, Alex Floyd, and library assistant, Roberta Handlin, are on hand to provide expert assistance to visitors interested in these new historical resources – and to Ancestry online and Heritage Quest online.

The Rhodes Room is located on the ground floor of the Main Library in Newton (115 West C Street) and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about the Rhodes Room and the Catawba County Libraries, visit www.catawbacountync.gov/library, call 828.465.8664, email mylibrary@catawbacountync.gov, or visit them on Facebook.


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