State Library of North Carolina Genealogical Research Services Section Closes on Mondays

Beginning Sept. 12, the Genealogical Research Services section of the State Library’s Government and Heritage Library will be closed on Mondays. New service hours for Genealogical Research Services will be Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Many travelers come from across North Carolina and the nation to find family history information here,” said Maryanne Friend, Assistant Secretary for Development, Marketing, and Communication. “Keeping Saturday as part of the schedule recognizes this and offers opportunities to people who are at work on weekdays to have access.”

The reduction in service hours is the result of budget restrictions; however, the Library remains committed to serving the needs of genealogy researchers. For more information about Genealogical Research Services ( in the State Library, call 919-807-7460.

Read the full article in the August 3, 2011 edition of the Apex Herald.

Boynton Beach Library Continues to Cut Genealogy Resources

The following excerpt is yet another indication that the current recession (which the feds keep telling us ended long ago) is having an effect on genealogical research. The sad part about it is that libraries often fill a need for basic genealogy resources that low-income folks might not be able to afford. If the libraries can’t afford those resources, then some folks will find their research more difficult, if not impossible for now. I note that the Boynton Beach Library still has their NewsBank subscription, which is a great genealogy resource.

BOYNTON BEACH — In a region where all but a few are from somewhere else, it’s hard enough to track local genealogy. It’s about to get harder.

Under the city’s proposed 2011-12 budget, the library will stop all history and genealogy memberships. [I’m guessing these are genealogy and historical society periodicals]

The savings: $375.

What this mostly means is people won’t be able to read the organizations’ newsletters, chief librarian Craig Clark said.

“I can justify (keeping) it,” he said. “But I have to cut.”

History memberships are the least of it. The proposed budget for the library would cut $176,757.

Hours, cut last year from 62 a week to 54, would be slashed to 48, from

9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays, instead of 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Two vacant full-time spots wouldn’t be replaced and one full-time staffer and one part-timer would be laid off.

Teen programs would be all but eliminated.

Clark said he’d already closed the $2,000-a-year account for last year. People seeking genealogy help now will be referred to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County or other groups.

Read the full article in the July 4, 2011 edition of the Palm Beach Post.

Budget Cuts Eliminate Santa Barbara Public Library Genealogy Databases

Libraries are struggling with budgets cut by cities, and counties that are no longer flush with tax money. The Santa Barbara Public Library is no exception.

The Santa Barbara Public Library System can no longer provide access to certain subscription databases effective July 1. [Click here to see what databases are still available.]

Due to funding cuts at the state and local levels, the Ancestry Library Edition, Biography Resource Center/ Biography in Context, Chilton’s Automotive Library, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Heritage Quest, Literature Resource Center, and Toucan Social Studies Fact Card can no longer be accessed.

Read the full article in the July 4, 2011 edition of

Georgia Archives Threatened by House Budget

The following is am open letter written by Virginia Shadron, chairperson of the Friends of Georgia Archives & History:

Georgia Archives reference room

An open letter from FOGAH Chair, Virginia Shadron:

The Fiscal Year 2012 budget that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 11 as HB 78 includes budget reductions that could result in the [Georgia] State Archives closing its doors to the public.

The budget contains two items that together would reduce the Archives’ budget by at least $300,000.

The Archives’ base budget, after preceding budget cuts, is $4,643,588. Over 65% of that goes to pay fixed costs (such as rent) that cannot be reduced. The current bill proposes an additional cut in “personal services and … savings from reduced hours …” in the amount of $260,458. The second way in which the Archives’ budget is eroded is that the House budget does not fund the annual increase in the Archives’ rent, an amount of more than $40,000 for FY12.

Altogether, the additional cuts to personal services and the failure to fund the rent increase means that the Archives’ sustains a critical $300,000 in cuts. You might wonder, “What is the fuss about?” That shortfall can come from one place only—and that is staff.

Without intervention the Archives will almost certainly be forced to close its doors to the public, reduce scanning operations and preservation activities, and eliminate most transfers of records from state agencies—the records that protect Georgia financially and legally.

The House version of the budget now goes to the Senate for adjustment and passage. Call and write your state senator immediately and ask that a minimum of $300,000 be restored to the Archives budget! Go to and click on “Find Your Legislator” to find your senator.

– Virginia Shadron

Thanks to Michael Hait for making us aware of the situation in Georgia.

Read the letter and more at the Friends of Georgia Archives & History Website.

Kentucky State Archives Preserves Records With Reduced $ and Personnel

State archivist Barbara Teague stands among documents in the State Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort. (By James Crisp, Special to the Courier-Journal)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Anyone who frets over organizing family records ought to consider the daily challenge facing Barbara Teague and her staff.

As Kentucky’s state archivist, Teague oversees 310,000 cubic feet of records stored in the Public Records Division of the State Department of Libraries and Archives — documenting the official history of Kentucky.

Also under her care are about 220,000 rolls of microfilm and more data stored electronically than — were it on paper — could fit into an average Kentucky county library.

“We have one of the largest physical holdings of any state archives in the country,” Teague said. “We care for records. That’s 100 percent of our job — caring for records and being able to retrieve any one of them when it is needed.”

And like other agencies, the department has felt the impact of the tight state budget.

Hours that the public can visit the archives’ research room on weekdays have been reduced to 10 a.m.-4 p.m., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Public Records Division’s staff also has been cut to 45 from 58 three years ago. But Teague said the remaining employees have taken on other duties to avoid further service reductions.

Read the full article in the December 26, 2010 edition of the Courier-Journal.