Local History


The library's North Carolina Room houses materials related to the history of Person County, its families, and surrounding regions.

Need help with your research? Contact the Reference Librarian for assistance.

Physical Collection

  • Roxboro Courier-Times and Raleigh News Observer on microfilm
  • Person County and local church records on microfilm
  • Books related to North Carolina and Person County history, genealogy, and biography, including military history and histories of area families and churches

Digital Collection

These resources may require a Person County Public Library card.

Ancestry Library Edition (in-library only)
Census, vital, & other family history records

Digital NC
Select Newspapers for full-text issues of the Roxboro Courier, 1922–1935
Select City Directories for Roxboro directories from 1957 to 1964

E-iNC Digital Collection
Borrow eBooks, including history and genealogy titles

Census, Revolutionary War, and Freedman's Bank records and full-text family history books

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection
Historical North Carolina newspapers, including the Roxboro Courier 1885–1917

Home Grown EBooks
EBooks from North Carolina publishers, including works of historical interest

Person County Open Library Collection
Free eBooks related to Person County selected by the Person County Public Library

Sanborn Maps
Historical maps of North Carolina towns and cities, including Roxboro

Recommended Websites

African-American genealogy resources

Chronicling America
Historical American newspapers, including early Hillsborough, Durham, and Raleigh newspapers

Cyndi's List NC
Starting point for online genealogy research

Digital Library of American Slavery
Digital records related to slavery and enslaved ancestors

Digital Public Library of America
Search digital collections from U.S. libraries and archives

Comprehensive free source for family history records

Find a Grave
Cemetery records and images around the world

Index of Person County Cemeteries
Survey of Person County cemeteries

Library of Congress Digital Collections
The Library of Congress's digital library of photos and documents

National Register of Historic Places
Listings for National Register properties in North Carolina

NC Digital Collection
Digital records from the State Library and State Archives

NCGenWeb Person County
Information related to Person County genealogy

A comprehensive free encyclopedia of North Carolina history

North Carolina Land Grants
Searchable land grant records

North Carolina Maps
Historical maps from North Carolina

Person County Cemeteries App
Interactive map of family, church, and municipal cemeteries in Person County

Person County WPA Cemetery Survey Records
Compiled cemetery tombstone records created by the Historical Records Survey of North Carolina in 1937.

Raleigh News & Observer Index, 1926–1992
Searchable index of the newspaper

Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection
EBooks related to North Carolina religion, including Blessings of Beulah and Chapel on South Hyco: The Story of Lea's Chapel

UNC Chapel Hill: Documenting the American South
Digital books, images, and audio related to Southern and North Carolina history, including The Narrative of James Curry, a Fugitive Slave


Other Local History Organizations

North Carolina Genealogy Society

North Carolina Natural and Cultural Resources

State Archives of North Carolina

State Library of North Carolina: Government & Heritage Library

Person County Historical Society

Person County Museum of History

Person County Register of Deeds

UNC Chapel Hill: Southern Historical Collection

Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society