Ancestry Library Edition is the world's largest website for researching family histories. (Available inside the library only.)
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources--rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. (Library card required.)
Black Life in America on NewsBank illustrates the experiences and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today. (Library card required.)
Hispanic Life in America on NewsBank illustrates the experiences and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today. (Library card required.)
Heritage Hub on NewsBank is the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices, 1704 – today. (Library card required.)
Historic NC Digital Newspapers hosts 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers from Newspapers.com. (Library card required.)
DigitalNC (a project of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center) supports community engagement and lifelong learning by promoting and increasing access to North Carolina’s cultural heritage. This database houses The Bookbag (Harnett County Public Library's newsletter from 1977-2007), Harnett County newspaper archives, and the Cemetery Records of Cumberland, Harnett, and Iredell Counties.
The Local Genealogy Research Guide contains research that has been digitized by Harnett County genealogy enthusiasts. Documents include Family Histories and Publications about local people and places.
The Harnett County GIS Guide to Places of Worship and Cemeteries is an interactive digital map of local places of worship and grave sites.
Additional virtual resources for local history and genealogy research can be found on our Electronic Resources page.
The Local History Room is now located on the second floor of the Harnett County Resource Center and Library and is open during regular library hours. Archival materials are available to view by appointment.
Unique materials in the local history collection include a vertical file, obituary file, and picture file (from the collections of the late Talbott McNeill Stewart and Luci Uzzle) which are viewable on the library's online catalog. The library also has a small collection of old and new maps, some local schools' yearbooks, and a variety of photographs and documents from the late 1800's to mid 1900's that are in the process of being archived. The library also has a folder for each senior class of Lillington High School from 1944-1977.
The local history collection also includes the N.C. Folklore Society Journal, the N.C. Historical Review, and other literary and scholarly publications from UNC Chapel Hill and Duke. In addition, the library owns a collection of primary source materials covering North Carolina History from the earliest days of the colony to the War Between the States.