Materials in our Collections
The Johnston County Heritage Center is open FREE OF CHARGE 9:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday (except weekday holidays observed by the County of Johnston - and we're usually open on Saturdays following weekday holidays).
A rundown of what's contained in the Heritage Center's archives...
Researchers of local history and genealogy can access an exceptional collection of materials in the Margaret McLemore Lee Reading Room and the Brown-Ross Audio-Visual Room. We hold approximately 2,000 books, 800 reels of microfilm, 300 maps/atlases, 50,000 photographic images, 400 private collections of books and papers, and vertical files on genealogy, biography, and local history.
Some of the materials available for genealogical research at the Heritage Center:
Searchable Databases Online (click on title for immediate access):
What historical items will the Heritage Center accept for our archives?
We welcome any serious researcher to use our library's facilities. We're open 9-5 Monday-Saturday. Admission is free of charge. All materials are non-circulating and not available for inter-library loan. A photocopier and microfilm reader-printer are available for use by our patrons for a nominal fee. Staff members are on duty at all times to help you with your search.
Please visit us in person at:
The Johnston County Heritage Center
The Heritage Center staff, for a fee starting at $25 per hour, will do limited research of records available within our collections and then mail the results to you.
For genealogical information, send us your research request in writing and include the following information: individual name to be researched; dates of birth, death, marriage, etc., if known; and location(town or township) and dates of residence in Johnston County, if known. Please include your e-mail address so our staff can contact you promptly if necessary.
Historical requests (non-genealogical) should also be made in writing. Queries should be made with respect to a specific topic, person, or event, giving precise dates whenever possible. Please include your e-mail address so our staff may contact you promptly if necessary.
A minimum fee of $25 is required for each search request, payable in advance. Actual charges are calculated at $25 per hour required by our staff to fulfill a particular request. (NOTE: A minimum fee of $50 is charged for lineage society research performed by our staff searching for the proofs needed for membership.) E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine how fees may be handled for your particular scenario.
Once you're clear about your charge, make a personal check or money order payable to the Johnston County Heritage Center and mail with your written request for information to:
Johnston County Heritage Center
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