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Summer Reading Program

Welcome to the Braswell Memorial Library 2017 History & Genealogy Summer Reading Program! To register for the program just email your name and contact information to You will find suggested reading lists in the box below and in the “files” section of the NC Outlander Fans Facebook page. The Reading Record form is also in the box below and you can download it and fill out to create your reading record. You can email the finished reading record (or just the required information) to  

The rules are simple:

You must read at least three books or articles (in any format) pertaining to any aspect of history or genealogy. Since this year’s theme is immigration and Irish ancestry, I recommend reading and learning about related topics:  the Scots-Irish, the history of Ireland, the immigration of different groups to the United States, circumstances that encouraged emigration out of the British Isles, etc. Reading records must be completely filled out.  

Prizes at the end of the program will be awarded based on the number of books and articles read.  

The program runs from June 16th - July 31. Drawings for prizes will be held August 1st.

Please consider participating!  You do not have to be local.

Questions? Email

Digital NC


Traci Thompson

Email our Local History/Genealogy Librarian a question at She can provide advice and perform free lookups in indexed sources. In-depth research, photocopies, and scans are avaiable for a fee as detailed here.


Select NC Marriage Documents

Below are extracts from select marriage records, mostly from Nash County, in North Carolina.



The Kornegay Room of Braswell Memorial Library offers a substantial genealogy and local history collection focusing on the history of Rocky Mount and Nash and Edgecombe Counties.  More...


Some specific resources available in the library:

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Rocky Mount city directories
  • Vertical Files
  • Local genealogical/historical publications
  • Published transcriptions and abstracts of local county records
  • Local maps
  • Local area newspapers on microfilm:
    • Rocky Mount Telegram (1916 - present)
    • Nashville Graphic (1900-present)
    • Enfield Progress (1887-1973)
    • Tarboro Southerner (various years)
    • Miscellaneous, short-run area newspapers (various years)


Maps For Sale

Nash County Map, 1918-19                                                   $20.00
Prepared by direction of the County Commissioners and the
Board of Education by Wells & Brinkley, Engineers, 1919.

Shipping and handling: $3.00 per item.

The library can accept check or money order only.  Please make checks payable to Braswell Memorial Library, and send to the attention of: Traci Thompson, Local History/Genealogy Librarian, 727 N. Grace St., Rocky Mount, NC 27804.