Stanly County Public Library

Genealogy & Heritage Room

Now located at the Stanly County History Center at 157 2nd Street, Albemarle NC.

Margaret Johnston Heritage Room
The Margaret Johnston Heritage Room, located in the Stanly County History Center on 157 2nd Street in Albemarle, is one of the best collections of genealogy and North Carolina history in the region. It draws family researchers from across the country, and most gain new knowledge and insights through their findings in the Heritage Room. If your genealogical quest leads you to Stanly County, we will do our best to help you discover something about your Stanly ancestors.

Holdings include works on military history, a wide array of genealogical society journals, periodicals, census records, passenger lists, city directories, maps, cemetery records and more. The Heritage Room owns microfilm of local newspapers from as far back as the late 1800s, and contains a large number of files covering many local families, churches, and institutions.

In addition to North Carolina genealogy and history, the Heritage Room also has an impressive collection of Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina sources, plus some Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky sources.

Please submit your questions or comments about the Stanly County History Center to Margaret Johnston Heritage Room either via e-mail or by post to the Stanly County History Center, 157 2nd Street, Albemarle, North Carolina, 28001.

Ancestry Library Edition
With more than 2 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition provides patrons with instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. Includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; church records; directories and more.

Ancestry can only be accessed from Internet computers located in the library or the Stanly County History Center. To access Ancestry Library Edition, visit any of our five library locations or the History Center and go to

We now offer access to, which is an online repository of historical newspapers in North Carolina. This resource may be valuable in any historical research or genealogical ventures.

Heritage Quest
With over 25,000 family and local history resources, the entire U.S. Federal Census from 1790 through 1930, and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who — even after years of work — are still uncovering their past.

A valid Stanly County Public Library card is all you need to access Heritage Quest from home.

Additional Resources

The Stanly County Historical Society is a valuable resource in the community and has a website located at the following URL:

Please click on branch to see hours and telephone number.

Click below to learn more about the Friends of the Stanly County Public Library

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