People and Families

Are you researching your family history? Looking for information on your relatives who lived and worked in High Point? Visit the Heritage Research Center (HRC) at the High Point Public Library to get started or find online information through these links.

Obituary Index

Deaths and obituaries from the High Point Enterprise are indexed and HRC staff. Please contact the HRC directly at 336-883-3637 or email

Federal Census
Like most records that genealogists use, censuses were not compiled with the intention of assisting future family and local historians. They were designed to help governments plan programs and administrative efforts and to lay the groundwork for raising revenue. However, these records can be a helpful tool in researching families and individual people.

How to Use the Census
Search Census Records
2020 Census

Yearbooks

The Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library has a collection of yearbooks from local schools. All yearbooks are cataloged and may be found through the catalog
  • High Point Central High School
  • High Point High School
  • Southwest Guilford High School
  • T. Wingate Andrews High School
  • Wesleyan Christian Academy
  • Westchester Academy
  • William Penn High School

City Directories
Before the widespread publication of telephone directories, city directories documented the people and places within a city. A city directory is a published listing of people, businesses, organizations and institutions, giving their location within the city as well as other types of information, including professions, race, business associations, and, later, telephone numbers. High Point’s first city directory is from 1908. The Heritage Research Center has printed volumes of High Point area city directories from 1910 to the present. Some editions are available online. Please contact the HRC for individual telephone directories.

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Archive

Newsletters
Many High Point factories produced company newsletters which are rich sources of information about the people who worked there including retirement, wedding, and birth announcements.

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Newspapers
The High Point Enterprise, Greensboro Patriot, and other area newspapers are available on microfilm in the HRC. Holdings for most newspapers are not complete in early years, but the HRC also has services to search newspapers online.

The Tribunal Aid was published from 1973 to 1976 and reported on issues important to the African American community in High Point. All issues are available online.

Contact Us

Need help with your research? Contact the Heritage Research Center at the High Point Library at 336-883-3637 or email
Mailing Address: PO Box 2530 High Point NC 27262

Hours:
Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Occasionally, the Heritage Research Center will have to close for an hour when the room is understaffed. This is typically from noon to 1 p.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. If you are coming from any distance it’s best to give us a call to check on the status of the room for the day.