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Genealogy Dept

The Evelyn D. Rhodes Room
Alex Floyd
Associate Librarian

Phone: (828) 465-8669

map 115 West C Street
Newton, NC 28658

The Rhodes Room
Open: Tuesday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday & Monday

Open:   Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday & Monday

  • Catawba County, which was formed in 1842, is an important cultural and historic area into which many early Germans, Scotch-Irish and English emigrants settled.  Some of their descendants are still living in Catawba County today, while others stayed for only a few generations; moving onward to settle elsewhere in North Carolina or in other states such as Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri.

  • The main focus is on the compilation of information and materials about the people and history of Catawba County, the collection does include records from the surrounding counties, and materials that can aid a researcher in tracing ancestors before their arrival in North Carolina. Materials containing genealogical information from Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee are a valuable part of the collection.

  • See a few of the available resources
  • Hear Gary Freeze speak on: Ebony and Ivory: From Segregation to Integration in Catawba County
The Rhodes Room web site was created with support from federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the North Carolina ECHO, 'Exploring Cultural Heritage Online' Digitization Grant Program.