Genealogy & Local History

Hoyland Livermore Jennings Genealogy and Local History Room Guidelines

Robeson County Public Library would like to inform all patrons that we do not have a genealogist on staff. While we would like to fulfill all requests given to us, genealogy requests are taken at the discretion of the library staff.  Thank you for your understanding.

Staff are available to provide a brief introduction to the Hoyland Livermore Jennings Genealogy and Local History Room; including our resources and equipment.  Our resources are available to the public for in-library use only.  


More in-depth assistance may be available by scheduling an appointment via email at or calling 910-738-4859 during business hours.  Please note: these appointments are limited to one 30 minute session per person per month; email or call to check availability. Understand that appointments may need to be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances; if this happens we will do our best to contact you.

Genealogy Research Request

Genealogy at Robeson County Public Library

Visitors who are interested in tracing their Robeson County ancestors are encouraged to visit the Hoyland Livermore Jennings Genealogy and Local History Room at the Robeson County Public Library. The room contains over 2,700 books, including approximately 300 histories of families with ties to Robeson County. Many histories of local churches and small towns within the county can be found here as well. Visitors who would like to trace their Civil War ancestors will find our complete 16 volume set of the “Roster of Confederate Soldiers” helpful. Our library houses the five volume “North Carolina Regiments 1961-65 and the first 14 volumes of “North Carolina Troops. The collection also includes “Moore’s four volume “Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States.” Our genealogy collection also includes microfilm copies of the North Carolina federal census from 1800-1920. We have “The Robesonian” newspaper on microfilm from 1900 to 2005. There is no index to the newspaper, so researchers must know at least the month and year of an event to conduct research in the local newspaper. Many local historians have donated both books and manuscripts to the collection which is available to researchers during the Library’s regular hours.