The High Point Public Library’s Heritage Research Center is hosting a very unique genealogy program called, “When Crime Does Pay: Using NC Criminal Records for Family History.”

 The program will be held on Monday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Morgan Community Room on the first floor of the library. It’s expected to be very popular – so much so that the presentation will also be streamed live on Facebook.

That evening, History and Genealogy Librarian Larry Cates will explain “the various types of criminal court records generated in nineteenth-century North Carolina, from dockets to writs to summons to depositions, where and how they can be found and the impact they can have on understanding family relationships and individual ancestors.”

Cates has held the position of history and genealogy librarian at the library for over a decade and a half and he has a whole lot of experience in the family history field.

He’s also an author.  One of his books, Suspicion and Sacrifice, covers the history of World War I in High Point.

Cates has served as the editor for the publications of the Randolph County Genealogical Society and the Guilford County Genealogical Society

According to the promotional information for the event, the presentation is “peppered with spicy examples” from Cates’ own genealogical studies, which he has collected over a period of three decades.

If you want more information about the program and how to access it virtually, you can contact Cates at or 336-883-3637.

The program is being co-sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society, an organization chartered in 1974 to support and promote genealogical and historical research across the state as well as “increase interest in and raise the standards” of research.