Best greetings for the New Year! As usual, we here at the NCGenWeb Project aim to provide you with great resources for your family history and genealogy research. As part of that mission, we created a Facebook community back in 2012. We are now transitioning to a Facebook group so that we can exchange information more easily with each other.
From today until October 5th the NC Genealogical Society is allowing free access to a recent webinar by Mark Lowe on NC Tax Records. Titled “NC Taxes, People, Places, Time, and Delinquency” the webinar will teach you about the variety of NC tax records and help you locate them for your family history research.
Mark is an excellent presenter and if you can take advantage of the free webinar, you can visit the NC Genealogical Society Webinar Registration page to learn more.
With more than 90,000 items, the NC Digital Collections site is a great treasure for those doing family history research in this state. Developed by the State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina, this repository of information is well-worth your visit. The new site design now makes it easier for you to search across all the digital collection materials, and also makes it easier to see the collection groups at-a-glance.
Visit the newly refreshed website and explore your NC connections!
Titles from Buncombe, Craven, Edgecombe, Mecklenburg, Pasquotank, Wake, and Watauga counties are up with time ranges spanning 1836-1922. Newspapers are excellent sources of information and this collection is definitely worth searching and browsing.
Even more will be added over the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye on the NC Miscellany blog from the North Carolina Collection for more updates.
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you are having success in your family history research, or at least having fun trying to shatter any brickwalls you may have.
I wanted to just take a moment to point a blog definitely worth following – This Day in North Carolina History, from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. I’ve been following the blog for the past year and have learned so many interesting things about the history of the state! Their entries cover events from the entire time span of the state and are just overall interesting.
You can follow in several ways:
Subscribe to the RSS feed and enjoy reading at your leisure in your favorite RSS feed reader. If you’ve not used RSS feeds, watch this 3-minute video for a quick overview.
You can sign up to get each day’s post sent directly to your email inbox. This is the option I personally use as this is one blog that I want to be sure to never miss! On the right side of the site’s page is an area for you to enter your email address.
The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) is currently in the process of indexing original estate files held at the North Carolina State Archives and they are doing a phenomenal job! Done in partnership with FamilySearch, the records are available online and society volunteers are creating name-specific way-pointers to facilitate finding records. As it stands, records can be searched by name, or browsed by county. The indexing at FamilySearch.org is approximately 70% completed.
As I personally began working with this database, I quickly realized I wanted a better way to browse. The surname index is a great asset for the online collection, but browsing is limited to one county at a time and you can’t see the entire alphabet at once. So, to make it easier to see a list of names within any one county, and to make it easier to look for records across counties, I am partnering with NCGS to create a master index to the collection. For example, while I know that there were Koonce families in Jones County, NC – I could use the master index to see what other Koonce persons there were across the state who are represented in this collection.
The master index is hosted on the NCGS website and can be viewed at http://goo.gl/uHdVoQ. It is a work in progress, but you can view the list by surname or by individual county. Additionally, the county lists will eventually be shared on some of our NCGenWeb sites too! Please stay tuned as we add more and more counties to the master index in the upcoming months.
Then, you will just LOVE the latest offering from the NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR). Just today they announced the online availability of the master index to the seminal work “North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster” and I know many a researcher will be ecstatic!
A project that began back in 1961, the book collection, currently at 18 volumes, contains 115,000 names of North Carolinians who served in the Civil War. NCDCR projects that at least another 4 volumes are forthcoming for publication so the database will very likely be added to as the volumes continue to be published. From the email announcement today:
The rosters in each volume are arranged numerically by regiment or battalion and alphabetically by company. Each roster is preceded by a unit history giving information about where it was raised and how it was designated. Officers and enlisted men are listed in separate sections alphabetically by surname. Each name is followed by a service record that includes information such as the soldier’s county of birth and residence; his age and occupation at time of enlistment; promotions; whether he was wounded, captured or killed; and whether he deserted or died of disease.
You can access the index online at http://cwroster.ncdcr.gov/. To search, click on the “Entries” tab and enter a surname into the search box in the far right corner of the screen. Once you’ve identified an entry of interest, you can either find the book at a library near you, or purchase the books from NCDCR.
The NCGenWeb Project is pleased to announce the availability of a new database of Confederate burials from around the state. A project of the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, many volunteers are contributing to the information available.
The site is currently searchable by name, city & county. Be sure to try a variety of spelling to look for your persons of interest. Each database record has multiple fields, though they may not all be filled in. Fields include the name of the person, birth date, death date, company, any remarks, county of death, cemetery buried in, cemetery address, city of burial, directions to the cemetery, latitude & longitude.
The cemetery project is managed by Keith & Myra Lanier and Myra is one of our county coordinators here in NCGenWeb. Thanks to the NC SCV, the Lanier’s and all volunteer contributors that help make this resource available for NC researchers.
Have you visited our pages for Alamance County & Rockingham County lately? We are pleased to share that both sites have recently been updated with new website designs and we invite you to check them out!
Alamance County is coordinated by Cathy von Hassel-Davies. Cathy joined the NCGenWeb in December and is enthusiastic about helping researchers get to information relevant to the county. If you would like to stay current with site updates, be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed or sign up to receive notifications by email. A big welcome to Cathy!
Additionally, the Rockingham County site has also had a facelift. Interim coordinator Katherine Benbow is an experienced genealogist and has been with NCGenWeb for many years. Katherine can help steer you in the right direction should you have questions about researching genealogical information in that area. Subscribe to the RSS feed to stay current with updates.
The NCGenWeb is dedicated to helping provide free genealogical information and relies on your contributions. Please do let us know if you have information to share.
Back in August I shared news that NC would be contributing papers to the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America digitized newspaper portal. The final title selections have now been made and announced on the North Carolina Miscellany blog of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Newspapers selected will cover Buncombe, Cherokee, Chowan, Craven, Cumberland, Durham, Guilford, Henderson, Edgecombe, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Pasquotank, Sampson, Vance, Wake, and Watauga counties.
The full list of 21 titles is on the NC Miscellany blog post. These are going to span 1836-1922 and there are sure to be many gems among their pages. All 100,000 pages planned for this phase should be online by Summer 2014. Stay tuned for more info as they start to get digitized!