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.
Many thanks to NCDCR for this great resource!
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 database is online at http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/csaburials. This is an ongoing project and new records will be added on a regular basis.
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.
This week, there are celebrations ongoing in Pitt County to celebrate the county’s 250th-year anniversary. As part of the festivities, the local paper, Greenville’s Daily Reflector, is featuring their new online collection of images from the newspaper — the Daily Reflector Image Collection.
This site is a spectacular resource for anyone with historical/ancestral roots to the county. It features more than 7,500 images from the paper’s photo negatives (of which there are more than 85,000). The Joyner Library at East Carolina University has for years now been building a strong digital library collection, but this just tops the cake in my book. You can download high-quality files of the image, share them via a variety of social websites, and add your own comments to the pictures if you know something about them. Some of the images here are also on Flickr and have received a great response there. The pictures cover events and people not only in Pitt county, but in surrounding counties as well.
To learn more about the project, see their About page, where you can view a SlideShare presentation about the project’s implementation. Kudos to the Joyner Library for another great resource!
On their blog today, the NC State Archives announced a change to their Saturday hour schedule. Beginning on August 1, 2009, they will no longer close for lunch from the 12-1pm hour; instead, they will be open continuously from 9am-5pm. If you are within travelling distance to visit them, this is great news! Please visit their blog for more info.