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National Coordinator: Denise Wells

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--- African-American Research --- Books for Sale --- Cemeteries --- Census ---

 Copyright: Common Questions & Answers --- General ---History (and History of: Sites, Courthouses)

 Historical Counties
(Albemarle, Bath, Bute, Clarendon, Dobbs, Glasgow & Tryon)

Libraries & Digitized Books

--- Maps --- Military --- Native American Research --- Newspapers --- Obituaries-- Research How To's --- Resources ---

--- Statewide Files --- Vital Records ---

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African - American Research
African-American Research Special Projects - from NCGenWeb
NCGenWeb StateWide African American Page-records on this website & others
Plantations of North Carolina     comprehensive plantations website with extensive Slave Records
Bladen County African American Resources - a NCGenWeb Special Project
Afrigeneas: African Ancestored Genealogy
Beginners Guide to African-American Research -interactive guide from Afrigeneas
Africans in America: 1450-1865 - from PBS Online
African American HeritageResearch & Resources from NARA
African American Pictures during WWII - from NARA
Enslaved and Free People of Color: Antebellum NC - NC Museum of History
State Library of North Carolina Digital Collection
Finding Slave Records - Research instructions from the State Library
Free African Americans -Paul Heinegg's groundbreaking research of the origins of Free People of Color in the South
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives From Federal Writers Project 1936-1938
Slave Narratives, Audio Collections
Duke University: Behind the Veil - audio collection of interviews about life in 1890-1950s
How Do I Trace My Slave Ancestors - Comprehensive research instructions
Slave Research: Four Things You Need to Know -Very informative guide by Robyn N. Smith
Researching Slavery's Trail of Tears - Journey of a million Slaves to the Deep South
North Carolina Laws Concerning Slaves and Free Persons of Color
North Carolina Act Concerning Slaves and Free Persons of Color
Researching Free People of Color - Tips from Kenyatta Berry of Genealogy Roadshow
The Quakers and Anti-Slavery - A narrative by Levi Coffin of the Underground Railroad Movement
Beyond the Kin Project - Research directory of Slaves & Slaveowners


~~ Cemeteries ~~
Cemetery Research and Resources
NC Mountain Region Cemeteries Includes Swain, Graham, Haywood, Jackson & Macon (NCGenWeb)
~~ Census ~~
Ancestor Search/census - explanations & links to free Census resources
1790 - 1930 Census: - not searchable, but browsable images
1790 NC Federal Census - includes 1788 Tax lists for Caswell, Orange & Granville as substitutes
1940 Census  at NARA - free images, incl. Census maps, tools for finding enumeration district
Cyndi's List of U.S. Census - Links to many U.S. & State Census online
FamilySearch.orgindex & abstracts, images for most years; search from main menu
My Free Census - Listing of free census records available online
USGenWeb Archives - Census Images
USGenWeb Census Project - Listing of all available census by State
US Census Enumerators Instructions 1850-1950 - description of instructions for each year
Census Instructions 1790-2010 -Census Bureau's details & regulations for each Census
In addition, check your Library website for free access from home to Heritage Quest, which contains U.S. Census Images 1790 - 1940. Most Libraries allow home access only requiring your Library Card number.
Copyright...Questions and Answers


When US Works Pass into Public Domain - Lolly Gassaway (University of North Carolina)
Copyright Terms and the Public Domain in the United States -  Cornell University
10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained - Brad Templeton


~~General Information~~


Common Nicknames - from USGenWeb list of names, male & female
Matching up Nicknames with Given Names - from genealogist Kimberly Powell, lists of names
Female Nicknames Commonly Used by English, Scotish, Irish
Nicknames - List from Genealogy Today
Behind the Name - Histories & meanings of first names
Old Medical Terminology
Old Disease Names
Family Tree Encyclopedia - RAOGK's Terminology & Meanings of Genealogical Terms
Encyclopedia of Genealogy - from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Old Illnesses  - PDF with list of old illnesses
Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms - Glossary of medical terms, diseases & causes of death
Medical Glossary - from Genealogy Quest
International Classification of Diseases - Codes used on death certificates
Steve Morse's One Step Webpages - easily research all kinds of records including Passenger & Immigrations lists, Census, Birth, Death, etc.
Steve Morse' Perpetual Calendar - calculate any date in one step
Perpetual Calendar Calculator - find the calendar for any month & year
Glossary of Old Occupations
How to Preserve Family Papers & Photographs - detailed tips from NARA
Document & Photo Preservation Q & A - from Linda L. Beyea
Preserving Old Photos & Documents
Understanding Family Relationships in Genealogy -various levels of cousins terminology
Free blank genealogy forms downloads - from RootsWeb (currently down)
Free Genealogy Charts & Forms - from
~~ History ~~


Founding Fathers  - Web site by Thomas' legion
History of North Carolina  - Web site by Thomas' legion
North Carolina History - on  NCPedia
North Carolina: A Guide to the Old North State (1939)
North Carolina & it's Resources -history of industry, farms, mining, mills, newspapers, hospitals
North Carolina Timeline
North Carolina History Project
History of the North Carolina Parishes
Historical List of Pastors & Ministers in NC - by name & county, from the earliest days to 1900s
List of pre-1860 Textile Mills in North Carolina
The Lost Colony  - Outer Banks History Center
What Really Happened to the Lost Colony? New Insight
List of Names from the Lost Colony
A List of Participants in the Roanoke Voyages
Lost Colony of Fort San Juan - built in 1567 in present day Burke Co.
Bits of History Podcasts - from NC Museum of History
Birth of a Colony - view a history of NC online 90 minute video produced by UNC-TV
List of North Carolina Counties - also county seats, origins, brief histories
North Carolina County and Town Histories
The "Lost" State of Franklin - story of the state formed in 1784 in NC's western counties
Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666 - list of first immigrants, some later settled NC
List of the Ancient Planters -  first settlers to have patents in early Virginia
Descendants of Ancient Planters - organization of those proven descended from first settlers
Early American Roads & Trails- routes traveled by ancestors from across the country
~~ Historic Sites ~~
North Carolina Historic Sites
North Carolina Historic Markers - can search by County or by Name
~~ Courthouses ~~
Status of the North Carolina Courthouses
County Code list - used by the State Archives in identifying records locations
~~ Libraries & Digitized Books ~~


NCGenWeb Digital Bookshelf
State Library of North Carolina Digital Collections - searchable records of all kinds
North Carolina Family Records Collections - listed by Family Name
Eastern North Carolina Digital Library - includes books by listed by Counties
Documenting the American South - includes books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina- records from  the earliest days of NC history
The Colonial Records Of North Carolina - from Google Books, early NC records
Allen County Public Library - free genealogy research databases
Cornell University Library: Making of America - records from antebellum to Reconstruction period - Can also Browse their Journals Collections  from 1815-1901
Duke Library Digital Collections
DMK Heritage: Free Small Books Collection - viewable & downloadable for free
FamilySearch Books Online - digitized & genealogy collections from a searchable page
Google Books - search for books online at Google
Search WorldCat - Find books located in libraries across the Country
Genealogy Gophers - free search of thousands of digital genealogy books
USGenWeb North Carolina Archives
North Carolina Wills & Inventories by Grimes
~~ Maps ~~



~~ Military Page ~~


~~ Newspapers ~~
Chronicling America: Library of Congress Historic Newspapers -Searchable images
North Carolina Newspaper Abstracts - from "Newspaper Abstracts"; listed by Counties
North Carolina Newspaper Locator - find newspapers by location and era
North Carolina Newspapers State Library - links to Digital Collections & Microfilm holdings -search historical newspapers for free
Free NC Newspaper Links Online - Ancestor Hunt blog with links to newspapers
NCDigital List of Newspapers - Digital newspapers online for searches


~~ Obituaries ~~


Legacy.comsearch for obits, death notices, funeral homes
Obits for Life - searchable database provided by funeral professionals
Obituary Central -provides a variety of resources for finding obits, includes State & County specific - NC obituary & death notice archives (free under Obituary Listings)
Newspaper Obituaries - directory of online obituaries & death record indexes - offers resources for obituaries, funerals and genealogy search
~~ Research in North Carolina ~~


North Carolina State Archives - home page
How to contact the State Archives
Guide to Research Materials in the NC State Archives -USGenWeb Archives, by County
Obtaining Vital Records from North Carolina
Search the State Archives MARS Online Catalog - includes links to tutorials for best searches
Visiting the State Archives - Search Room hours, location, directions, contacts, policies
Beginning Your Genealogy Research - getting started guides & resources
FamilySearch Learning Center - online genealogy courses of all kinds
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, Lookups - volunteers who help in research
Guide to North Carolina Court Records - overview of NC Courts, directory to each County
North Carolina County Court Directory - choose County for Clerk of Superior Court info
North Carolina Court System Map - select County of interest
Colonial Court Records -from the North Carolina Digital Collection
Statewide List of Register of Deeds & Tax, by County - includes links to searchable records
NC Postal History Society/Postmarks Catalog- each Post office location & postmasters, from pre-Revolutionary days to current; listed by County
North Carolina Land and Property Records - explanation & history of land grants
State Archives County Records Box Lists - selections of records for counties available, with descriptive lists and indexes
North Carolina Tax Records: Tax Laws -explains laws from colonial days to present
Architects & Builders of North Carolina
Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet - Guides to laws concerning taxables, inheritance, legal ages, etc.
~~ Resources ~~


NCGenWeb Consolidated List of Resources
North Carolina Land Grants - David McCorkle's Searchable land images
Hidden Gems on FamilySearch - a list of records not obvious on FamilySearch
DigitalNC - North Carolina Digital Heritage Center -includes newspapers, yearbooks,city directories, memorabilia, a wide variety of digital materials
NCPedia - North Carolina Encyclopedia of everything!   - Home website
FamilySearch Records Collections
FamilySearch North Carolina Wiki - Resources for NC research, listed by County
North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970 - Wills, Inventories, Guardianships, by County; not searchable, browse to collections, scroll thru downloadable images
North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979- Searchable & browsable by County
Free Records on - May require sign-up for free account
Google - Search for records of all  kinds
North Carolina Digital Collections - NC State Archives wide array of searchable databases
North Carolina ECHO-searches across digital collections at a variety of cultural heritage institutions around NC; includes a County specific index
North State Archives Flikr Page - historical images collections
NC Tax Lists & Records - digital collection from Colonial to ca 1809, various counties
NC State Library: Family History & Genealogy -help for Researchers pages
NC State Library: Genealogy Research Guides
North Carolina County Formation - from the State Library
North Carolina Family Records Collections - alphabetical listing, including Bible records
Religion of North Carolina Digital Collection -
Southern Historical Collections - Wilson Library's collection of family records; select "Research"
Tennessee Counties Originally in North Carolina -history & info about where to find records
Session Laws of North Carolina 1777-2014
Acts of the General Assembly 1773 - from Hathitrust Digital Library,with links to other years
The Laws of North Carolina 1790-1835 - from Hathitrust
Tax Records in NC: A summary of NC Tax Laws  - State Library
Bastardy & Apprenticeship Records -abstracted by County on Betty Camin's website
The Poorhouse North Carolina Poorhouses
Poor Laws of the Post-Revolutionary South
Prison Records: Black Sheep Ancestors
List of Persons Executed in NC 1910-2006 - Dept. of Corrections
~~ Statewide Files ~~
North Carolina Executions
North Carolina Executions by Counties Index to list for each County
1896 lists of Illnesses  (on NCGenWeb Vance Co.) Reported to the NC Board of Health, by County
Plantations of North Carolina - a NCGenWeb Special Project
~~ Vital Records ~~


Marriage and death notices from Raleigh Register & North Carolina State Gazette, 1799-1893
Vital Records at the NCGenWeb Digital Bookshelf
Vital Records of North Carolina
~Overview: Birth, Adoption, Marriage, Cohabitation, Divorce, & Death - From Katherine Benbow


 Vital Records Collections:

USGenWeb North Carolina Marriage Project
NCGenWeb Archives, State-Wide Marriages
FamilySearch Records:
North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000 - County index birth abstracts
North Carolina Births & Christenings 1866-1964 - Birth record abstracts based on data from Genealogical Society of Utah
North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979 - Abstracted Marriage records
North Carolina Marriages 1762-1979 - Marriage images, not all counties available
Davidson County Vital Records 1867-1984 -browsable only; images include Indexed Marriage Register 1939-1954, Marriage Licenses 1867-1950
North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930 - Death certificate images
North Carolina Deaths 1931-1994 - Death certificate images
Free Social Security Death Index at following sites:
>>FamilySearch >> Fold3 >> GenealogyBank
Request Copy of Social Security Record - Social Security Administration site

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Last updated:  February 09, 2018

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