NCGenWeb -  Ideas for your Websites


*This page is to give ideas to our members who may be unsure of what records they may want to create for their websites; it is not limited to just these records, and you are welcome to submit other ideas if you wish, too.  It is important for all CCs to keep in mind that *new* data/scanned images can be submissions from researchers/transcribers and NOT  necessarily just something the CC has submitted. Transcribed records are best to add to your websites since they can be picked up by Search engines and easily found by visitors to your sites. And remember, that the NCGenWeb strictly adheres to the copyright laws and that we cannot post anything that violates it.  If you are unsure what is covered by copyright, visit the Copyright Checks link below. 

Copyright Checks

Is it copyrighted? Check the links below to find out:   (The Online Book Page of copyrights)   (A "how-to" page)

Please read our USGenWeb Copyright Information page which details our standards

Cemeteries It is recommended that tombstones with a birthdate only be blacked out.


Find your List of Cemeteries by County, link to your County: Cemetery Census or  Find-A-Grave


Create link or links to individual Cemeteries for your County on Find-A-Grave  or Cemetery Census


If you're really adventurous, create links to individual Names in a Cemetery on Cemetery Census or Find-A-Grave


Transcribe the W.P.A. Cemetery listings for your County found at the NC Digital Collection
Obits Format for obits submitted to your site:
Recommended Newspaper or Funeral Home name and date of obit:
URL of above if applicable:
Name of deceased:
Date deceased:
Age at time of death:
Place of death:
Place of burial:
Date of funeral services:
Place of funeral services:
Date of birth (if given):
Place of birth (if given):
Recommended Government Sites - NARA Records are great resources - Transcribe, link or attach records for your County
Ideas ---Military-WWII:

Korean War:

Vietnam War:
Vital Records NC vital records are a matter of public record. Anyone can request uncertified copies of your birth, marriage, divorce or death information with no questions asked. NC is one of the few states I've come across where this is the case. Restrictions are only placed when making a request for a certified copy.

All effort will be taken to avoid posting information concerning living persons.
* The following guidelines applies to Vital Records:
+ Records of births, marriages, and divorce during the last 80 years should not be posted.
+ Records of deaths for any year may be posted, but care should be taken to honor family wishes regarding such postings.

Idea is a great source of material; NC has a tremendous amount of images of Marriages & Death Certificates which can be indexed or transcribed for a County
An index of Surnames in a given year of vital records would be helpful to researchers.
Records of all kinds NC Digital Collection has many records that can be transcribed; Search an individual collection or entire collection by County or Surnames to locate for your website.
Ideas: NC Digital Collection
Create a listing of Family Bibles for your County, link to individual bible; or can transcribe the info from bibles
  Create a listing of Family Papers Collections linked to collection; see example
Ideas: DigitalNC
DigitalNC -Any of these you can create links to specific collections for your Location,  Subject, etc., or be adventurous, and include a listing of the Titles found in your Location.   Records in the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center include Yearbooks, Newspapers, Memorabilia, City Directories

Ideas: Documenting American South

Documenting the American South has numerous resources for Counties; search by Subject or County to find records to add to your site. Example: North Carolina and it's Resources provides many Subjects by Location to choose from

Ideas: FamilySearch Records:

Transcribe Wills and Estates from FamilySearch at any time for your website, always are appreciated

Probate Records, Estate Files

Create a page with the list of  Names in the specific Collection for your County, with a link to the main page of the NC Estate Files 1663-1979 or NC Probate Records 1735-1970, or whichever one you transcribe from.  Warning, not recommended to use what may seem to be "direct" links to County through FamilySearch, since they regularly change, they are not static.
  Transcribe any of the info from the Freedmen's Bureau Collections, info including names are best
  Transcribe various records for certain Counties in the NC County Records 1833-1970- Records vary: Voters Registrations, Election, School records, Coroners records, Custody records, Slave records, Tax & Census, Estates, Guardianships, Wills, Civil Actions, Marriage records - check for Counties available

Links to FamilySearch Records

Note that when linking to FamilySearch Records Collections, you should only use their official catalog links because the others are not static and will disappear after a short period. Following are permalinks to some of their major NC Collections:

North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979:

North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970:

North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930:

North Carolina Deaths 1931-1994:

North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000:

North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979:

North Carolina Marriages 1762-1979:


North Carolina State Archives Has a County Records Box List with various records available for about 40 Counties. Some are PDF pages listing Names and other details; some are actual transcriptions of the records. You may provide direct links to those PDF's or Pages, or transcribe them for your own County site.  Records include Civil Actions, Coroners Inquests, CRX, Divorce, Estate, Guardians, Inheritance Tax, Lunacy, Marriage, Widows Support, and Wills.  Counties with available records:  Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Bute, Cabarrus, Beaufort, Buncombe, Caldwell, Camden, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Forsythe, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Haywood, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Lenoir, Macon, Martin, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Moore, Northampton, Pamlico, Pender, Perquimans, Polk, Richmond, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Swain, Wilkes, Transylvania, Washington, Wayne, Yancey
Idea: Link to online guide Guide to Research Materials in the State Archives  List of available records by County
Library of Congress The American Memory website offers many records of all kinds, Browse or search the Collections
NC Postal History Society NC Postmark Catalog  lists by County, can link your specific County
Internet Archive records of all kinds are free and can be copied or linked to;search for records for your site. This also the link for the Wayback Machine

Additional Website Tools


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