RESEARCH HELP Pages
Links to useful information on the
North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources - Doorway to State of NC genealogy resources
Oral History can be an important part of your genealogy research. Check out these
about interviews on the Smithsonian web site.
Consolidated List of North Carolina Resources
- NCGenWeb page with links to a variety of helpful pages with information about North
North Carolina People in the
Papers: Person County - NCGenWeb -Obits & news articles starting from 1799
History & Explanation of Vital Records in North Carolina
-NCGenWeb - learn about Adoption, Birth, Marriage, Cohabitation, Divorce & Death Records, and where to find them
Listings of Available NC Vital Records Online -
NCGenWeb, listed by County with links to records
Illnesses Reported to NC Board of Health in 1896 -
NCGenWeb; lists by county, many ancestors disappeared just before 1900 due to these illnesses
Person County Executions -
NCGenWeb; Includes a link to Statewide executions
History of North Carolina Parishes
FamilySearch - Has hundreds of free
research databases for Birth, Marriage, Death, Probate, all kinds of genealogical materials from all over the World; this is the link to NC databases;
try them, well worth your time!
North Carolina History Project -Online encyclopedia
of NC, including commentaries, lessons, community calendar
Carolina Baptist Historical Collection - At Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem,
NC. From the web page: The North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection (also known as the
Ethel Taylor Crittenden Collection in Baptist History) documents the history of North
Carolina Baptist churches, institutions, and indivuduals. The collection contains
materials on Southern, Missionary, Primitive, African-American, Union, and Alliance of
Baptist churches. These materials include over 16,000 books, periodicals, association
annuals and other printed materials; church records; association minutes; and church
vertical files. In addition, there are more than 1000 biographical folders containing
information on and photographs of Baptist pastors and Wake Forest alumni.
Abstracts: Person County - Stories from the past
GenDisasters: North Carolina - Events that
touched our Ancestors lives
- includes a list of residents in the Person County Poorhouse from the 1850 census and
the 1870 census.
Civil War Soldiers
& Sailors System - A National Park Service site that includes a data base of
- RootsWeb Death Records Data Base -
Many Person County death records are included here.
- Links to Message Boards
Person County Postcards - from UNC-CH Collections
- Hometown Locator: North Carolina - Find a City, Town, County, State, or other location
- Revolutionary War Claims - Click, then Search for "North Carolina"
- Confederate War Interments - From the National Park Service,
thousands of burials
- World War II Army Casualties - From NARA, covering
all NC Counties
- World War II Navy, Marine, Coast Guard Casualties for NC
- From NARA
- Reminiscences : a sketch and letters descriptive
of life in Person County in former days -Read this book online for free at Archive.org; lots of Person Co. material
- NCPedia -Everything about NC, an online encyclopedia
- DigitalNC - North Carolina's Digital Heritage
- Remembering Roxboro & Person County - on
wonderful page that posts County photos & docs
- Perpetual Calendar - find a calendar for any year, past or
- Inflation Calculator - ever wonder how much money was worth in the past? Try this easy tool!
- Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms - help understand what those old diseases
Person County Courthouse
Person County Register of Deeds Office
P. O. Box 209
21 Abbitt Street
Roxboro, NC 27573
Site includes an Online Searchable Database link at top of the page
Planning a visit to the Person County
Courthouse? Read below:
Tips for Research in the Register of Deeds Office
These tips are some things that I have learned by
doing research in the Person County Register of Deeds Office. Please send me any tips that you have and I will add them here. These tips are not
earth-shattering items but might alert you of records available in the Register of Deeds Office that will be useful in your research.
All permits to move graves are recorded in Deed Book 88. The largest movement of graves in Person County occurred in connection with the
construction of both the Hyco and Mayo power plants by then Carolina Power and Light Company (now Progress Energy). Graves are occasionally be moved
because of a road construction project. Graves are sometimes moved from a small family cemetery to a larger church or community cemetery.
Plats can be a useful resource in finding cemeteries. Most plats which in any way show a cemetery are indexed in the Plat Index Book under the
heading "Cemeteries." I have made a copy of these index pages and am slowly adding these cemetery references to the cemetery "Master List."
Marriage certificates are indexed in a card file that includes cards for both brides and grooms.
Recording of birth certificates started North Carolina counties in 1913 with the passage of the 1913 Vital Statistics Law. In some cases persons
born prior to 1913 provided acceptable proof of birth and delayed birth certificates were issued. Delayed birth certificates are noted by a "D" in
the index. These are public records and you are free to examine them and to make copies if you wish.
To find a birth certificate, use the "Birth Index" to get the book and page number where the birth certificate is filed.
The Birth Index is also useful for deaths in the following way. For those entries in the Birth Index for which death occurred in North Carolina a
notation of the date and county of death is included in the Birth Index.
Recording of death certificates began North Carolina in 1913. Thus you will not find death certificates prior to 1913.
Death certificates on file in the Person County Register of Deeds include only deaths that occurred in Person County. No certificates on available
here for deaths that occurred in a hospital in Durham County.
To find a death certificate use the "Death Index" to the get book and page number where the death certificate is filed.
You will have to ask for this one but I recently learned that the Register of Deeds Office has a card file that includes a huge number of graves in
Person County. The card file was typed from pages in several three-ring binders that are now located at the Person County Historical Society. The
surveys are now several decades old but could be valuable if you are trying to located a grave. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the name on
The records in this office are key to much of our genealogical research. You will find the staff in the Registor of Deeds Office to be very helpful.
Amanda W.Garrett is Register of Deeds. Faye Gryder is Assistant Register of Deeds. Judith D. Shepard & Tonya R. Wilson are Deputy Registers of Deeds.
Records in this office include:
- marriage licenses
- birth and death certificates (since 1913)
If you need a copy of a specific item from that office (and you know exactly what you want) they will make a copy and mail it to you for $1 per
page. A great deal if you need copies of one or two deeds.
Person County Clerk of Court's Office
Person County Courthouse
105 South Main St
Roxboro, NC 27573
They also have a Facebook page
Debbie Barker is the Clerk of Court. Her staff can help you with most requests. Recent
estate records are in this office. Old estate records are in the NC Archives in Raleigh, NC.
Person County Library
The Person County Public Library includes a local
history room with a large amount of genealogy information. The library Web page has
additional information. See staff listing here. The reference librarian is usually the best contact for genealogy questions.
One of the many
useful sources in the local history room at the library is the microfilm collection of the Courier-Times, the local newspaper. This collection
provides a treasure of obituaries and other local news. In order to find an obituary, it is necessary to know the date of death!
Other Nearby Libraries
Person County Museum of History
Phone: 336-597-2884. Great source for local
history and exhibits. The museum has a web page.
Person County Historical Society
PO Box 887
Roxboro, NC 27573
Caswell County Historical Association
Has a terrific genealogical
website to help with your research. Visit their website
VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society
The VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical
Society was organized in April 1978 to preserve and to share local records with persons having an interest in the Virginia counties of Franklin, Henry,
Pittsylvania and Halifax and the North Carolina counties of Rockingham, Caswell and Person. Membership in the society is open to individuals, families,
libraries, societies and/or corporations. Dues are $20 per calendar year and members receive the quarterly publication of the Society, Piedmont
Lineages. Contact: VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 2272, Danville, VA 24541.
For additional information, see the Society
North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh
- North Carolina State Archives
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2807
Includes original North Carolina records, some bible records, cemetery records, passenger lists, land grants, vital statistics, county records,
- The NC State Archives now has an Online Correspondence Service - check it out!
- North Carolina State Library
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2807
Includes family histories, genealogies, published abstracts of records, genealogy reference books.
FamilySearch Centers are located throughout the United States to help researchers by providing a number of genealogical resources including records
on microfilm & microfiche, CDs, published reference sources for the area of interest, genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases & maps, etc. A nominal
fee may be charged for microfilm not housed at the local FHC, and some of the smaller centers require that you make an appointment since they have
limited staff who are all volunteers. You may also want to read about some of their online courses and see what kinds of records are available by
visiting their online Learning Center. You may want to Click Here to locate a
FamilySearch Center in your area.
They also have a number of Records Collections online for every State & County, as well as for many other Countries which may be accessed on their
website for free. Their entire website can be searched from here, or you can look through their list
of individual North Carolina Databases.
Roxboro Courier-Times (Person County Life)
List of Newspapers that have been published in Person County.
Began in 1896
Earliest known issue: May 20, 1896
Ceased in 1910
Last known issue: May 11, 1910
Continues: Person County Courier
Continued by: Roxboro Courier
Began in 1943
Earliest known issue: Oct. 18, 1943
Formed by the union of: Roxboro Courier, and: Person County Times
Began in 1979
Earliest known issue: Aug. 15, 1979
Last known issue: Jan. 2, 1980
Person County Courier
Began in 1885
Earliest known issue: Sept. 23, 1885
Ceased in 1896
Last known issue: May 13, 1896
Continues: Person County News
Continued by: Courier
The Person County News
Began in 1882
Earliest known issue: July 5, 1882
Ceased in 1885
Last known issue: May 30, 1883
Continues: Roxboro Herald
Continued by: Person County Courier
Person County Times
Began in 1929
Earliest known issue: Oct. 8, 1929
Ceased in 1943
Last known issue: Oct. 14, 1943
Merged with: Roxboro Courier, to form: Courier-Times
The Roxboro Courier
Began in 1910
Earliest known issue: May 18, 1910
Ceased in 1943
Last known issue: Dec. 29, 1942
Merged with: Person County Times, to form: Courier-Times
The Roxboro Herald
Began in 1881
Earliest known issue: May 5, 1881
Ceased in 1882
Last known issue: July 21, 1881
Continued by: Person County News
of the Person County Library
- Roxboro Courier: 9/1885 - 12/1942
of the North Carolina Archives
- Roxboro Courier Times: 10/1943 - 12/2003 (first nine months of 1943 are missing)
Courier, weekly, 1896-1910. RoxRC 4-17, 13
reels. A continuation of the Person County Courier. Continued by the Roxboro Courier.
Courier-Times, semi-weekly, 1945-1972. RoxCT,
Person County Courier, weekly, ,
1887-1896. RoxRC 1-4, 4 reel. Continued by the Courier.
Person County News, weekly, [1882, 1883].
RoxMISC-1, partial reel.
Person County Times, semi-weekly, 1936-1941,
1943. RoxPCT, 4 reels. (Weekly -March 1937).
Roxboro Courier, weekly, 1910-1917, .
RoxC 17- 24, 8 reels. A continuation of the Courier. Merged with the Person County Times
to form the Courier-Times.
Roxboro Herald, weekly, . RoxMISC-1,