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To request a lookup from any of the references, click on the name of the Owner or Researcher for the specific Resource you want.  Please limit requests to two at a time and be specific about what you need, so as to not to overwhelm the volunteers; NEVER ask anyone to give you all of the information they have, remember these are volunteers and cannot devote all of their time to your research. As you can see, volunteers are needed.  Please note that we cannot do your research for you, our lookups are limited to the referenced materials listed below and there are lists of places below which can give you professional genealogy services if you need it.  If you own or have easy access to any kind of reference materials pertaining to Wilkes County genealogy or history, and you would be willing to do lookups or help researchers on a voluntary basis, please contact us and we will gladly add your name and resource. Your efforts will certainly be appreciated.

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Rootsweb-Books We Own Various Book Lookups BWO
Genealogy Lookup Forum Various Research help Genealogy Lookups
GenLookups-Obituaries Directory of obituary lookup volunteers Gen-Lookups-Obits
 

Also note that Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is active on Facebook for inquiries.

Visit them at:  RAOGK

 
 

See our Queries Page for help on where & how posting messages help in researching

Also visit our Links Page for a number of Resources that can help you in your Research

 
 

LOOKING FOR OBITUARIES OR GENEALOGICAL MATERIALS FOR SALE?
Try these special Boards & Lists on Rootsweb for help:

(Your ancestors obituaries may be posted at either of these first 2)

Rootsweb Obituaries Board

Rootsweb Obituaries Board No.2

 

Browse the List of Genealogical Materials for Sale:

Gen-Materials Mailing List Archives

 
 
 

NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP?

Any inquiries about service, arrangements for such service, or any negotiations must be made directly with the listings below; we offer no endorsement of any services, we simply provide the names as a guide to assist researchers.

 

Board of Certified Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists

Genealogy Freelancers

List of Genealogy Researchers on Cyndi's List

 
 

RESEARCHING INFORMATION

Are you new to researching and don't know how to get started? Check with our Help for Genealogy Researchers pages

Another great resource to help you get started, in particular, it includes a step-by-step guide by Ethnic group and Records research:    RootsWeb Help Pages

 

DNA Researchers can get help and guidance from the DNA BOARDS on Ancestry.com

As well as a terrific blog  to help in easily understanding DNA in very simple terms: DNA Explained

 
 

Post what you know to a Message Board; See our Queries Page for Details

 

FamilySearch offers free online videos with step-by-step instructions on how to research; amazing resource that all beginners should view:

Getting Started With Family History 

 

The North Carolina State Library has easy to follow instructions to get you started as well as suggestions of what kinds of and where to find the records you will need in your research:

NC State Library Getting Started In Genealogy

 

Do you need help in getting started in your African American Research? This is a must-see online interactive resource from the folks at Afrigeneas.com:

Beginners Guide to African American Research

 

A step-by-step instruction website for researching Slaves, this site provides extraordinary guidance from beginning to end, including examples and complete explanations of the kinds of records needed in your research/I strongly urge especially beginners to visit this website:

How Do I Trace My Slave Ancestors?

 
 

Need further tips on researching Slave Ancestors? A very informative article by some of the foremost African American researchers in the country:

Jumping Chasms

 

When doing your research, familiarize yourself with Copyright Laws

 

While Researching be aware of Genealogy Frauds

 
 

Obtaining Copies of Historical Documents

Note: All of these addresses & websites are posted on our Links page

 

The Wilkes County Register of Deeds has Land Records starting from 1741, and birth, marriage and death records are also available from their local office. Contact the office to locate the records you are looking for at 336-651-7351.

 

The Wilkes County Clerk of the Superior Court has copies of court, wills, estate and administration records from the beginnings of the County. As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

 

It is usually cheaper to order documents through the local County level, however, there are occasions where copies may be available only through the State Archives.

The North Carolina State Archives has copies of Wilkes County records, most of them have been microfilmed, while others are housed in their many records collections and may only be accessed in their Search Room. A listing of what is available for Wilkes County can be found in their online "Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives", please note this is a pdf file and requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded for free if you don't have it. If you've never ordered records from the Archives before, I suggest  you read our Contacting the State Archives page for guidance of what to expect. 

They also offer a new service.  NC State Archives Online Correspondence
Offers 17 categories of records that they will search; click above title for details

 
 

Family History 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 what kinds of records to look for at their Learning Center.   Click Here to locate a Family History Center in your area.

 
 

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