North Carolina Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—North Carolina

Explore research in North Carolina.


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Goal 1: Learn about North Carolina research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your North Carolina ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic North Carolina research strategies.
    FS—Basic North Carolina Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for North Carolina research on Ancestry.
    AC—North Carolina Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for North Carolina research.
    AC—North Carolina State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the North Carolina Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—North Carolina Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the North Carolina state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for North Carolina




Goal 2: Learn about North Carolina archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Archives and Libraries
    |
    AC—Wiki: North Carolina Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the North Carolina state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for North Carolina.
  4. Explore the Books We Own site for North Carolina genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  5. Search for free online books on North Carolina research on the FamilySearch site.
  6. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about North Carolina city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Directories
  2. Explore North Carolina city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore North Carolina city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore North Carolina historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about North Carolina vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: North Carolina Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the North Carolina Public Health site.
  3. Search for online North Carolina vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore North Carolina birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore North Carolina birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for North Carolina vital records on the Linkpendium site.

B. Explore North Carolina marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for North Carolina marriage records.
  2. Learn about North Carolina divorce records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Divorce Records
  3. Learn about North Carolina obituaries in this article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Obituaries
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for North Carolina death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for North Carolina obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for North Carolina obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore North Carolina death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore North Carolina census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of North Carolina censuses in this article.
    FS—North Carolina Census
  2. Learn about North Carolina census records.
    Census Records for North Carolina
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for North Carolina state and county census records.
  4. Explore North Carolina census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about North Carolina voting registers in this article.
    FS—North Carolina Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about North Carolina church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of North Carolina church records in this article.
    FS—North Carolina Church Records
  2. Learn about North Carolina church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—North Carolina Church Records

B. Explore North Carolina cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore North Carolina cemetery records in this article.
    FS—North Carolina Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for North Carolina cemetery records.
  3. Search for North Carolina cemetery records online.
  4. Explore North Carolina cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the North Carolina Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about North Carolina emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about North Carolina migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Migration


Goal 6: Learn about North Carolina military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to North Carolina military records.
    North Carolina Military Records
  2. Learn about North Carolina military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Military Records
  3. Explore North Carolina military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore North Carolina military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore North Carolina military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about North Carolina probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: North Carolina Probate Records
  2. Learn about North Carolina land and property records.
    FS—North Carolina Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about North Carolina land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—North Carolina Land Records

B. Learn about North Carolina court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Court Records
  2. Learn about North_Carolina court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: North_Carolina Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about North Carolina maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Maps
  2. Learn about North Carolina maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: North Carolina Maps
  3. Learn about North Carolina gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Gazetteers

B. Explore North Carolina maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of North Carolina maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of North Carolina.
  3. Explore historical North Carolina maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for North Carolina maps.


Goal 9: Learn about North Carolina newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about North Carolina newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about North Carolina newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical North Carolian newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical North Carolina Newspapers—11:11
  3. Learn about North Carolina newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: North Carolina Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore North Carolina newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for North Carolina historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search North Carolina newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search North Carolina newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search North Carolina newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore North Carolina newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional North Carolina newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for North Carolina research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from North Carolina.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or North Carolina County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for North Carolina.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the North Carolina Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your North Carolina research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the North Carolina Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the North Carolina Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the North Carolina Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for North Carolina.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for North Carolina research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about North Carolina research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for North Carolina research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the North Carolina research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about North Carolina research.

C. Learn about North Carolina genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in North Carolina in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: North Carolina Societies
  2. Explore the North Carolina Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore North Carolina genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




North Carolina Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

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Alamance    A    L Alexander    A    L Alleghany    A    L Anson    A    L Ashe    A    L Avery    A    L
Beaufort    A    L Bertie    A    L Bladen    A    L Brunswick    A    L Buncombe    A    L Burke    A    L
Cabarrus    A    L Caldwell    A    L Camden    A    L Carteret    A    L Caswell    A    LCatawba    A    L
Chatham    A    L Cherokee    A    L Chowan    A    L Clay    A    L Cleveland    A    L Columbus    A    L
Craven    A    L Cumberland    A    L Currituck    A    L Dare    A    L Davidson    A    L Davie    A    L
Duplin    A    L Durham    A    L Edgecombe    A    L Forsyth    A    L Franklin    A    L Gaston    A    L
Gates    A    L Graham    A    L Granville    A    L Greene    A    L Guilford    A    L Halifax    A    L
Harnett  A    L Haywood    A    L Henderson    A    L Hertford    A    L Hoke    A    L Hyde    A    L
Iredell    A    L Jackson    A    L Johnston    A    L Jones    A    L Lee    A    L Lenoir    A    L
Lincoln    A    L Macon    A    L Madison    A    L Martin    A    L McDowell    A    L Mecklenburg    A    L
Mitchell    A    L Montgomery    A    L Moore    A    L Nash    A    L New Hanover    A    L Northampton    A    L
Onslow    A    L Orange    A    L Pamlico    A    L Pasquotank    A    L Pender    A    L Perquimans    A    L
Person    A    L Pitt    A    L Polk    A    L Randolph    A    L Richmond    A    L Robeson    A    L
Rockingham    A    L Rowan    A    L Rutherford    A    L Sampson    A    L Scotland    A    L Stanly    A    L
Stokes    A    L Surry    A    L Swain    A    L Transylvania    A    L Tyrrell    A    L Union    A    L
Vance    A    L Wake    A    L Warren    A    L Washington    A    L Watauga    A    L Wayne    A    L
Wilkes    A    L Wilson    A    L Yadkin    A    L Yancey    A    L