State Library of North Carolina

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State Library of North Carolina
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Email: or Contact form


109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(Mail to: 4641 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4600)

Telephone: 919-814-6790

Hours and holidays: Hours and Directions. Closed on state holidays.

Public transportation, driving directions

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Great collection of books, periodicals, and genealogies for North Carolina.[1] Their collection includes genealogy databases; digital: family Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, and cemetery photos; genealogy guides; county records including wills, deeds, marriages, court minutes, tax lists, and probate records.[2]

Tips[edit | edit source]


Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Government Information State government information: online, in print, NC MOSAIC, State Government website archives, census data 1960-1980, and state agency databases ;  federal government documents: federal documents available, FDsys online fed gov doc access, and suggested websites and publications.
  • North Carolina Newspapers.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Library of North Carolina, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, is the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The Local History and Genealogy Reading Room has moved to the Main Reading Room, but services remiain unchanged.[3]
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[4]
  • National Archives at Atlanta records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.[5]

Similar Collections

  • North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, has so many county court records they have not all been cataloged,[6] NC government records at the state, district, and county levels, maps, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars, newspapers, photos, organization records, private collections, and defunct academic institution records.[7]

Neighboring Collections

Repositories in surrounding counties: Chattam, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, and Nash.

Repositories in other surrounding states: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

  • Chattanooga Public Library Downtown, Tennessee, has the Upper South's largest family folder collection which is heavy on North Carolina, Internet genealogy databases, census, newspapers, obituary index, county records, 30,000 books, manuscripts, and genealogical periodicals.[23]
  • Knox County Public Library, Tennessee, has the best index to North Carolina families, Internet genealogy databases, 75,000 books, genealogies, First Families of Tennessee, manuscripts, censuses, state and local government records, newspapers, Knoxville city directories, maps, and photos.[24]
  • Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown, California, holds the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Manuscript Collection  but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia  families.[25]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 85. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Genealogy Research in State Library of North Carolina  (accessed 7 February 2014).
  3. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  4. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
  7. Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  8. Vital Records in NC Dept. of Health and Human Services (accessed 13 February 2013).
  9. Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 508. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004, and Wake County Vital Records in (accessed 13 February 2014).
  10. Eichholz.
  11. Home in North Carolina Literary and Historical Association (accessed 14 February 2014).
  12. Home in Wake County Historical Society (accessed 14 February 2014).
  13. Resources in North Carolina Genealogical Society (accessed 14 February 2014).
  14. Publications in Wake County Genealogical Society .
  15. Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection in Wake County Public Libraries (accessed 14 February 2014).
  16. Societies, Libraries, Archives in North Carolina Genealogical Society (14 February 2014).
  17. Record Request System in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (accessed 14 February 2014).
  18. About the Southern Historical Collection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  19. Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  20. Home in Moravian Archives Winston-Salem (accessed 14 February 2014).
  21. Home in North Carolina Friends Historical Society (accessed 14 February 2014).
  22. Research Library in Presbyterian Heritage Center (accessed 14 February 2014).
  23. Genealogy Resources in Chattanooga Public Library (accessed 6 April 2021).
  24. Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knox County Public Library (accessed 11 February 2014).
  25. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).