North Carolina County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
North Carolina, United States
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Location of North Carolina
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1833-1970
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in This Collection?

The collection includes the following various county records:

  • Coroner's Inquests (1793-1905)
  • Voter Registration Books (1888-1896)
  • Wills (1821-1968)
  • Guardianships (1849-1967)
  • Estates (1854-1968)

Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved. The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. Most of the records are either handwritten or handwritten on printed forms. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

County

  • Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
  • Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
  • Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Amount of any money exchanged

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The type of event
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The names of of other family members and their relationships

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the North Carolina Record Finder to find other records

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 23 November 2016. Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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