North Carolina Research Tips and Strategies
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North Carolina Research Strategies
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in North Carolina
- North Carolina Online Genealogy Records
- How to find North Carolina Birth Records
- How to find North Carolina Marriage Records
- How to find North Carolina Death Records
North Carolina Research Tips
These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in North Carolina.
- Birth information: Statewide registration of births began in 1913 in North Carolina with general compliance by 1920. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
- Finding Parents: Statewide registration of deaths began in 1913 in North Carolina with general compliance by 1917. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search North Carolina death records
- Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.
North Carolina Record Finder
This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for they type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
|1. What you are looking for:||2. Try these records first:||3. Other useful records|
|Birth information||Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records||Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)|
|Marriage information||Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records||Church records, Probate records, Military records|
|Death information||Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries||Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records|
|Parents||Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Census, Church records||Biography, Genealogy|
|Maiden name||Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records||Church Records, Military Records (pension)|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census||Obituaries, Biography, History|
|Naturalization||Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records||Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals|
|Physical description||Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906)||Biography, History|
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Further North Carolina Research
For more research on North Carolina, including research at the county level, visit the North Carolina page on the Research Wiki.
Search all of the North Carolina record collections at FamilySearch.