North Carolina, United States Genealogy
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First in Flight
- 8 proprietors granted land 1663-1729; Granvilles continued to 1763
- Poor natural harbors forced most settlers to come overland to NC
- State births and deaths start 1913
- The best U.S. handbook is Helen F. M. Leary, ed, North Carolina Research
Extinct or Historical Counties
Counties gone to Tennessee or Virginia: State of Franklin · Blount · Caswell (TN) · Davidson (TN) · Fincastle (VA) · Greene (TN) · Hawkins · Sevier · Spencer · Sullivan · Sumner · Tennessee · Washington (old) · Wayne (TN)
Extinct or Renamed Counties: Albermarle · Albermarle Precinct · Archdale · Bath · Berkeley · Bute · Carteret Precinct · Clarendon · Cleaveland · Dobbs · Glasgow · Pamptecough · Pelham · Shaftesbury Precinct · Tryon · Wickham
Major RepositoriesNorth Carolina State Archives · North Carolina State Library · University of North Carolina Library · Duke University Perkins Library · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Library of Congress
Black Fox Trail · Catawba and Northern Trail · Catawba Trail · Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad · Fall Line Road (or Southern Road) · Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, and Wilmington Trail · Great Valley Road · Jonesboro Road · King's Highway · Lower Cherokee Traders' Path · New River and Southern Trail · Occaneechi Path · Old Cherokee Path · Rutherford's War Trace · Secondary Coast Road · Unicoi Trail · Upper Road · Wilmington, Highpoint, and Northern Trail
- Guide To Research Materials In the North Carolina State Archives 379 page county record inventory. Lists county formation date, courthouse disasters, record types (bonds, corporate, court, election, estate, land, marriage, roads, tax, wills), dates covered, if a book, boxed, or filmed.
- The North Carolina GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
- Message Boards and other Internet sites can help. CyndisList links to 24 categories of NC genealogy Internet sites.
- North Carolina Genealogy Internet aggregator site. Includes a brief state history, extinct counties, burned counties, statewide genealogy links, mailing lists, and county genealogy links.
- North Carolina Blacksheep Ancestors, NC prisoners, outlaws, court records, and executions.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
- North Carolina Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina Davidson County Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina Death and Burial (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Things you can do
Below list some of the many tasks you can help with:
- Helen F.M. Leary, ed., North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, 2nd ed. (Raleigh, NC Genealogical Soc., 1996), 313-28. (FHL Book 975.6 D27n 1996) WorldCat entry. Eight proprietors granted land to North Carolina colonists until they sold out to the Crown (King George II) in 1729. One proprietor, Lord Granville would not sell to the King. His agents continued to grant land in Granville District, a strip of land 60 miles wide on the Virginia border, until Granville II died in 1763.
- Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 493. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry. Three of the main overland routes to North Carolina were the King's Highway, Fall Line Road, and Great Valley Road.
- Eichholz, 494.
- The best U.S. genealogical research guide is widely acknowledged to be Leary because she explains research strategies better than any other.