North Carolina Compiled Genealogies

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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies and some public libraries, have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. You must usually search these in person.
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For general information on Genealogies in the United States including manuscript collections, family tree databases, digital books and how to find family histories see the wiki page United States Genealogy

Statewide Bibliography

  • Hehir, Donald M. Carolina Families: A Bibliography of Books about North and South Carolina Families. (Bowie, Maryland.: Heritage Books, 1994.) FHL book 975.6 D23hd This book lists over 1,400 family surnames and gives full bibliographical information about books and microfilms.
  • Schweitzer, George K. North Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee : G.K. Schweitzer, c1984) FHL book 975.6 D27s

Daughters of the American Revolution Collections

The Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Collection contains transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, will, marriage, death and obituary records. See North Carolina Bible Records.

McCubbins' Collection

  • McCubbins, Mamie, Julie Riley and Mrs. Murphy Beard, McCubbins’ Collection. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956.)FHL film 19828 (first of 76) This collection, gathered by Mamie G. McCubbins, contains cemetery, Bible, newspaper, family, and county records of Rowan County and more than 30 other counties formed from Rowan County. The records are arranged alphabetically by surname. The first three films are an alphabetical surname guide. The collection is at the Rowan County Library in Salisbury.

Published Collections

  • Hathaway, James R. B., ed., The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register. 3 vols. (Edenton, North Carolina: J.R.B. Hathaway, 1900–1903.) FHL film 18038 (first of 3) This register includes 50,000 names found in land, court, and probate records. Indexes to Hathaway’s work include:
  • Bennett, William Doub and North Carolina Genealogical Society, North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal:Consolidated Index {Baltimore, Maryland:Genealogical Pub. co., c1997) At various libraries, FHL book 975.6 B2s
  • Index of North Carolina Ancestors. 2 vols. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1981–1984. At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 975.6 D2i This is a list of ancestors names submitted by members of the North Carolina Genealogical Society. The names and addresses of the contributors are given at the end of each volume. Each volume lists different ancestors’ names. There is also a spouse index.
  • Eaker, Lorena Shell, ed. German Speaking People West of the Catawba River in North Carolina 1750–1800. {Franklin, North Carolina: Genealogy Publishing Service, 1994.) FHL book 975.6 W2e This book contains the genealogies of many families of German origin who settled in western North Carolina.
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. A Key to Southern Pedigrees: Being a Comprehensive Guide to the Colonial Ancestry of Families in the States of Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Alabama. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1953. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • Genealogy sources can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place-names Search for:




Web Sites

  • NCGenWeb
    County pages often include surname lists.

Writing and Sharing Your Family History

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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