Difference between revisions of "North Carolina State Archives"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(surr co)
Line 91: Line 91:
*Raleigh City Museum  
*Raleigh City Museum  
*North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society, Raleigh,  
*North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society, Raleigh,  
*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:''''' [http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=905 Chattam], [Durham], [Franklin], [Granville], [Harnett], [Johnston], and [Nash].  
*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:''''' [http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=905 Chattam], [http://dconc.gov/index.aspx?page=455 Durham], [http://www.franklincountync.us/services/register-of-deeds Franklin], [http://www.granvillenc.govoffice2.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={065B3E1D-52CB-458F-AEE3-1895B88124A0} Granville], [http://www.harnett.org/deeds/ Harnett], [http://www.johnstonnc.com/rod2/ Johnston], and [http://www.co.nash.nc.us/index.aspx?nid=243 Nash].  
*[[University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries]]  
*[[University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries]]  
*Duke University Perkins Library, Durham,  
*Duke University Perkins Library, Durham,  

Revision as of 21:51, 13 February 2014

United States go to North Carolina go to Archives and Libraries go to North Carolina State Archives

North Carolina State Archives
Insert building images here.jpg

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  archives@ncdcr.gov


109 East Jones Street
(Mail to: 4610 Mail Service Center)
Raleigh, NC 27699-4610

Telephone:[1]  919-807-7310
Fax:  919-733-1354

Search Room hours and holidays:[2]  Sunday-Monday closed; Tuesday-Friday: 8:00 - 5:30; Saturday 9:00 - 2:00. Closed on state holidays.

Map, parking, and public transportation:[2]

Map:  Google map
Parking:  Visitors may park for a fee in one of three state government visitors' parking facilities:
  • Visitor Lot #1 (109 E. Jones Street), accessible from Jones or Edenton Streets.
  • Visitor Lot #3 (120 W. Edenton St), accessible from Salisbury Street.
  • Visitor Lot #2 (329 North Salisbury Street, ground level of Parking Lot 75), accessible from Salisbury and McDowell Streets.
Buses: The R-LINE, a free circulator bus service, is also available to visitors to downtown Raleigh. For more information on bus stops and pick-up times, consult the R-Line website.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Home: State Archives of North Carolina for the public, for government, for educators, visit us, contact, social media, laws and guidelines, get involved, search the catalog, duplication services, records by mail, online catalog, digital collections, types of government records, types of non-government records, Outer Banks History Center, and Western History Center.
  • Manuscript and Archives Reference System online catalog by title, subject, author, or donor.
  • Digital Resources: Genealogical Research alien registration and naturalization, Bible records, genealogy and information literacy playlist on YouTube, genealogy research, and North Carolina family records online.

Collection Description

Collection of country court records so large it has not all been cataloged.[3] The North Carolina State Archives maintains original records of North Carolina governments on the state, district, and county levels. Includes audio visual material, government records, maps, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars, newspapers, photos, county records, state agency records, veterans records, organization records, private collections, and defunct academic institution records.[4]


  • You must have ID: Admission to the Search Room is by means of registering at the security desk, providing positive identification. An archives ID card will be issued for use in requesting original materials. Researchers request records by means of completing a call slip that will include the patron's archives ID number. The ID card will be surrendered to the staff while records are being used. The patron shall turn in the ID card at the security desk upon leaving the Search Room.[2]
  • Power sources are limited. Charge your laptop before you come. Wireless is available.[2]


  • Beth Gilbert Crabtree, Guide to Private Manuscript Collections in the North Carolina State Archives. 3rd rev. ed. (Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division, 1981). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 975.6 A3c. This lists about 12,000 collections with family histories, Bible records, biographical information, state and local records, records of organizations, banks, businesses (over 480 account books), schools, and historical subjects. The guide is well indexed.
  • North Carolina, Division of Archives and History. Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: County Records 11th rev. ed. (Raleigh, North Carolina: Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1997). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 975.6 A3gr 1997.
  • North Carolina, Division of Archives and History.Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives, 12th rev. ed. (Raleigh, North Carolina: Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 2009). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 975.6 A3gc.
  • NC Archives YouTube Channel - Tutorials on how to use the North Carolina State Archives Online Search Catalog called MARS

Alternate Repositories

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

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • 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.[6]

Similar Collections

  • State Library of North Carolina, Raleigh, has Internet genealogy databases; digital: family Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, and cemetery photos; genealogy guides; and county records.[7]

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Division of Archives and Records in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Visit Us in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  3. 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.
  4. Collections in State Archives of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy Research in State Library of North Carolina (accessed 7 February 2014).
  8. Vital Records in NC Dept. of Health and Human Services (accessed 13 February 2013).
  9. Wake County Vital Records in vitalrecords.com (accessed 13 February 2014), and 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.
  10. Eichholz.