| North Carolina State Archives
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- 109 East Jones Street
- (Mail to: 4610 Mail Service Center)
- Raleigh, NC 27699-4610
Search Room hours and holidays: Sunday-Monday closed; Tuesday-Friday: 8:00 - 5:30; Saturday 9:00 - 2:00. Closed on state holidays.
Map, parking, and public transportation:
- 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 of country court records so large it has not all been cataloged. 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.
- 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.
- Power sources are limited. Charge your laptop before you come. Wireless is available.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- State Library of North Carolina, Raleigh, has Internet genealogy databases; digital: family Bibles, marriages, deaths, newspapers, and cemetery photos; genealogy guides; and county records.
- North Carolina Vital Records, Raleigh, order for a fee births since 1913, deaths since 1930, marriages since 1962, and divorces since 1958.
- [Wake County Register of Deeds]
- County Vital Records Office
- City Vital Records Office
- County Orphan's Court
- County Probate Court
- County Recorder
- County Coroner
- State Historical Society
- County and local historical societies
- State Genealogical Society
- County and local historical societies
- Public Libraries
- Museums and heritage societies
- University Libraries
- U.S. District Court
- Church archives
- Repositories in surrounding counties:
- Repositories in other surrounding states (or provinces):