North Carolina, County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
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|North Carolina, |
|Flag of North Carolina|
|Location of North Carolina|
|Record Type||County Records|
|State Archives of North Carolina|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection includes the following various county records:
- Coroner's Inquests (1793-1905)
- Voter Registration Books (1888-1896)
- Wills (1821-1968)
- Guardianships (1849-1967)
- Estates (1854-1968)
Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved. The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. Most of the records are either handwritten or handwritten on printed forms. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for North Carolina County Records, 1833-1970.|
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
- Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
- Signature or mark
- Amount of any money exchanged
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
|Alleghany||Assignments of territory to insolvents lists||1862-1928|
|Alleghany||Jury lists to State vs H F Jones||1848-1913|
|Ashe||School census and teachers vouchers||1881-1903|
|Buncombe||Accounts for Swannanoa Hotel to child custody||1844-1920|
|Buncombe||Child Custody proceedings||1892-1915|
|Buncombe||Child Custody to commutation of sentence||1860-1946|
|Buncombe||Correspondence to marriage license||1789-1936|
|Buncombe||Memorial for Capt ME Carter to resolution of North Fork Lumber Comp.||1786-1919|
|Buncombe||Schools to slave records||1815-1920|
|Buncombe||Tax-paid withdrawals to United States, Western District||1879-1909|
|Chatham||voter registration-canvass book||1888-1890|
|Chowan||Record of election||1878-1904|
|Columbus||List of cases||1851-1913|
|Cumberland||School records B-E||1819-1975|
|Cumberland||School records F-K||1872-1953|
|Cumberland||School records L-R||1874-1960|
|Cumberland||School records S-W||1882-1965|
|Cumberland||School minute books||1878-1911|
|Cumberland||School records, misc.||1885-1957|
|Currituck||Civil action about land||1858-1915|
|Duplin||Widows year support||1900-1968|
|Durham||Widows dower and years support||1881-1944|
|Durham||Widows year support||1881-1927|
|Forsyth||Witness Fee book Superior court||1845-1850|
|Randolph||Affidavit to correspondence||1781-1919|
|Randolph||Declaration to grand jurors||1784-1898|
|Randolph||Grists Mills to Justice of Peace||1780-1922|
|Randolph||Liquor Licenses to Hargrove||1817-1919|
|Randolph||Marsh, Elliott to sample forms||1785-1913|
|Stanly||Accounts of Hearne and Davis to criminal docket||1841-1943|
|Stanly||Chattel mortgages to Fred Long||1844-1941|
|Stanly||Insolvent debtors to petitions for restoration of citizenship||1842-1961|
|Stanly||Habeas corpus to Town of Big Lick||1843-1964|
|Stanly||Records of Slaves and free persons of color||1832-1868|
|Transylvania||Apprentice bonds to bridge records||1864-1926|
|Transylvania||Child custody to jury duty||1864-1926|
|Transylvania||Lists to special regulatons||1864-1926|
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The type of event
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The names of of other family members and their relationships
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the age to calculate a birth date
- Use the names, ages and residence church and census records
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
- Consult the North Carolina Record Finder to find other records
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.
- North Carolina Guided Research
- North Carolina Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
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