Raleigh, NC, is named for Sir Walter Raleigh. He’s the English explorer whose royal charter to colonize “the Colony and Dominion of Virginia” (which at the time extended far beyond present-day Virginia) resulted in the lost colony of Roanoke Island in 1591—but also paved the way for later colonization in the New World.
Sir Walter’s statue outside the convention center looks like he’s surveying his dominion.
The area’s first permanent European settlers came south from the colony of Virginia around 1650. The Province of Carolina was established in 1660. In 1712, North Carolina split off’ it became a royal colony in 1729 and was the 12th state to ratify the US constitution in 1789.
Here are some North Carolina genealogy links:
- North Carolina GenWeb
- North Carolina state archives
- North Carolina state library
- North Carolina Genealogical Society
- Southeastern North Carolina Genealogical Society
- Cyndi’s List: North Carolina
- Access Genealogy North Carolina Index