North Carolina Fast Facts and Key Resources

North Carolina Fast Facts and Key Resources

Facts and resources for tracing your Tar Heel ancestors.

Statehood: 1789

Colony founded: 1653

First federal census: 1790

Colonial census: 1784 through 1787

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1913

Statewide marriage records begin: 1962

Counties: 100 (first established 1664)

State-land state

Contact for vital records: North Carolina Vital Records 1903 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699 (919) 733-3526 <vitalrecords.dhhs.state.nc.us/vr/holdings>

Web Sites

Avenues of Early NC Settlement

<ncnatural.com/maps/ethnic.jpg>

FamilySearch: North Carolina Research Outline

<www.familysearch.org/eng/search/rg/guide/north_carolina.asp>

Finding Slave Records

<statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/iss/gr/slaveprep3.htm>

Military Organizations in Colonial North Carolina

<www.rafert.org/colonial/>

North Carolina GenWeb Project

<rootsweb.com/~ncgenweb>

North Carolina Historical Timeline

<rootsweb.com/~nccatawb/timeline.htm>

North Carolina in the Civil War

<rootsweb.com/~ncmil/nccivwar.htm>

North Carolina Newspaper Project

<statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/ncnp/intro.htm>

Resources

Encyclopedia ofNorth Carolina edited by William S. Powell (University of North Carolina Press)

The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943 by David Leroy Corbitt (North Carolina State Archives)

Guide to Private Manuscript Collections in the North Carolina State Archives edited by Barbara T. Cain (North Carolina State Archives)

Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: County Records (North Carolina State Archives, download free from <www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/archives/FindingAids/co_guide.pdf>)

Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: State Agency Records (North Carolina State Archives)

North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal CD (North Carolina Genealogical Society)

North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History edited by Helen F.M. Leary (North Carolina Genealogical Society)

North Carolina Through Four Centuries by William S. Powell (University of North Carolina Press)

Organizations and Archives

Duke University William R. Perkins Library

103 Perkins Library, Durham, NC 27708, (919) 660-5822, <www.lib.duke.edu>

National Archives and Records Administration Southeast Region

5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260, (770) 968-2100, <archives.gov/southeast>

North Carolina Genealogical Society

Box 1492, Raleigh, NC 27602, <www.ncgenealogy.org>

North Carolina State Archives

109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601, (919) 807-7310, <www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/archives>

State Library of North Carolina

109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601, (919) 807-7460, <statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us>

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina Collection

Wilson Library CB 3930, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, (919) 962-1172, <www.lib.unc.edu>

 

From the May 2008 Family Tree Magazine  

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