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The North Carolina Surname List is a genealogy registry of over 1 million surnames each with dates and submitter contact info. Find a distant cousin!
USGenWeb North Carolina Archives
Bible records, biographies, cemeteries, census, church records, court records, deeds, histories, newspapers, obituaries, pensions, photos, vital records, wills and and Special Collections Genealogy Records
North Carolina RootsWeb / Ancestry Message Boards
View or Post Surname Queries. Search user-contributed Bible Records, Biographies, Birth, Marriage & Death Records, Cemetery Records, Census, Deeds, Immigration, Look-ups, Military, Obituaries, Pensions, and Wills
Getting started searching for a North Carolina Ancestor:
Begin by recording what you know about your family tree. Start with yourself, and enter as much information as you know. You can build a FREE Family Tree Online You can also find free genealogy software and printable family trees at Genealogy Freebies to help record your information.
Vital records — birth, marriage and divorce, and death — are the foundations of genealogical research. Genealogy records at Ancestry.com will also provide additional clues.
Use the search engines above to find if your ancestor's vital records are online; otherwise write to:
Birth and Death $10.00; State office has had birth records since October 1913 and death records since January 1, 1946. Death records from 1913 through 1945 are available from NC State Archives, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2807.
Marriage: $3.00 Since 1962. Registrar of Deeds in county where marriage was performed.
Divorce: Cost varies. Since 1958. Clerk of Superior Court where divorce was granted.
Use the Ancestor Search directory of hundreds of searchable genealogy databases that can help fill in the blanks of your family tree. Be aware that not all genealogy information is available online. If your names are not found in an online database, you may have to do some research offline. Try the
North Carolina State Archives
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2807
If you do not know much about an ancestor, you may need to do additional research on his or her children first. For example:
If you do not know when your ancestor was married, the birth date of the first child may give you the approximate time frame needed to search for the marriage records.
If you do not know where your ancestor lived, finding the birthplace of the children may provide a clue.
Collaborate with other genealogists researching the same families. You can search for them at the Maryland Surname List database.
Military records are an often overlooked source to obtain vital records. Learn how to send away to the National Archives for military service and pension records at Send to NARA for military records.
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