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1810 United States Federal Census830,631
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890141,002
North Carolina, State Census, 1784-1787Free13,416
North Carolina Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790.291
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North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-201110,884,554
North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-19767,543,578
North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-20006,916,978
North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-20044,134,003
North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-20042,709,597
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947Updated54,293,029
U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-18652,049,383
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918613,480
North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948Updated196,216
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U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940320,331
North Carolina, Naturalization Records, 1872-199685,113
Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775Free50,955
North Carolina, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1958-19635,845
North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, 1975-1984--Consolidated Index604
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Marriage notices from the Western Democrat, Charlotte, N.C., 1853-1870594
North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. III487
Ray's index and digest to Hathaway's North Carolina historical and genealogical register196
Marriage notices from the Charlotte Journal, Charlotte, N.C., July 3, 1835-December 7, 1851152
Marriage records from the files of the Greensboro, N.C. Patriot, 1826-1899100
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North Carolina, Freedmen's Bureau Assistant Commissioner Records, 1862-1870127,316
Branson's North Carolina business directory3,538
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol. I: (North Carolina Yearly Meeting)1,166
History of the church of God, from the creation to A. D. 18851,032
Industrial directory and reference book of the state of North Carolina930
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North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-19701,297,129
North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-19981,149,444
North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909876,445
Tennessee, Early Land Registers, 1778-1927Free511,683
North Carolina, Land Grant Files, 1693-1960216,851
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Index to the colonial and state records of North Carolina covering volumes i-xxv2,238
Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830334
Proceedings of the fifty-fifth communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M.321
Guide book of N.W. North Carolina127
Lumley-Lumbley extracts from the Wake County, North Caroline tax lists, circa 1791-186744
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Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775Free119,305
Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-180014,680
North Carolina, the Old North State and the new3,737
History of North Carolina, Vols I-VI2,966
Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states2,541
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A Genealogical History

North Carolina in brief

Statehood: November 21, 1789
Capital: Raleigh
Largest City: Charlotte
Counties: 100
State motto: Esse Quam Videri (To Be, Rather Than To Seem)
State nickname: The Tar Heel State, The Old North State
Neighboring states: Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee


Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina, c. 1902

Interesting Facts

  • Because the stormy coastline of North Carolina does not include a natural harbor, most immigrants to the area arrived via overland routes.
  • The earliest Anglo settlers of North Carolina were Virginians, but the the early eighteenth century, colonists from Germany, England, and Switzerland began arriving in the New Bern area, and Scots-Irish and German immigrants came down via the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania.
  • During the Civil War, North Carolina supplied more troops to the Confederacy than any other state (125,000). Of these more than 14,000 were killed.

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North Carolina, County Records, 1833-197022
U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948196,216
North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-20044,134,003
North Carolina, Freedmen's Bureau Assistant Commissioner Records, 1862-1870127,316

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North Carolina Census Research

Federal census records for North Carolina began in1790. The 1790 enumeration is missing for Caswell, Granville, and Orange counties; the 1810 is missing the counties of Craven, Greene, New Hanover, and Wake, (though the information has been substituted in most publications with tax lists); and the 1820 is complete except for Currituck, Franklin, Martin, Montgomery, Randolph and Wake counties. The only surviving portions of the mostly destroyed 1890 census are South Point and River Ben townships in Gaston County, and Township No. 2 in Cleveland County.

In 1784 the North Carolina General Assembly requested that a list of inhabitants be taken. Compliance was slow and apparently incomplete, with some counties not responding until 1786.  Tax lists may be used to substitute for other early censuses.

 

North Carolina Vital Records

North Carolina began requiring statewide registration of births and deaths in March, 1913. Compliance was considered full by 1920. Marriage records were recorded with the Register of Deeds in each county after 1868.  Earlier marriages could be solemnized by numerous authorities, so records were sporadically kept. Marriage bonds are available for about half of the counties, and some marriages may be found at the county level.

North Carolina Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about North Carolina history and genealogy.  In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching

 

Regional and Specialty Research