North Carolina Family Records Online is comprised of North Carolina family history materials from the holdings of the North Carolina State Archives and State Library of North Carolina. The searchable online collection currently contains
The Bible records found in North Carolina Family Records Online come from the North Carolina State Archives' 2000+ holdings. Entries in the Bibles typically record births, deaths, and marriages covering 150 years or more, usually beginning in the early to mid-1700s and continuing through to the mid-1900s. Many records also include references to other topics, such as soldiers who served in different wars. We have recorded this information to help you search for these topics.
Bible records were often created and maintained by a specific sub-set of the population: literate, white, Protestant families. Because of this, the Bible records in this collection do not reflect the true diversity of North Carolinians during the time spans represented. For example, there are no Native American, Hispanic, or Asian families represented in the records online, and more than likely, no records in the State Archives holdings.* Moreover, most African-American genealogical information comes from slave records included in the Bible records, which typically only have births and first names. Records that contain slavery-related information have been noted with the record, and if you browse by topic you will find a link to every record with such a reference.
Despite the fact that these records describe a specific part of the population, it is our hope that they provide information about early North Carolinian families that may be difficult to research online. To further broaden this view, we are actively seeking to digitize Bible records from other populations to more accurately reflect North Carolina's diversity.
If you are interested in donating copies of your Bible records to the North Carolina State Archives for inclusion in this project, and at least one birth or death date in the record occurs before 1913, please review this brochure and/or contact theState Archives.
* Since the Bible records are not cataloged by race, it is difficult to say definitively that there are no records from any of the groups mentioned above. However, it is unlikely.
Most of the scans you'll see online were made from the photocopies or photostats that were created up to 80 years earlier when families brought their Bibles to be copied and stored with the North Carolina State Archives as part of the larger archive of North Carolina history. Records may include the original records, typescript transcriptions of the originals, or some combination of the two. Some pages are ripped, some have sections cut out, and sometimes information was crossed out or "corrected" by later generations.
Many of the records are quite beautiful, with 18th- and 19th-century children's doodles and drawings, photographs, hand-drawn family trees, and newspaper obituaries. You can sometimes track how literacy levels in a single family changed from generation to generation. The religion, language, type, and publisher of each Bible, which we have recorded for each record, might give insight into a particular family's social, political, and religious views, as well.
The State Library of North Carolina has provided services to North Carolina and her people since 1812. Among its many services, the State Library provides resources, programs, and services to anyone with a research interest in the history, culture, geography, economy and people of North Carolina. The State Library boasts one of the largest North Carolina-specific genealogical collections in the state and serves familly researchers from all over the country and throughout the world.
The North Carolina State Archives was first established in 1903 under the name North Carolina Historical Commission. Since its founding, the State Archives has been committed to the collection, preservation, and utilization of the state's historic resources so that present and future residents may better understand their history. To this purpose, the Archives safeguards the documentary and material evidence of past generations for the education of all citizens and the protection of their democratic rights.
The State Library and State Archives would like to extend their sincerest thanks to everyone whose enthusiastic efforts made this project possible: