The State Library and State Archives have a wide variety of genealogical resources not included in the Family Records online collection. Browse the records here, or feel free to contact us.

Visit us in person

State Archives of North Carolina Search Room
The State Archives of North Carolina receives visitors to the Search Room Tuesday through Saturday, as well as more than 17,000 postal mail and e-mail inquiries each year. Instructions on how best to conduct research, either in person or by mail are included on their website.

State Library of North Carolina Genealogy Services
The State Library's genealogy reading room serves thousands of visitors per year and provides research assistance in-person, over-the-phone, via postal mail, and e-mail. Their website provides research aids and access to genealogy databases, as well as information for beginning genealogical research and tracking ancestors back to North Carolina.

Online resources


Ancestor Chart (pdf)
This blank chart provides users with a method of recording information about the relationships between their ancestors.

Catalogs, Finding Aids, and Box Lists

State Archives online catalog (MARS)
The Manuscript and Archives Reference System, MARS, is the online catalog for the State Archives. You can search it to find listed the materials within the State Archives, and some of those materials also include images viewable online. Images are accessible via the DjVu Viewer Browser Plug-in, available for free download from LizardTech.

State Archives online finding aids
Detailed listings of records in the custody of the State Archives, including academic records, non-textual materials (such as photographs), organization records, private collections, and State Agency records.

State Archives County Records Box Lists
From the State Archives, a selection of PDF listing of names that appear in various county records. Included are estates records, which include papers that relate to the settlement of a person's estate.

Guides and Articles

Archives Information Circulars
Essays written by Archives staff to introduce resources and various areas of research. Topics included are: Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers, Census Records, 1787-1920, Tennessee records, Civil War records, Military Personnel records, maps, Revolutionary War records, the colonial and state records, marriage bonds, as well as records relating to African Americans, and Native Americans.

How To: Finding Slave Records
From the State Library, a how-to article for finding and using slave records.

Guide to County Records at the State Archives
A listing of more than 9,000 bound volumes, 21,000 boxes, and over 24,000 reels of microfilm containing county government records and documents available to researchers in the State Archives.

How To: Sources for NC Vital Records
Information on how to locate and use North Carolina vital records including birth/death certificates and marriage licenses.

County Formation
A historical list of how and when North Carolina counties were formed, including links to NCPedia articles on counties' histories.

Other Online Collections

Cemetery Census
Cemetery Census is a strictly volunteer effort to record the burials in local family, religious and municipal cemeteries in North Carolina and Virginia.

Colonial and State Records Online
A digital version of the 26-volumes series The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina. This series contains documents from North Carolina's settlement through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

Documenting the American South
This digital publishing initiative provides online access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. It also boasts the largest collection of southern African-American and slave information online.

Eastern North Carolina Digital Library
This project brings together local history materials, historical fiction related to these localities, and museum artifacts that highlight Eastern North Carolina's rich past. It also provides classroom resources such as lesson plans for integrating these materials into K-12 studies.

North Carolina Digital Collections
The North Carolina Digital Collections is includes all of the Family Records available through this site. However, it also includes many other collections with images, documents, and information relevant to genealogists and family historians.

Wake County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Collections
This website provides access to Raleigh City Directories, transcriptions of personal diaries, a list of farmers/landowners in Wake County in the 1890s, and an index of Confederate Burials in Raleigh's Oakwood cemetery.