- Cousin chart
- Digital collections, including Family Records Online
- How To:
- North Carolina county formation
- North Carolina newspapers
- Tennessee counties originally in North Carolina
Materials created for RootsMOOC, an online class on researching family history created by the State Library of North Carolina's Government and Heritage Library and Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are still available online on Canvas at:
Search the catalog for specific books, journals, newspapers, and more. Popular genealogy databases, like Ancestry, may be used for free at our library.
These can be used on site or borrowed by North Carolina libraries through interlibrary loan.
Indexes and Abstracts to North Carolina County Records
- includes wills, deeds, marriages, court minutes, tax lists, estate records and more
- primarily pre-1868
- available records vary from county to county
North Carolina Census Records
- federal census population census schedules:1790-1930, the 1880-1930 [varied] Soundex index, and the 1830-1940 [varied, incomplete] enumeration district maps/descriptions
- federal census slave schedules: 1850 and 1860
- federal mortality schedules: 1850-1880
- federal agricultural, industrial, and social statistics schedules: 1850-1880
Organization of the Genealogy Collection
In 1963 Dorothy C. Grigg, at that time Head of the Cataloging Branch, devised a special classification scheme for genealogical source materials which needed to be arranged by place. Called the Grigg Genealogical Classification Scheme, it has since received much attention for its ease of use, even for patrons visiting the library for the first time.