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Welcome to the North Carolina page,
First in Flight

The discovery of "Croatoan" on the palisade of the "Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island, NC, 1590.
Most unique genealogical features:

Counties

Extinct or Historical Counties

Albemarle | Bath | Bute | Cherokee Reservation | Clarendon | Dobbs | Glasgow | Tryon

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Cherokee CountyClay CountyGraham CountyMacon CountySwain CountyJackson CountyHaywood CountyTransylvania CountyHenderson CountyBuncombe CountyMadison CountyYancey CountyMitchell CountyMitchell CountyMcDowell CountyRutherford CountyPolk CountyCleveland CountyGaston CountyLincoln CountyCatawba CountyCaldwell CountyAvery CountyWatauga CountyAshe CountyAlleghany CountyWilkes CountyBurke CountyAlexander CountyIredell CountySurry CountyStokes CountyYadkin CountyDavie CountyRowan CountyCabarrus CountyMecklenburg CountyUnion CountyStanly CountyDavidson CountyForsyth CountyRockingham CountyGuilford CountyRandolph CountyMontgomery CountyRichmond CountyScotland CountyAnson CountyCaswell CountyAlamance CountyOrange CountyPerson CountyDurham CountyGranville CountyWake CountyChatham CountyLee CountyHarnett CountyCumberland CountyHoke CountyBladen CountyColumbus CountyBrunswick CountyNew Hanover CountyPender CountyDuplin CountySampson CountyJohnston CountyFranklin CountyVance CountyWarren CountyNash CountyWilson CountyWayne CountyOnslow CountyJones CountyCraven CountyCarteret CountyPamlico CountyBeaufort CountyHyde CountyDare CountyTyrrell CountyWashington CountyLenoir CountyGreene CountyPitt CountyEdgecombe CountyHalifax CountyNorthampton CountyHertford CountyGates CountyPerquimans CountyPerquimans CountyPasquotank CountyPasquotank CountyCamden CountyCurrituck CountyChowan CountyBertie CountyMartin CountyRobeson CountyMoore CountyNorth-carolina-county-map.gif

Counties gone to Tennessee or Virginia:  State of Franklin · Blount · Caswell (TN) · Davidson (TN) · Fincastle (VA) · Greene (TN) · Hawkins · Sevier · Spencer · Sullivan · Sumner · Tennessee · Washington (old) · Wayne (TN)

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Albermarle · Albermarle Precinct · Archdale · Bath · Berkeley · Bute · Carteret Precinct · Clarendon · Cleaveland · Dobbs · Glasgow · Pamptecough · Pelham  · Shaftesbury Precinct · Tryon · Wickham

Major Repositories

North Carolina State Archives ·  State Library of North Carolina · University of North Carolina Library · Duke University Perkins Library · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Library of Congress

Migration Routes

Black Fox Trail  · Catawba and Northern Trail  · Catawba Trail  · Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad  · Fall Line Road (or Southern Road)  · Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, and Wilmington Trail  · Great Valley Road  · Jonesboro Road  · King's Highway  · Lower Cherokee Traders' Path  · New River and Southern Trail  · Occaneechi Path  · Old Cherokee Path  · Rutherford's War Trace  · Secondary Coast Road  · Unicoi Trail  · Upper Road  · Wilmington, Highpoint, and Northern Trail

Research Tools

  • Guide To Research Materials In the North Carolina State Archives 379 page county record inventory. Lists county formation date, courthouse disasters, record types (bonds, corporate, court, election, estate, land, marriage, roads, tax, wills), dates covered, if a book, boxed, or filmed.
  • The North Carolina GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
  • Message Boards and other Internet sites can help. CyndisList links to 24 categories of NC genealogy Internet sites.
  • North Carolina Genealogy Internet aggregator site. Includes a brief state history, extinct counties, burned counties, statewide genealogy links, mailing lists, and county genealogy links.
  • North Carolina Blacksheep Ancestors, NC prisoners, outlaws, court records, and executions.
  • Join a Community of North Carolina researchers! Ask questions, help others, and share your research successes on Facebook and/or Skype.
Wiki articles describing online Historcial Record Collections are found at:
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Things you can do

Below list some of the many tasks you can help with:

Sources

  1. Helen F.M. Leary, ed., North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, 2nd ed. (Raleigh, NC Genealogical Soc., 1996), 313-28. (FHL Book 975.6 D27n 1996) WorldCat entry. Eight proprietors granted land to North Carolina colonists until they sold out to the Crown (King George II) in 1729. One proprietor, Lord Granville would not sell to the King. His agents continued to grant land in Granville District, a strip of land 60 miles wide on the Virginia border, until Granville II died in 1763.
  2. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 493. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry. Three of the main overland routes to North Carolina were the King's Highway, Fall Line Road, and Great Valley Road.
  3. Eichholz, 494.
  4. The best U.S. genealogical research guide is widely acknowledged to be Leary because she explains research strategies better than any other.

 

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